Rebel (Reboot #2)

Rebel (Reboot #2)
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May 13, 2014
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Wren Connolly thought she'd left her human side behind when she dies five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything. Now that they've both escaped, they're ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them. With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there's only one option left... It's time for Reboots to become rebels.

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This is a strong finish to the epic adventure that began with last year's REBOOT. As with REBOOT, the plot is relentless, the stakes are incredibly high, and the characters are worth investing in.

The plot is full of twists and turns, alliances and mutiny, surprises and nail-biting suspense. Readers will stay up too late finishing the story as Wren and Callum face unexpected villains, forge alliances, and face the greatest threats in their world.

While the plot is epic and the concept of reboots is fascinating, the true strength of this book lies in the character development of both Wren and Callum. Both have come a long way from where they began in REBOOT. Wren is learning to find her own emotions or, when that fails her, to rely on Callum's instincts in place of her own. Her softer approach, however, doesn't change the fact that she is a kickbutt kind of girl who doesn't hesitate to do what needs to be done. Callum is learning that he has strength and leadership skills of his own, and that while Wren can destroy others in combat, Callum has something of equal value to contribute. His instincts and ability to forge alliances consistently sway the battle to his side, and viewing Wren through his eyes helps the reader (and other characters) understand her and feel empathy. Both step fully into their own capabilities by the end of the story, and that combined with the sweet romance between them (that has some authentic rocky moments), is what most readers will find truly captivating about this series.

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Relentless action, epic stakes, and characters that will work their way into readers' hearts make REBEL a solid finish to this duology.
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One of my favourites of the year
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Wren and Callum have escaped the HARC and are headed to a Rebbot Reservation for safety. Once there, they soon find out it isn’t at all what they expected. The leader, Micah, is more interesting in waging a war against all humans than finding a way to live peacefully together, and he wants Wren and Callum, especially Wren, on his side. Wren wants to get Callum and run far away but Callum wants to help the humans so they end up plotting against Micah, putting their lives in danger should he find out.

This follow-up to Reboot is told in a dual POV, both Wren and Callum, as opposed to just Wren like in Reboot. I thought it worked well, especially to show to contrast between someone who rebooted at 178 and someone at 22. Also, the switching between the POVs was done in a way that kept the tension the previous POV built, which was nice to see.

Rebel picked up pretty much where Reboot left off and there was no info-dumping recap, which was also nice. The dual POVs worked well to show both main character’s reactions, as well as their take on the other’s reaction. We got to learn a lot more about Callum through his POV, he was still the same peace-loving, sweet boy from Reboot but with this snarky personality that had me laughing at times.

Wren grew a lot in Reboot but she still had some growth left for Rebel. All her life she was told how impressive her 178 was, how much less human she was, and watching her breakout from the mindset HARC had her in for so long was so great to see. Callum, in Reboot, didn’t get as much growth but he definitely went through his own arc in Rebel. He had to find his own place without relying on Wren all the time. Together, they really did bring out the best in each other. I liked that the romance was always there but it never overshadowed the plot.

We got introduced to some new characters in Rebel and minor characters from Reboot are back, some in a more expanded role. I really enjoyed all the new additions, even the villains. Riley, Wren’s trainer from HARC, was my favorite. He was adorable and it was easy to see how much he cared for her, almost like a little sister. Micah, I thought, was a great villain in so many ways. When he talked, it was actually possible to see where he was coming from in his beliefs and understandable as to why people would follow him.

The plot was action-packed. If there was so fighting, there was plotting or surviving. Something was always going on. It made for a hard to put down read. Rebel edged out Reboot just slightly for my favorite of the duology, but it was definitely close.
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