Reboot author Amy Tintera is stopping by PTB today to tell us a little bit about her main character Wren. Enjoy!
Writing Wren’s (lack of) Emotions
When I started writing Reboot, I knew more about Wren than I did about the plot. I knew she’d been dead for 178 minutes, that she was strong and fast, and that she didn’t feel things the way other people did. Most of the characters in the book would see her as cold and emotionless, and she would make them uncomfortable.
But Wren’s isn’t so much “emotionless” as only in touch with certain emotions (like anger). And from page one it’s pretty obvious she’s experiencing emotions, she’s just not expressing them in way that anyone can understand.
I loved the idea of other characters perceiving her as emotionless, and scary, and being frightened of her. It wasn’t only Wren’s skill as a solider that scared them, it was that she didn’t act the way they thought a teenage girl should. She didn’t emote properly. Even her fellow Reboots thought she was doing this whole “feelings” thing wrong, and they were going to let her know it.
So, as you can probably guess, I created Wren out of my own frustrations with the expectations put on women’s behavior. We are often expected to be chatty and smile and our faces are supposed to be expressive and open. In books and films and TV shows we see women reduced to tears all the time. Men? Occasionally, and it’s a BIG DEAL when it happens.
So I took all my frustrations about women being told how to emote and I threw them into Wren. I worried that she wouldn’t be likeable, but soon realized that wasn’t really the point. It was more important that she be realistic, complex, and conflicted. And I think that made me like her even more. It made writing the romance, where a boy sees something about her that no one else sees, even easier.
She became one of my favorite characters to write, and I’m hoping she’s one that women will like or identify
About the Book:
By: Amy Tintera
Published by: Harper Teen
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
About the Author:
Hi! I’m Amy Tintera, and I write novels for young adults. I grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism. After receiving a masters in film at Emerson College I moved to Los Angeles, where I promptly discovered I didn’t enjoy working in the film industry, and went back to my first love, writing.
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