Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
Expected Publication Date: January 7, 2014
*Received ARC from publisher via NetGalley
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".
After that shocking ending in Starters, I was really excited to read Enders. The book begins right where Starters left off, with Callie hearing the Old Man's voice in her head and still feeling so betrayed about what happened with Blake. She then meets Hyden and they start working together to keep the Old Man from controlling the other kids with chips in their heads. There are so many twists and turns in this novel and one completely surprising revelation that I didn't see coming. Jaw dropping. Very unpredictable, but it did answer a nagging question I had throughout this book about the way the Old Man was acting.
The book is intense and filled with action and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Callie is such a strong MC and I enjoyed getting to know Hyden, who is definitely mysterious and I never knew whether Callie should trust him or not. My only complaint is that I still don't feel like I know Michael any more than I did in the first book and I'm not sure what his character adds to the story. I thought he would play a larger role in this book, but he always seemed to stay on the periphery. The book wraps everything up, but there is still more that the author could do with these characters in this world, although my understanding is that this is a duology. In sum, I really enjoyed this book.
Posted by: Pam