Tintera, A. (2013). Reboot. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin. [Fantasy]
Wren is a Reboot. She was dead for 178 minutes before she ‘rebooted’. Wren came back to life stronger, faster, with a self-healing body, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are – and Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot of all.
All Reboots are collected up by a private medical facility called the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corportation. In exchange for feeding and housing the Reboots, HARC use them as their own private army and laboratory rats. Of course, all this is for the greater good.
Wren never questions the status quo, life is easier inside HARC than it ever was in the slum where she grew up. But then she meets Callum, a new Reboot trainee, who was only dead for 22 minutes – he is practically still human.
This meeting sparks a series of events that causes Wren to question everything she knows: about HARC, being a Reboot, and what it is to be human.
This is a fast-paced, action-packed page turner. Being an old cynic, I rolled my eyes a bit at all of the darting looks and brushing kisses; however, most teens should enjoy this better-than-average zombie apocalypse novel.
And who could resist those awesome page edges?!