Oh, do I have something delicious for you today, peoples!
I absolutely adored Reboot by Amy Tintera so when I had the opportunity to be on the tour, did I jump for it? OF COURSE. I flailed! I partied! I ate celebratory cake! And now I get to share the awesome with you!
I’m interviewing the author, Amy Tintera, below and there’s a squealing review as well as…a giveaway!
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.
Was it harder or easier to write Rebel after writing Reboot?
AMY: REBEL felt more difficult. Adding Callum’s perspective to REBEL was necessary, but the alternating first person did pose challenges (like having to change perspective every chapter, whether I wanted to or not). And the middle of the book was very difficult to write, because I had to find a way to get certain character from point A to point B, but I’d set up a world where they couldn’t just hop in a car or a plane. I wrote the middle about twenty times, trying to figure out the logistics.
20 times?! Wow! What inspired the setting of the Reboot duology?
I grew up in Austin, Texas, so I decided to set the book in that area. I don’t like writing setting, so it’s easier for me to write somewhere I already know. Also, I thought it would be funny if Texas was the only state in the US to survive the apocalypse!
Oh definitely hilarious. Yay for Texas! What’s your favourite quote from Rebel?
“Take the mutant baby.” It was one of the first lines I thought up, before I even started writing REBEL.
How many drafts of Rebel did you write before the final book was ready?
I’m not even sure. I wrote about 75% of a first draft that I had to toss completely (it was only from Wren’s perspective). Then I probably did 3-4 more drafts on my own and with a crit partner. Then I did one more draft for my editor before we moved on to line edits and copy edits (the smaller stuff, like grammar).
Sounds like Rebel really was the obstinate one! Has the Reboot duology finished for you personally, or do you have a few “end credit scenes” floating around still?
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about whether I’ll write some sort of epilogue, but I have no plans to do that right now. I know for sure that I’ve left Wren and Callum in a good place, but I haven’t totally ruled out the possibility of writing something from another character’s perspective one day. But for now, I’ve moved on to other projects.
Oooh, other projects?! I can’t wait! And lastly, was any chocolate harmed in the making of this novel?!
Yes! Especially in the form of chocolate chip cookies. J
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Amy! It was awesome chatting with you.
Kind regards, Cait.
I read Reboot back in July, 2013 (and you can sneak a pick at my fangirling review on Goodreads) and if there’s only one thing I wish I could’ve done: it would be REREAD Reboot before Rebel. The details were smushy for me. (I couldn’t remember who Addie was! Shocking, I know.)
I honest to goodness looooved Rebel, but it didn’t hit my fangirling instincts like Reboot did. Why? Patience, grasshopper.
I HAVE MADE A LIST.
WREN AND CALLUM! Oh how I love them. They are epic together. They belong together. They are just adorable little zombies who can kick some serious butt. Okay, come to think of it, Wren is downright scary. But still awesome.
“I probably love you,” she said.
I let out a surprised laugh. “Probably?”
“Probably. It’s hard to tell with me, you know?”
I laughed again. “I probably love you, too.”
Humour! Laugh! You know me…I love to laugh! The reasons I fell so far in love with Reboot was because it a) had funky fighting and b) was funny. Rebel definitely delivers in the funny compartment. Although, to be honest, it took a while for the humour to warm up.
He grinned. “Awww, you’ve become all soft and mushy. It’s cute.”
“I’d be happy to show you how soft and mushy my fist is NOT, if you’d like a reminder.” (pg. 119)
There is a lot of kick butt action. You weren’t expecting a smushy relaxing read, where you? Nope. It’s not a trilogy (I wailed when I found that out…I so thought it was a trilogy), so we had to cram all the excitement and action into 340-pages. Pacing was brilliant. It balanced the softer moments with the blood-spraying-every-where moments perfectly.
It’s also dual narrated. Ding, ding, this is where my warning bells go off. It gives room for one of the characters TO DIE. But no spoilers! I’m not saying. I was a bit at odds to whether I liked it being dual narrated. Did I like being in Callum’s head? Hum, ha. I did, in a way, but I think he was funnier and more animated during Wren’s chapters. More Callum.
And goodness knows I’m just here for Callum and his funniness.
And it’s also about DOWN WITH THE STINKY HUMANS. Which I fully expected. It happens. You just wake up one morning and realise humans kind of suck. So basically everyone was like this:
The Reboot community:
Are we good? Shall we move on? Okay, okay…
Why are dystopian worlds so teeny tiny? Seriously, in almost every futuristic book, America tears itself apart with insanity and…the rest of the world? I guess they sit back and laugh. It bothers me how they’re NEVER even mentioned. When they go on a “all the humans must die” crusade (it’s in the blurb! so not a spoiler!), I felt it could’ve been stronger. 100 Reboots plan to kill ALL the humans, one city at a time? They weren’t even that organised. It was just a little too illogical. Plus I felt their plans had plot holes so big you could have fallen through and rebooted in Wonderland. Ohh, EPIC plot twist!
Everything was very safe. I said it in my Reboot review, and I’ll say it again. I feel safe and comfortable when I read this series! I LOVE them to death (well, almost death, no one really dies around here since they’re, um, dead already). But it’s like everything that happens — action, wounds, betrayals, torture, plans, psycho people — could be vamped up a notch.
Rebel totally didn’t let me down! Definitely another fabulous read from Amy Tintera! My only real complaint is: I WANT MORE.
Not even kidding.
– AUS only
– Giveaway will be posted from publisher.
– Only the undead may enter. (Okay, I’m kidding. Live ones can if they wish it.)