April 1, 2013

Reboot - review

Reboot
author: Amy Tinterra
to be published May 2013
publisher HarperTeen
source: publisher 

In a dystopian world, there are viruses that kill. The government has contained cities so that the diseases don't spread. 

Goodread's summary: Five years ago, Wren Connolly died. 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.
 Among Wren 178's duties are to (a) go on assignments  and (b) train newer Reboots who have come to the compound.    Callum 22 arrives;  his number is the lowest which means he has the most human qualities for a Reboot. He smiles too much.  Somehow, something inside Wren 178 makes her choose him as her new trainee.  

HARC (humans running the compound) injects some of the medium-numbered Reboots, such as 178's roommate and best friend Ever 56, with experimental drugs.  These drugs cause those  Reboots to growl and bite everyone nearby.  

In the meantime,  178, 22, and other Reboots go on assignments for HARC.    22 refuses to do an assignment because it is too cruel.   178 is ordered to kill him.  Uh oh.  How can Callum 22 be forced to lose his humanity?  As the blurb says,  178, the perfect soldier is done taking orders.

Wonderful dystopian story,  I breezed right through.  Bar codes on the skin,  trackers under the skin,  forced obedience, modesty,  lack of rights.   This book has it all.