Yay for another YA dystopia book! No, really. It was fun, and I zoomed through it.
There’s been a crazy-ass virus that, if you get it and live, does this thing where if you die later of something else, you might just come back to life. Or a version of you might — depending on how long you were dead, you’ll retain some amount of humanness. The shorter the duration between death and “rebooting,” the more human characteristics you’ll have as a Reboot.
Reboots are slaves because they’re super dangerous. Largely devoid of emotion, and virtually impossible to kill, they’re understandably also super valuable to Evildoers.
Our heroine is a “178,” which refers to the number of minutes she was out. So to speak. So she’s cold as a mofo, strong, too, and has killed lots and lots of people in her new job as Slave to Human Bad People. But there’s a glimmer of something in there. And hilarity ensues.
Of course it doesn’t, but it’s pretty cool and fun, and of course there’s intrigue and rebellion, though I did skim rather quickly through quite a bit of it. I thought the romance was kind of nice, but unnecessary. The same thing could have been accomplished with a close, real connection, though we’d already established that was possible between Wren (178) and another character. And of course then we wouldn’t have kissing.
Cliffhanger ending and on to #2.