Series: Starters #2
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Source: ARC from Edelweiss
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.“Adrenaline-fueled . . . Fans of Starters will gobble this up.”—Booklist “Delightfully disturbing.”—Kirkus ReviewsFrom the Hardcover edition.
The end to a dystopian duology! If you haven’t read Starters, I would suggest checking out my review here, as this post may include spoilers for that novel.
What can I say about this book except that it was underwhelming? It wasn’t bad. It wasn’t good. And I knew that before I picked it up! I enjoyed Starters enough to read it in one sitting and give it four stars, but I was pretty sure that Enders wouldn’t have much new to add to Price’s world. These could have been a single installment and I would have been a much happier girl!
In this novel, Callie is living safely in Helena’s house…for about three seconds. Then the action begins. The Old Man is able to talk to Callie through her chip and he’s on the hunt to bring her in for his own purposes. Callie is extra skeezed that she basically had a hot romance with the Old Man when he was in another body, so the last thing she needs is any more of that dude in her life.
When a disaster occurs at the mall and Callie is saved by a boy named Hayden, everything changes. Their mission to help the Metals (all Starters who have chips in their heads from Prime Destinations) brings them closer together, but Hayden has a secret that may drive them apart. Star-crossed lovers and whatnot.
This is a satisfying conclusion to the duology and actually answered many of questions about odd plot points in the first book. I found the lack of interesting female characters to be a bit maddening and I still find the covers horribly ugly, but if I could go back in time I would probably still read the series — for what that’s worth!
FINAL GRADE: C
Meh. I’m glad this is a duology. I like the satisfaction of finishing the set, but I am glad to be able to move on to something else. If you have dystopian fatigue, skip this series. If you love a good dystopia, give it a go — these are relatively short, quick reads.
Have you read an underwhelming series ender lately?
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