Enders (Starters #2)

Enders (Starters #2)

Featured
 
3.2 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
1668   0
Write Review
Enders (Starters #2)
Author(s)
Age Range
12+
Release Date
January 07, 2014
ISBN
978-0385742498
Buy This Book
      

The riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller STARTERS!

Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael—teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the 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 her 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?

No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

Editor reviews

2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.2
Plot 
 
4.0  (2)
Characters 
 
2.5  (2)
Writing Style 
 
3.0  (2)
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
2.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Satisfying Sci-Fi Sequel

Starters was a smash hit for me and the rest of the YA world. The highly-anticipated sequel didn't quite live up to the quality of the first book.
Callie, Michael, and Tyler are all safe and sound in their new guardian's mansion - but not really. Before we know it they are swept up in a dangerous search for other Metals: Starters with Prime Destinations chips in their heads. With the help of the Old Man's son, Hyden - did not see that coming! - Callie and Michael collect Metals to keep them from falling into the Old Man's clutches.
There is definitely tension between Michael, Callie, and Hyden because of the closeness between Callie and Michael and the possible romance between Callie and Hyden. Unfortunately, those relationships are not developed well. They are bland, with few emotional moments and a distance that makes the characters un-relatable and a little wooden.
Other than that aspect I did enjoy the book. I love the science elements, the technology, the body-hijacking and mysterious chip voices and all that sci-fi stuff is really great. I like the story itself, the plot is fast-paced, the action is exciting. The teens are able to kick ass, take names, and take care of themselves, and that is very cool.
Enders is a satisfying sequel to Lissa Price's debut, Starters. Fans of the first book will love where the story goes, the twists and turns and revealed secrets. My only criticism is that the bland relationships and dialogue make it a little hard to relate to the characters.

Was this review helpful to you? 
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0

Fast Paced, Action Packed Sequel.

You have to have read the first book, Starters, in order to have any clue as to what is going on in this book. A reread for those who have would be good as well because almost two years has gone by since I read the first book and I had forgotten a lot of what happened apart from the romance.

Starters was a surprise hit for me and I was really looking forward to seeing what happened to Callie, her relationship with Michael and of course, I wanted the real Blake to please stand up. This was a quick read for me and there is quite a bit of story refreshing that goes on which is helpful. And while Enders has all of the action and suspense that book one had, I kept waiting for the "Wow!" to hit me and it never did.

There are new characters introduced and plenty of twists to keep the pace moving. The relationship between Callie and Michael stayed firmly in the friend zone which was surprising and a little disappointing because when we first met them in Starters you could feel there was something more there. Despite everything that happens with "Blake" (in both books) I still expected them to find their way back to each other.

In truth, I think that was my biggest issue with this sequel, the romance or lack thereof. There was such a buildup in the first book and then an awkward, confusing and slightly creepy attempt in this one.

Readers who are more focused on the science fiction element will thoroughly enjoy this sequel.

Was this review helpful to you? 

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.
Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Tracker's Canyon
Thanks to his dad’s coaching, sixteen-year-old Tristan is one of...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Ride: Kit Meets Covington
Trying to move on from her mother’s death and afraid...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Project Pandora (An Assassin Fall novel)
Tyler Bennett trusts no one. Just another foster kid bounced...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Enhanced
Seventeen-year-old Mana has found and rescued her mother, but her...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Max Tilt: Fire the Depths
When thirteen-year-old Max Tilt happens upon his great-great-great-grandfather Jules Verne's...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Stone Cold Age (Lucy and Andy Neanderthal)
Neanderthal siblings Lucy and Andy are back to their paleo...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
The Knowing
Samara is one of the Knowing, and the Knowing...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Monster (Gone #7)
It’s been four years since a meteor hit Perdido...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Slider
David can eat an entire sixteen-inch pepperoni pizza in...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Genuine Fraud
The story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts...
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Expelled
A secret Twitter account An anonymous photo Everyone is...
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Three Sides of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
You may think you know the love triangle, but you've...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Everything You Need to Know About NIGHTMARES! and How to Defeat Them: The Nightmares! Handbook
A handbook for beating nightmares from the New York Times...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Code 7: Cracking the Code for an Epic Life
Life at Flint Hill Elementary School may seem normal, but...
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Rebel's Blade
War. Secrets. Betrayal. Katniss meets Lord of the Rings...
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Confidentially Yours #6: Vanessa's Design Dilemma
In the sixth installment of the series that readers of...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Tracker's Canyon
 
4.7
"Tristan's father taught him everything he near about tracking and canyoneering, but after his father disappears during a hike, Tristan..."
Project Pandora (An Assassin Fall novel)
 
4.0
"Tyler and Shannon are both foster children with a murky grasp of their past... and a startling alternate identity of..."
Enhanced
 
5.0
"After the events of Flying, Mana is back, and her situation hasn't improved. Her father is still deceased, her mother..."
The Knowing
 
4.7
"New Canaan is home to the Knowing, a group of people descended from colonists from the planet Earth--sent to a..."
Three Sides of A Heart: Stories About Love Triangles
 
4.7
"I love short story anthologies. So when I heard that there was a collection of YA shorts by some of..."
These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
 
4.0
"I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up. First of all, it sounded a bit like..."
Monster (Gone #7)
 
4.7
"Let me start by saying that while this is the seventh (yes, seventh!) book in a series, I haven't ever..."
Genuine Fraud
 
3.3
"This is my first book by E. Lockhart and boy did it stress me out! Told in reverse, I flipped..."
First Came Forever (The Angelheart Saga #1)
 
5.0
"I am totally blown away by this book! It’s just absolutely adorable! I was hooked from the very first page..."
The Last Namsara
 
5.0
"The Last Namsara is easily one of my favourite fantasy books of this year. I mean, a princess who slays..."
Apex (Hunter Series #3)
 
5.0
"APEX is the epic, action-packed finale to the Hunter Series. Joy is now a member of the Elite Hunter Command..."
Bad Girl Gone
 
4.0
"Sixteen-year-old Echo Stone wakes up and finds herself in a dark house with other kids. Middle House is the home..."
An Ember in the Ashes
 
4.3
"Looooooved this book. I devoured each page. Savored every word. The writing is gorgeous. The characters are flawed but sympathetic...."
Three Dark Crowns
 
5.0
"LOVE. THIS. BOOK. Looooooooove! I'm not sure I'll make it to September when the second book is released. ..."
Nevermore (Nevermore #1)
 
4.0
"What a ride! As a Poe enthusiast, I found this book irresistible. I struggled to put it down. And, when..."
Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2)
 
5.0
"I'm in love with this book series. LOVE. The world building, the story, the characters... *book nerd heart sigh* ..."
Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy #3)
 
5.0
"I am now officially in a state of end-of-book-series mourning. I shall don my book nerd black armband and grapple..."
Caraval
 
3.7
"**spoiler alert** This. Was. AMAZING! I love psychological thrillers and gothic tales. However, the ending left me ... uncomfortable. ..."
The Scorpio Races
 
5.0
"I'm struggling for words to adequately describe my experience while reading this phenomenal story. All I know is that..."
On A LARP
 
5.0
"“And you want to know something else, something truly freaky? It is absolutely amazing how much stuff can flit through..."