Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 2014
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy/Science Fiction
Series or Stand Alone: Duology, Book Two
Synopsis can be found here.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Wren and Callum are safe, well, safer. They have found the Reboot reservation and their leader, Micah who rules over them. But something about the reservation isn’t quite right and Wren wants to run. Callum though, after having discovered Micah’s plan, wants to thwart Micah’s advances. And Wren and Callum are thrown back into the war against Reboots and humans.
Rebel picks up right after Reboot left off with Wren and Callum finding the reservation, with their rescued Reboots in tow. So much goes on in this second book, I’m really happy I read Reboot right before diving into Rebel. The beginning of this second book in the duology is fast and throws the reader back into the game. I really liked the obstacles thrown in the way and I liked Wren and Callum’s relationship growing deeper. It was also really refreshing to read a book that didn’t have a love triangle. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good love triangle, but I feel like they’re more of the norm. And with Wren and Callum being so interesting and damaged on their own, I was happy to see them find themselves and each other in a more traditional way than throwing in jealousy and another player into the mix.
Rebel also switches it up and we get Callum’s POV and Wren’s. I think it was really good for the story because it allowed the action to move more seemlessly back and forth between them. I liked how Callum came into his own- more than just Callum 22. He took charge and became a leader in his own way, without Wren. In some ways, and this may seem silly, but I liked Callum because he was so fragile and nice and sweet at the beginning. So many stories have the roles reversed- powerful, older male leader and sweet, young girl. But in this with Wren being the powerful and deadly alpha and Callum bringing her back to her humanity, it made the story fun and fresh.
The best part about this series? Wren. I loved her in Reboot and I love her here. She’s vulnerable, antisocial and unsure of herself, a total juxtaposition from her physical strength and goal setting mentality. I loved how in Reboot she is super unemotional, cold and uncomfortable with people. And how that is still who she is as the story moves forward, but she is softening, warming up. She even admits that she had a best friend. Her journey and her voice are the most intriguing things about the duology. So many times, when Wren felt uncomfortable or strange around emotion or physical comfort, I couldn’t help but giggle and agree with her. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I am okay with it.
Overall, Rebel is a great closing to the duology. I will miss Wren a lot.
Rating 8 Cookie Worthy