I was looking through the bottom shelf in the teen's section at Chapters one day because I was curious about what books there are that are being hidden from people's eyes. Just because a book is on the bottom shelf doesn't mean it's bad. Anyway, my loving parents usually buy my books for me, but when I wanted to get this book I found in the bottom shelf, I had to buy it myself for thirteen bucks. After spending a week reading it, all I can say is it was worth every nickel.
Ever since The Hunger Games touched bookstore shelves in 2008, it's been one YA fictional future dystopian society book after another. For some readers, the plotline may be getting tired, but I'm not one of those readers. I feel that somehow, each of these books is original in its own way, building a different kind of system for the society. I enjoy reading these books because nobody really knows what the future holds, and one of these novels could hold our future society in it.
Situated in the region of Texas, poverty grows more and more every day, but not for these special children who die. These children wake up either several minutes or a few hours later, as Reboots, and while the scars they get when human stay, any pain they recieve in their bodies gets healed magically within minutes, including and especially bones breaking. The longer you were dead, the stronger a Reboot you are, and in the academy of HARC with all Reboots who get sent out on assignments to catch criminals, the Reboots are called by their numbers, which was the amount of minutes they were dead. The strongest one is a 17 year old girl who was there for five years named Wren and was dead for almost three hours. But Reboots are even more scary than they sound, not jsut because their skin is pale, but because the better a Reboot are, the more emotion you don't have, and that's bad when you're in charge of sending people to prison. An unemotional and kick-ass Wren one day meets a boy who was only dead for twenty-two minutes and is still practically a human, but there's something about him that Wren can't get over. And then all of a sudden, emotions start pouring out of her, and the world of HARC appears to be keeping something secret.
I was a little worried about how there would have to be training, but Amy Tintera is a new author who doesn't seem to have the patience for boring scenes and simply jumps right into the action. But that's not all. She has made characters who understand their world. For example, a few characters decide to try to escape from the academy, but perhaps it's safer to stay there than take chances out on the road. Also, most books with romance lose me, because the relationship is so confused with them but not for me and the love can get rather disgusting. A relationship occurs between Wren and twenty-teo, named Callum, and I totally bouhgt it, because each person showed the other their way of life and they have so much fun together even when they're fighting. You can get how much they love eachother when they start saying "Thank you" and "I'm sorry" for jsut about everything.
Think of "The Giver" with the action and romance brought up and you'll get the picture. Even though it didn't put in much detail about how the society came to be or how the Reboots originated, as well as a confusing moment near the end of the book involving the Reboots acting so open to escape, everything in this novel worked for me. I could barely put it down. Halfway into the book, I found out that this is only a 2 book series because Amy wants the 2nd to have as much action as possible. I cried a little bit at that, because I may not be ready to part from these characters after I finish the sequel, Rebel.