Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters #2
Published by: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
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".
I read Starters and enjoyed it a lot. I found it exciting and fast paced, so of course I was looking forward to the second book, Enders. As time passed, I forgot about it. It’s been almost two years between the release dates, so I have a good excuse! Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised when I saw Enders and couldn’t wait to dive in. Unfortunately, I almost wish I hadn’t. This book just did not hold up the way I thought it would.
I had to find and review my notes from Starters first to refresh my memory, but it wasn’t difficult to get back into it. Enders picks up a couple days after we left Callie. She should be safe, but she’s not. The Old Man keeps talking to her via the chip in her head, and threatening the safety of her brother. He wants her and the other Metals to use as weapons, so she has to stop him.
Truthfully, the author should have arranged Starters to be a stand-alone, and completely removed 80% of what was in Enders. I mostly found it dull, with a lot of eye rolling moments. There were things that just did not jive very well, but it got to the point where I didn’t have energy to even care anymore. I would have quite reading, but I had a morbid curiosity to see it through. It’s what I call a masochist read, because I kept reading despite how painful it was.
I liked Callie a lot in Starters, but not quite so much this go around. She was a bit on the annoying side. When you’re told not to trust anyone, and then take candy from a stranger – literally – who just kidnapped you, what do you think is going to happen? Yeah, that type of stuff bugs me, and she has plenty of those moments. Not even any of the secondary characters could save it for me. Don’t even get me started on Hayden or the entire Dawson aspect. Blah.
So I’m sorry to say that Enders was nowhere near as satisfying as Starters. I’m glad it’s over, but I wish I didn’t have to leave the duology on such a low note. Maybe I’ll try to erase this book from my memory and keep my fond memories of Starters.