Monday, June 3, 2013


Today on Novels On The Run I have my stop on the blog tour for REBOOT by AMY TINTERA. I have my review of her YA dystopian/sci-fi book , an interview with Amy and a 3 book giveaway, for Aussie addresses only as publisher is sponsoring the giveaway and mailing them out.

A big thank you to Allen & Unwin for the giveaways.

So check everything out below and enjoy!


By: Amy Tintera
Published By: Allen & Unwin
Released : Available Now
Details : Paperback from publisher for review, 365 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. 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. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

I screamed as the branded my wrist with my bar code, my number, and my human name, Wren Connolly. I screamed as they locked me in a cell, as they escorted me to the shuttle, as they put me in line with the other newly undead former children. I screamed until I arrived at the Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation, or HARC, facility, and they told me screaming meant death. Acting like I was still a human child meant death. Disobeying orders meant death.

And then I was silent.

I enjoyed Amy’s sci-fi/dystopian idea. I liked how the characters had a number which equalled the time they spent dead, before they rebooted, awakened.

Wren Connolly now known as Wren178 is the top Reboot at HARC - Human Advancement & Repopulation Corporation. When I say, ‘top’ , it is her number. She was killed when she was only twelve years old and she rebooted after 178 minutes.

The Reboots , the over 120’s, are the trainers. The under 60’s, if you are an under 60, like our lead male protagonist, Callum 22, then you will find yourself , most probably dying on your first assignment. If you don't die, then there are other things instore for you.

The quicker to reboot, the more human you are, the more emotion you feel.

Wren 178 is more machine.

Wren 178 and Callum 22 find themselves as trainer and trainee.

Amy brings those bone snapping moments that had me cringing a bit when I read the book. Just the thought of snapping a bone is not attractive and Reboot trainers will grab those newbies and start snapping.


“Try not to scream when I break your bones. It bothers me. You can cry if you want; that’s fine.”

He burst out laughing. I didn’t realize that was a funny statement.

“Got it,” he said, trying unsuccessfully to cover his grin. “Screaming, no. Crying, yes.”

With all good dystopians/sci-fi reads there is always the ‘corporation’ that needs to be taken down, dismantled, the poor verses the rich, the underdog coming back to fight another day and the rebels that are there when you know where to look.

Reboot has all that and a romance thrown in.

Watching Wren show human emotions was nice.

Callum is an unusual character, he just has so much forgiveness in him and a great attitude, he won’t let himself be changed, if he can help it. Paired with Wren who is all about getting the job done and, killing, makes for an interesting combination.

“Pull it together,” I said, lowering my voice. “ The first time is the hardest. You’ll adapt.”

“I won’t adapt. I don’t want to turn into some monster who enjoys hunting people.”

And then he gestured to me.

He hit the mat for the tenth time, his face a barely recognizable bloody mess. He didn’t get up this time. He collapsed breathing heavily.

“You’re right,” I said. “I should have picked One-twenty-one. But now I am stuck with you, so I suggest you quit your whining and pull it together. There are no more choices, rich boy. This is it, forever. Get used to it.”

I really like Callum but I did find him too happy, is that the right word. He gets the shiz kicked out of him, but he always has a smile for Wren. I would have liked to have seen him more, peeved for his situation. I went from thinking I couldn’t see this happy, clumsy guy be the romantic interest for Wren who is a strong , confident girl, to ....well, maybe I could be convinced.

“Maybe I can get you some clothes as well.”

“Sure. Grab me a book, too, while you’re out. Something funny.”

I thought he was serious, until a grin spread across his face. “Just come back, okay? I don’t need anything else.”

“I’ll try and sleep,” he said, closing his eyes. He cracked one open and held his arm out to me. “Want to come closer?”

“I can’t. One of us has to stay up and keep watch.”

“One cuddle. Maybe two. Fifteen, max.”

“Callum,” I said with a laugh. “Go to sleep.”

I did find flaws in the plot. Without giving anything away, let’s just say Leb and his daughter, I found that a bit hard to believe that no questions were asked. I will leave it at that.

I enjoyed the world building and liked Ever.

I felt like Reboots were like a form of a zombie, but not...but....then the more I read....

Well, you read, you will see what I am referring to without, referring.

I do have questions I would have liked answered in this installment, but that is ok.

I thought Gabe and Zeke could be fun. Will we see more of them???

Did I think some things were a bit too easy in the end, well, yeah. I thought things fell nicely into their laps, but hey, not everything should be hard. I put it down to human guards being a bit inept and HARC maybe needing to do some homework on their escapees.

I am intrigued to know more in Amy’s sci-fi/dystopian and to see Callum maybe toughen up and be lead guy worthy. He sure knows how to bring the kisses. A very likable character and he has some great lines in the book.

A great start with lots of potential for this series for debut author Amy Tintera.

Oh I hear it is a duology. Two books!



I would like to welcome Amy Tintera to Novels On The Run and thank her for taking the time to answer my Q's.

Michelle:  What 5 words describe Amy Tintera the AUTHOR?

Amy: Optimistic. Quiet. Cookie-lover. Weird.

Michelle:  Reboot, is your debut YA dystopian, sci-fi book. Congratulations! I personally love a great dystopian. I really liked Wren from the minute I met her. You give us a character who has the highest number attached to her name. She immediately has a stigma attached to her with the other characters with the lower numbers. You pair her up with Callum who is straight off the most relaxed around her.

What 5 words would Callum use to describe Wren?

Amy:  Unconventional. Interesting. Strong. Scary. Adorable.

Michelle:  What 5 words would Wren use to describe Callum?

Amy:  Happy. Cute. Stubborn. Emotional. Passionate.

Michelle:  Have you ever people watched, or been somewhere where you saw a person who you thought looked pretty cool and used their description for a character of yours. If so, can you tell us who?

Amy:  I haven’t, actually! I’m not much of a people-watcher. I tend to live in my own head, so I sometimes miss things going on around me.

Michelle:  Reboot # 2 is due out in 2014. How many books do you currently see for this series?

Amy:  Just two. It’s a duology, so the second book wraps everything up.

Michelle:  Is it possible to get a non spoiler quote for Reboot # 2. No names necessary?

Amy:  “ATTACK!”

Michelle:  If you were to walk up to somebody in the street and in a paragraph, not using book blurb, get them interested to read your book. What would you say to them?

Amy:  I actually have to do that a lot! People always want to know what my book is about. I say:

“It’s a post-apocalyptic novel set in a future Texas where the teenagers Reboot after death and are forced into slavery by the humans. The story follows Wren, who was dead the longest of anyone, and the cute boy who shakes up her world.”

Michelle:  What 2 songs would best describe Wren and Callum’s characters, individually? I love asking music questions, readers love hearing what song best describes a character or their relationship. I have had some awesome responses.

Amy:  I always say there’s no song for Wren, that it’s just silence for her! But there is one song – “Sail” by Awolnation, which is the first song I ever associated with the book, and with her. And for Callum it’s “Surprise, Surprise” by Civalias, which is a bit of a sappy song, but I don’t care. It fits. J

Michelle:  What has been your most memorable book signing event you have been to and why. Or if you haven’t been to a book signing, what author would you love to meet and why?

Amy:  My most memorable was when I met Gayle Forman. She’s one of my favourite authors, and I couldn’t think of anything to say to her, so I just said “I have no words.” She was very sweet about it.

Michelle:   Is there a genre other than dystopian you would like to one day write in and why?

Amy: I’d love to write a fantasy YA. I want to write about a princess in a pretty dress who also kicks butt! And contemporary YA. I love contemporaries with complex characters and strong romances.

Michelle:  If you could choose four people, alive or dead, fictional or real to have dinner with, who would they be and why?

Amy:  I’m going to go with all authors, otherwise I don’t think I could ever narrow it down:

1. Jane Austen, because I love her books and I would have liked to know if she was like any of her characters.

2. Gayle Forman – Like I said above, I’m a big fan. I’d love to talk to her about writing contemporary YA.

3. George R. R. Martin – I’d love to talk to him about world building!

4. J. K. Rowling – I’d also want to talk to her about world building. And everything about writing, ever. J

Thankyou Amy




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  1. Hi all. I love to read the review of reboot . This book sounds amazing and I so want to read it :). Count me in please :). I have aussie address, my email: arethazhenATrocketmailDOTCOM

  2. I haven't decided what I feel about this book yet. Very intriguing concept, but I've heard lots of good and bad things. I want to try it out for myself and see how I feel!

  3. Great interview and review Michelle. I really love the Aussie cover and love the sound of Reboot. I too have heard mixed reviews about this one, but would really love to read it for myself.


  4. Hahaha love Amy's nonspoiler quote. And definitely agree with having dinner with J.K. Rowling to ask her about ALL THE THINGS! Reboot sounds amazing :)

    1. It was straight to the point! "ATTACK!"



  5. I really enjoyed Wren and Callum as well.

  6. You had me at YA dystopian/sci fi. I will never get tired of this genre.

  7. I can't believe this is the first I have heard of REBOOT. It sounds amazing.

    I'm so glad that George RR Martin made the list. I'm re-reading his series A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE right now.


  8. Such an unusual sounding book. I'd like to try it as I love dystopian.


  9. Aw, fun interview! I really liked REBOOT and I think this author would write a really fun fantasy with a kickbutt princess. I'm not an Aussie so no need to enter me in the giveaway, but it's so nice of you to offer the book to your readers, too!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  10. Cool Aussie cover-I hadn't seen this version. I actually really enjoyed the romance in this book, which totally surprised me as I've been very picky with YA romances lately.

  11. great book and would love a copy for myself!

  12. Eeeee that review totally had me swooning! And that interview with Amy has got me really excited to read her novel. I love kick-ass heroines and Reboot sounds like my kind of book lol

    I would love to be in the running to win a copy too :)

    Mary :)

  13. Fab review and interview! I really like the idea of a female trainer/male trainee (okay, maybe I'm just thinking a role reversal of Rose/Dimitri and that excites me, even though it is clearly nothing alike in story or relationship..... so, nevermind me).

    Also, I think Amy had me at 'cookie-lover' and the fact that J.K Rowling is on her 'dinner' list. Ha and interesting choice of words Callum uses to describe Wren!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    peacelovevegan at outlook dot com

  14. What a great interview! I've been seeing this book everywhere and have yet to pick up a copy. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


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