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- Lenny Bruce



"I get a kick out of being an outsider constantly. It allows me to be creative. I don't like anything in the mainstream and they don't like me."

- Bill Hicks



"I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn people: “Somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘There is no “I” in team.’ What you should tell them is, ‘Maybe not. But there is an “I” in independence, individuality and integrity.’” Avoid teams at all cost. Keep your circle small. Never join a group that has a name. If they say, “We’re the So-and-Sos,” take a walk. And if, somehow, you must join, if it’s unavoidable, such as a union or a trade association, go ahead and join. But don’t participate; it will be your death. And if they tell you you’re not a team player, congratulate them on being observant."

-George Carlin



"The more I see, the less I know for sure."

- John Lennon

Reboot

Reboot - Amy Tintera Please note: This book has certain scenes that might trigger reactions from people who have suffered through abuse and assault. If you want more information, feel free to ask me or look over my status updates on this book.It says a lot about the state of YA when I finished this, happy to see it as a stand-alone, then sighed in irritation when I came on here to see that is indeed a series, or will be. Ceilidh discusses this in her excellent post at The Book Lantern here: http://www.thebooklantern.co.uk/2013/07/the-never-ending-sagas.htmlAfter I read a book I tend to hunt around here and look for well-written reviews, liking them regardless if they're positive or negative. This one has prompted love-it-or-hate-it reactions, for the most part. So here's my two cents:- The detached tone: It worked for Wren, the main character, but it wears you down after a while. Although it was enjoyable to see Wren give in to her emotions- The romance: Obviously predictable (seriously, are there any YA novels out there WITHOUT romance, or do I have to write them myself? Ultimately, I didn't buy it. Might be unfair, as Wren was an emotionless zombie for most of the story.- The action: Written well, at least for me. I could visualize what was happening.- Possible metaphors: This is purely my own personal take on this, but if it was intentional, it was brilliant; I saw Wren as a sort of symbolic representation on what it's like to live with mental illness. The lack of social graces, being devoid (or feeling a lack) of general emotions/being afraid to acknowledge emotions, etc.Overall: I'm not sure if I'll read the second book. Probably, but I'm not dying for it. I'm more looking forward to seeing what other things Tintera puts out.