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Enders by Lissa Price eARC {4 Stars}

Enders by Lissa Price continues Callie’s story as she deals with a chip in her head, a secret organization out to control her, and just wanting to give her baby brother the family and home he has lost. Enders picked up quickly days after that amazing ending of Starters and the action never let up. Mysteries pile on top of mysteries and I honestly don’t know how Callie managed to push through it all. Callie continues to be a great no-nonsense heroine, though with a few more guys entering her life just to make things complicated ;-). Basically, if you liked Starters, I have no idea how you could resist picking up Enders.

Note: I received an eARC of Enders through Netgalley for an honest review. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Enders by Lissa Price eARC {4 Stars}

Enders by Lissa Price (Starters #2)
Published by Delacorte on Jan 7th, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, YA
Page Length: 288 pages
How I got my copy: NetGalley
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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".

4 Stars

Strengths:

  • Enders is action-packed! Callie is constantly forming plans and trying to get everything figured out. Just when she thinks she’s finally somewhere safe, another monkey wrench is thrown into the mix. I read Enders in two days and might have left work early to fit in more reading >.>.
  • You know how Starters had all those crazy awesome plot twists at the end? Enders keeps the awesome plot reveals going :D. I can’t even tell you anything since it would obviously be a spoiler, but you’re in for a treat!
  • I enjoyed the new characters that are pulled in since we finally get to meet more Starters, Enders, and *gasp* Middles outside of those Callie knew in Starters. We also get to see a couple of old faces that I wasn’t expecting, woot!
  • Enders has a light romantic element that worked pretty well for the story. I liked that while Callie was getting all these feelings for boys, she frequently had to put that aside to deal with the not-dying thing. Not dying definitely ranks above boys ;-).
  • There is this thing that I can’t tell you about because it’s a major spoiler, but it’s super happy and one of those things that often is done poorly in YA. In general, I appreciated that Enders had the right amount of hope and happiness to offset the horrible elements of a post-apocalyptic world. There is definitely plenty of grit and danger, but it’s such a relief to have spots of hope for Callie to hold on to.

Weaknesses:

  •  I’m pretty sure I’m not crazy and missed the term Middles in the first book? Please do correct me if I’m wrong on that, but there were a couple of new terms thrown in that struck me as odd that they weren’t used before. The other new term is Metal to refer to a former-donor with a chip in their head. I would have preferred we just stuck to the terms introduced in Starters since it felt a bit odd for everyone to have made up new terms and all agree on them.
  • I’m serious about not being sure how Callie sorted everything out. The reasoning of the major movers of the plot went a bit over my head on my first read. If I sat down and really thought through it, I might be able to convince myself that the motivations of certain people do make sense, but it’s definitely not all clicking immediately after finishing Enders. Once you get through the first half, don’t read while too tired ;-).
  • I’m frustrated that we still don’t have a great picture of the world that Starters and Enders take place in. There is talk of the spore wars and that leading to the plague, but I don’t really know what the wars were about, who they were with, what the rest of the world is doing. Some of this is because Callie doesn’t know, obviously, but I would expect her to have been watching the news and give us a bit more context. Similarly, it’s always been a bit unclear to me where we are supposed to be technology-wise. Lifespans have been doubled, we have clothing that projects holograms, but are we driving gas cars? What are these special schools that Callie refers to once or twice? I love new vocabulary being introduced for tech and such, but I feel like I have such a limited grasp on what kind of world Callie lives in.

Summary:

Enders is a fantastic sequel to Starters with no second-book syndrome. If you enjoyed Starters, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed (though really, I don’t see how you couldn’t be excited for Enders based on that ending!). While I wish that I could have a better idea of the world without having to read the novellas, I love Callie and the interesting cast of good, evil, and somewhere-in-between secondary characters.

4 Stars
Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

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 Enders by Lissa Price

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Comments

  1. I’m glad this one didn’t fall into the sequel slump for you! But the cover is still kind of creeping me out/keeping me away. Maybe the paperback version will have a different one?
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  2. Ok I guess I need to reconsider this series….I have had several blogs be totally mad about the second book so I didn’t read the first so I guess I need to rethink that whole stance!

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