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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

NICOLE'S REVIEW: Rebel by Amy Tintera

Title: Rebel
Author: Amy Tintera
Format Acquired: ARC/eARC
Publication Date: May 13 2014
Publishing House: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062318091
Source of Copy: National Bookstore/Edelweiss


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 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.

(Image and information courtesy of Goodreads; Summary lifted from actual book)


Rebel is the sequel to Reboot which I reviewed here. This is one duology you don't want to miss!

Callum and Wren have finally escaped HARC's clutches and run North in search of the Reboot Reservation. Enter Micah, leader of the reboots at said reservation, he's out for blood with his made quest for retribution. He expects Wren to lend a hand in this bloody crusade but isn't quite prepared for her reluctance. When they butt heads and Micah ultimately betrays Wren, boy is he in for a surprise because nobody underestimates 178. Nobody.

You know what I love about Rebel? It's told in dual POVs. Yes! Alternating between Callum and Wren, I just loved seeing things from Callum's perspective. How he manages to read Wren so easily, how emphatic he is and how much he wanted to help. Can I just mention that he and Wren are perfect? He totally adores her. It's too cute.

Wren and Callum's relationship is something to behold. It's wonderfully mature but not without its ups and downs. They both have different viewpoints, Callum's more in touch with his feelings while Wren, who is just learning to deal with her locked-away emotions, is more pragmatic. It causes some conflict between them but it's totally nothing to worry about. I love how they're both just sure of each others feelings, without all the drama and fuss and mess in most romances. Thank you.

Another thing about Rebel is how much Tintera's characters mature. Wren's coping with her emotions, she's smart, sensible and she actually thinks before she acts. She doesn't want to fight in the war but in the end she makes a choice to do what is right. Callum on the other hand, who was against violence and any sort of death and dismemberment in Reboot, is now forced to change his standpoint. He's caught in the middle of a war and he can't always count on Wren to hit someone for him and getting all physical is sometimes a must when you're being hounded by crazy HARC agents and a crazed reboot out for blood.

Rebel is also delightfully action-packed. Nothing wrong with liking a little violence in my books right? The action scenes weren't over the top and Wren is as kick butt as always. The pacing was just right, Tintera took her time building up the tension in the reboot camp, to stir a little trouble in between the reboots and finish with altercations between HARC and the reboots with a smattering of humans on their side.

This book is a satisfying end to a wonderful duology. Fans of Reboot will surely love this sequel. Looking for your next dystopian read? Check these books out. They will not disappoint. As for me, I am definitely looking forward to Amy Tintera's future work. 




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