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{December 30, 2013}   {ARC Review} Enders by Lissa Price (Starters #2)

13412377From Goodreads: 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.


This novel pulled me in and kept my attention to the very last page.  Sequels are perhaps the hardest novels to write in a trilogy, but Price did an amazing job with Enders and I actually enjoyed in more than the first book in the series, Starters.  I felt that there was a lot more action in this novel, and it kept me guessing as it unfolded.  The fact that I was better able to connect with the characters in this sequel was also helpful, and I found that I liked Callie much more this time around.  Price really threw me for a loop with a few of her revelations within this novel, which made it all the more fun because I never saw any of it coming.

Although Prime Destinations is no longer a threat, the chips in the starter’s heads are still just as lethal, especially as the Old Man has developed a way to remotely detonate them.  Callie is the main target, but not for detonation.  Instead, she is wanted because of her unique ability to co-exist within her body at the same time that someone else controls it, as was seen in Starters.  This makes her the only entity that can be controlled and used as a weapon, which is bad news for Callie and everyone she cares about.  Imagine being taken over and having to control of your body, but being able to see and hear everything happening around you.  That is scary in and of itself, and Callie’s life just got a whole lot scarier as she learns the truth about her abilities, and those of the Old Man.

This is a great read that went in directions I hadn’t even thought about.  I really enjoyed it, and I highly suggest it to readers who enjoy sci-fi and dystopian novels, even if Starters wasn’t your favorite. It’s a fun ride.  Four stars.

4 stars

Delacorte Press has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its widespread release on January 7, 2014.

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fatma shahin says:

seems like such an intersting book!Also i love the cover<3

It was! I love the cover too, much more than the cover for Starters. :)

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