Reboot by Amy Tintera (a Texas native!) is the story of Wren, a girl who was dead for so long (178 minutes) after being shot that they thought she wouldn’t “reboot.” Wren’s world is a horrifying post-apocalyptic Texas where those who catch a certain virus will just “reboot” back to life once they’ve died. However, they don’t just come back to life perfectly restored–Reboots have lost some of their humanity in the process, and the longer a Reboot is dead, the less human they seem when they wake up. A less than friendly corporation called HARC takes these children who have “rebooted” and trains them to be soldiers, as most of society believes Reboots to be heartless monsters. Wren’s virtually emotionless existence is challenged, however, by her new trainee Callum: a seemingly hopeless case who was only dead for 22 minutes.
I found Reboot to have an interesting idea of a future world where humans try to use zombies as their soldiers. I also found it interesting that the setting was a futuristic Texas. Indeed, it made me wonder where the rest of the United States went to–as Texas is the only place Wren seems to be aware of. Perhaps more information will be delivered to us in the sequels. I enjoyed Reboot and think this story would be appealing on many different levels: there’s romance, humor, zombies, action, and dystopia (the latest fad in YA Lit). However, I have to say that I think the first person narrator here might have been a mistake. So many YA novels use the first person–I think it is really becoming a trope of the genre. However, for a character such as Wren–who is not fully human–I think perhaps close third person might have worked better, especially when she subtly begins remembering more of her past and feeling more human as she is falling in love.