The sequel to the action-packed Reboot is a can’t-miss thrill ride, perfect for fans of James Patterson, Veronica Roth, and Marie Lu.
After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn’t what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren’s instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he’s underestimated Wren and Callum.
The explosive finale to the Reboot duology is full of riveting action and steamy love scenes as Wren and Callum become rebels against their own kind.
I remember Reboot and even though I wasn’t into it as much as I wanted to, I find the concept of the book quite fascinating. So when I saw Rebel by Amy Tintera up for grabs on EW I just took the opportunity (and am I glad that it’s a duology; it’s easier to keep with the series with less books, and in this case just two). Reboot felt short to my expectations but nonetheless the sequel was still worth checking out. And I’m so glad that I follow my gut instinct telling me to try it out because Rebel took me by surprise and when I say surprise, I mean action-packed! I felt like I was cheated in the first book because it felt that it held back those amazing, intriguing deets and went all-out for the sequel (which is also the finale).
What made it more interesting to me was Callum. Ok, I was kinda of conflicted with the guy before. He was too human for me (which was understandably so, since he was dead for a few minutes compare to the others). But I only found him as plot device; as a catalyst to wake up Wren’s human emotions. But getting his side of the story opened up my view of him. He was really…down to earth? There’s something about him and the way he felt to the human (and his human side) that was really refreshing since most of them (reboots) found the idea still confusing. Even when he was in this state, he still managed to keep that part of him intact.
Wren still had me pondering about her. She was still on the fence most of the time, including Callum but I sort of understand why. But the great thing about it that since her relationship has been established it focused more on her and the idea that she’s more than this callous reboot before, tapping to her inner human side. She struggled so much in here, in more ways than one: physical, emotional and even psychological. She needed to fight not just not to die but to live her life the way she wants. Not the way people molded her into. And the way she managed to get passed that was really admirable.
I mentioned how action-packed this one? It was! It really was. Although I did tame down my expectations; with only objective was to find out how it’ll end. But lowering that made it more intensified. So it surprised me alright, and that made me one happy camper here. It was surprising to know how the two operates separately. It just shows their individuality; one of those things I always look for.
I think fans would be happy to know that finale was well justified. The execution while not spotless but really intense and quite good. The wrap-up was laced with happy feelings: one that I know was well-deserved. Callum and Wren need that, they all do!
Format: Advance Reader’s Copy
Preview Quote: “I didn’t want to be a mindless slave who did what they wanted without a question. Who had run away the first chance she got and hadn’t wanted to try and help others still stuck in the same situation.”