By Amy Tintera
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).
Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.
The perfect soldier is done taking orders
I found this novel in the bookstore, and I read it all the way to the checkout. The novel had me hooked from page one. Wren, our heroine was gone for 178 minutes before she woke up. Ruthless and numb to the social tendencies of some of the lower level reboots, Wren is in a class of her own. She is likely the highest numbered reboot in forever, as such she is given a constant stream of assignments. The mission? Murder. She always follows through. She is after all One-Seventy-Eight.
She’s ruthless, numb and cold hearted. Or at least she was. The first part of the book we are introduced to a cold unfeeling heroine who does what’s she’s told without question, and kills with no motives. It was great.
But there is always a guy. Now don’t get me wrong Callum’s character was okay.You know except for the fact he can barely fight, he’s practically useless and won’t even eat meat to survive.
The comfortable interaction and chemistry between the two made the fast developing relationship fun and effortless. Maybe a little too effortless. I can’t understand the author’s reasoning for putting them together. Callum is the farthest thing from Wren imaginable. He’s practically human. He smiles, laughs, and shows an abundant amount of emotion. I can’t understand why someone with no emotions or understanding of emotions would be attracted to that.
The plot is driven by the romance and as a consequence Wren’s character is quickly developed and changed. Becoming increasingly emotional and decreasingly ruthless. There is too much emphasis on the relationship and not enough on what is an interesting original premise.
There were definitely some good parts. The reboot trainings are gruesome but effective and promising. The ruthlessness out on the field, seeing Wren in action was pretty great, and the way people know to stop struggling when they see the number on her arm made me completely enamoured with her character.
I will probably still go looking for the sequel in the hopes that maybe Wren will ditch the lovesick act and recover some of her old brutality back.