Published: June 1st 2014 by Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
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Wren and Callum finally reach the Reboot Reservation, a safe haven from HARC, which controls the cities. But it isn’t the paradise they’d hoped for.
As they learn more about Micah, the bloodthirsty Reboot who runs it, they discover that he’s been creating an army with one goal in mind: to kill the humans in the cities … ALL of them. Wren’s first instinct is to head out for new territory, but Callum can’t stand by and let his human family and everyone else be hunted down.
With HARC on one side and Micah on the other, saving the innocent and forging a lasting peace between humans and Reboots is a nearly impossible task. But Wren and Callum have never let that stop them before.
I got to the start of Chapter 12 (page 133) before I couldn’t ignore it anymore – it was going to take a miracle for me to finish this book.
You know you’re not enjoying a book at all if you come home from a 9 hour a day at work and decide to spend a few hours working from home to avoid reading it.
The story simply failed to inspire me. I do not like Wren, and still do not understand why she’s prone to so much emotion when apparently, scientifically, she shouldn’t be able to emote. It’s like, the basic building block of this world that Wren should be as emotionless as can be, and yet with excitement ‘zipping’ through her and the thrill she gets out of fighting with Micah, that’s obviously not true. Before someone says oh but that’s just the adrenaline – if Wren’s impressive 178 means that she can’t produce the chemicals that induce other emotions, her body shouldn’t produce adrenaline either.
Callum’s arc in Rebel is more engaging than Wren’s because he is struggling with Wren’s supposed un-humaness. But again, I’m finding it hard to buy because all I can see is Wren emoting all over the place. It’s nice to see him to grow into his own a little, and I suspect that if I was to read on, I’d very quickly resort to reading only his chapters because of how much more interesting I find them.
And finally, I must critique the blurb for this novel. It plays a huge part in my apathy because it gives away so much information. In fact, at 133 pages in (38%), I have only just reached the part where the blurb hasn’t already spoilt the story. More than a third of the story is described in the blurb! I got easily distracted because I already knew what was going happen, and the longer it took to happen, the more bored I got.
While I didn’t think the writing in Reboot was outstanding, I at least finished that book! Rebel didn’t get my heart pumping at all. It really didn’t work for me.