Enders (Starters #2)

Enders (Starters #2)

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Enders (Starters #2)
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Release Date
January 07, 2014
ISBN
978-0385742498
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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.

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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.

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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.

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