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Series: Starters #2
Published by Random House Children's Books on January 7th, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.
I read Starters a while ago, so I jumped into Enders with not remembering much about the world except that Prime Destinations were a controlling crazy “company.” Glad to find out that it didn’t take too much to remember who was who and what was happening. Again, I found myself thrust into the fast pacing and quick story line that developed way in the beginning. I couldn’t put it down because I just wanted to know what the outcome would be. What would happen to Callie? To her brother? Would she have a happily ever after? I raced to finish it in two sittings. I normally love books that are set in the futuristic world, and this one was no exception. I couldn’t shake off the feeling of not being able to control your own body. Or worse..Trapped in your own body and you know someone is using you to do unspeakable acts. How horrid! The twist that happened in the end was expected, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. The reasons for it didn’t make much sense to me, but I accepted it anyway. Questions were answered and I’m pretty sure there could be more developed there.
As for the characters, Callie worked quickly to uncover all the truths and in doing so, she gained so much more strength. She developed into a stronger version of herself and I was happy to see her fight to the death, quite literally. Her actions and decisions weren’t perfect, but that’s what I liked about her. She’s imperfect and she’s quick to understand that and fix it anyway. The Old Man came back and this time he was even more creepy and sinister. He was definitely a mystery, but it ended up working to his advantage.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for quick sci-fi read! Especially if you like books where the main character is trying to unravel the truth, you’ll love this one.