May 13, 2014

Title: Rebel

Duology: Reboot, Book 2

Author: Amy Tintera ♥ @amytintera

Published: May 13, 2014

Publisher: HarperTEEN

Pages: 352

Source: borrowed ARC
(I also later received an eARC from Edelweiss for my reread.)

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

Average Goodreads Rating (as of 05/11/2014): 4.21

Christina read and loved the first book, Reboot. You can see her flails about it here.

  • Christina thought this title was everything

**Special Note:** My KP, Stacee, from the wonderfully fabulous Adventures of a Book Junkie, let me borrow her ARC of this title. All quotes and opinions will be of this version and not from the published edition (which you should totally go and buy as soon as it’s available). Secondary Note: I also received it later from the publishers via Edelweiss.

♦ Initial Thoughts and Rating: All the stars! This is a book that should be capable of receiving every single star in existence. It was a wonderful conclusion to this duology. When my heart wasn’t lodged in my throat, I laughed out loud, swooned, and even shed a few tears. If I thought Callum stole my heart in the first book, it was absolutely nothing compared to being in his head this go around. He’ll forever be a favorite of mine.

♦ The Lowdown: Rebel picks up right where Reboot left off. Wren, Callum, and the other reboots have just escaped and located the Reboot Reservation. There they find a community of fellow escapees and, surprisingly enough, they’re highly organized and trying to grow their numbers. So, all is well, right? Happily ever after? Not even close. There’s no way HARC is going to let their most prized possession just walk away and maybe this “reservation” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. With a battle brewing between the Humans and the Reboots and Wren’s option of escaping with Callum and leaving all the chaos behind isn’t an option, Wren must decide which side she wants to fight on.

♦ My Thoughts: I’ll admit, when I love a first book in a series/trilogy/duology/companion set, I’m always terrified to get the second book because what if the magic I experienced with the first go-around doesn’t exist this time? I am happy to report that this was not the case with Rebel and Reboot. If anything, I loved Rebel even more. There won’t be much I can say plot-wise because I want you to be just as riveted by all the action and gasping at every twist and turn just as much as I was the entire way through. Tintera delivers on all the important aspects of a successful novel- authentic, individual characterizations, action that feels integral to the plot, realistic romance, and excellent world-building, but most importantly, she gives you characters you connect with and want to root for or against. Not only did she take every single aspect that I loved about Reboot and give it to us again in this novel, she also upped the ante by intensifying the action and giving us a dual narration. I couldn’t have asked for a better ending for this duology or its characters. Of course I’ll miss these characters, but with an ending that satisfied me so completely, I couldn’t be happier with how it all was wrapped up. I guess if I start to miss them too much, I can always pull the books off the shelf and start at the beginning again. These novels definitely have the perfect pacing and characters for re-readability.

♦ Swoons: Yes, but Callum brings his swoons in more than just being sweet. (I mean, he’s totally sweet, and makes me giddy with his words and actions just as much as anything else.) However, it’s his humor that makes him so special to me. I can’t count how many times I literally laughed out loud because of something he said or thought. *sigh*

Also, in my review of Reboot, I stated:

Dear Callum, You are cordially invited to a party (in my pants). Can I keep you?

For the record, that offer still stands. Just sayin’.

Also? I found myself swooning at Wren too, so that was new. They were so cute together when they weren’t kicking all the ass.

♦ Swoony teaser:

 He studied me for a moment, his face serious, and I swallowed as I prepared for the worst.

    He ran his hand beneath my hair and tilted my head up, planting a soft kiss on my lips, and I took in a surprised breath.

    “I was thinking tonight that maybe it’s unfair for me to tell you how to feel,” he said quietly.

     I pressed my hand to his chest, playing with the fabric of his shirt. I didn’t know what to say to that, so I kept quiet. Maybe it was unfair.

     “And I like you because you’re funny and strong and different and–”

     “Stop,” I said, ducking my head closer to his chest as my cheeks started burning.

    “You’re the one who accused me of not liking who you are,” he said with a laugh. “I’m listing what I like.”
–quote taken from an Rebel ARC,  pgs. 148-149

♦ Rec it? Are you kidding me!? Why haven’t you bought it yet? You do know it came out today, right? I might seriously be questioning our friendship at exactly this moment if you haven’t.

In other words… Yes, I am abso-freaking-lutely recommending this book to everyone I can force it on. It was refreshing to read such a creative action-packed, fun duology that the author didn’t feel like she needed to stretch out into a series. Rebel met and surpassed every single expectation that I had set for it because of how much I loved Reboot. I even read it again when I downloaded my copy from Edelweiss and enjoyed it just as much the second time. I can’t wait to have a physical copy to join its predecessor on my shelves. Go get this set and fall in love with Callum and Wren.

Ms. Tintera, I’m pretty sure I’ll be reading everything you write from this point on. I can’t wait to have more of your words. Thank you for sharing these characters and their story with us.

♥  A very special thanks to Stacee for letting me borrow her copy. Make sure you go check out her blog because she’s my most favorite person ever to see what awesome authorly adventure she’s been on recently.

♥ Also, a very special thanks to HarperTEEN and Edelweiss for providing an early copy of this title in exchange for my honest thoughts.

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