Enders (Starters, #2)-Lissa Price
We kissed until our lips burned. I traveled to another place, a place that would never have anything as mundane as a name.
+++If you haven’t read STARTERS the following review contains spoilers.
Plot: Following the daring destruction of Prime headquarters, Callie thought that she’d finally be able to get back to normalcy after the horrible devastation of the spores and devious plot of the Old Man to mindjack Starters for good. Callie now has a guardian and a mansion for her and her little brother Tyler to come home to. Just when things seem to be calm, Callie is contacted by the Old Man, in her head. Somehow he’s latched onto her chip frequency and in a terrifying display of power, hijacks another girl’s body at the mall and causes her chip to explode. The explosion left Callie with little doubt that the Old Man was still around and eager to get his hands on her special chip. Not only would being around her brother and her best friend Michael be risky but it could be a serious threat to their lives. Callie, concerned for her brother’s life, doesn’t know what to do but knows that the war against the Old Man and his evil plans is far from over. When another voice invades her head, Callie is more disturbed than ever because the voice sounds exactly like her father’s, who she thought died from the spores.+ Callie feels like her life is quickly spiraling out of control and she needs to do something drastic to reclaim her body. When the Old Man threatens her brother, Callie follows his instructions to meet, against her best judgement but she doesn’t have much of a choice. In an unexpected turn, before she can get to the Old Man, she is abducted by none other than the Old Man’s son Hyden. From here it’s an action-packed, thrilling race against the odds to rescue Starters, stop the Old Man, and destroy Prime once and for all.
+The spores are a sort of plague that infected all the middle-aged people (Middles) killing off all who couldn’t afford a vaccine. The majority of the Middles died, leaving behind Enders (the elderly) and Starters (the youth).
With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie’s life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too …and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? This is the thrilling sequel to “Starters” via Goodreads*
*I’ve included the Goodreads summary because Enders is a complex book and the summary is a bit complicated.
- Terror. Serious, disgustingly intrusive loss of control. Your skin will crawl. The sheer evil and disquieting, morally bankrupt choices that Callie and co. are forced to make are truly repulsive and FABULOUS writing. You can feel their conflict, their racing hearts, their strong will to fight the monstrous tasks in front of them and their queasiness in their stomachs when they realize they have no real choice.
- The climax, plot twists, and reveals are so surprising you will not see them coming.
- Callie is determined, brave, and willing to sacrifice everything for the people she loves. She wants to save all the suffering Starters from gross manipulation by greedy Prime members but above all, wants to save them from ever having to deal with the sense of hopelessness she has when her body is hijacked. Callie is a fighter, fueled by hope and love, she believes that the world can be saved and a positive future is possible. The dreamer and the badass inside her make the perfect heroine.
- Hyden is an extremely interesting character. There are so many layers just waiting to be unwrapped. His vulnerability, his drive, and his intelligence are compelling and instantly attractive.
- The sheer mass of technology and the creative descriptions are brilliant. Quirky, fun, and completely innovative. If you’re looking for futuristic technology, this is definitely something to check out.
- Some sections were a bit slow and lacked the adrenaline, nail-biting energy that should have been present during crisis scenes.
- Sometimes escape or solving problems was too easy, everything seemed to fall in place when it seemed like it would have been much more complicated.
- Love. While there was some mild flirtation, it came out of nowhere really, there was hardly any build up.
- Michael. As a character his presence was missing.
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