Series: Starters #2
Also in this series: Starters
Genres: Body, Concepts, Date & Time, Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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.
Solid ending to dystopian YA tale.
Thoughts on Enders
Holy crumb. I bet if Callie had known what she’d end up in the middle of when she first walked through the doors of Prime Directive, she would have taken her chances on the streets. I mean, she was already on the streets and, with her brother’s illness, she didn’t have much choice but… okay, I totally take that thought back. If she had known, I think she still would have done it. Because she made a difference. In her brother’s life, in her friend’s life, in the lives of so many of the other Starters who were being mistreated.
One thing that wigged me out a little in book 1 was the pseudo-romance between Callie and the Ender manipulating Blake’s body. I have to say I was pleased to see that resolved. It ended up taking a different path than I expected and I can totally appreciate that.
Meanwhile, we get a slew of new and old faces tossed into the mix. I did like that we had a chance to connect with the characters this time. With the body bank out of commission, Callie was pretty much Callie for the bulk of this book. I didn’t have to wade through characters being thrown into the heads of Starters. It made keeping track of who was who a lot easier.
Overall, Enders delivered a solid, err, ending to what Callie uncovered in book 1. We get resolution and the potential for future books if Lissa Price is so inclined. I like potential. it makes me smile.