Title: Enders (Starters #2)
Author: Lissa Price
On the Shelves: Young Adult> Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic> Sci-Fi
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” (Goodreads 2014)
My last review was on Starters, the first book in this duology by Lissa Price, which I re-read specifically because I knew this sequel was coming out. Starters managed to be enjoyable both times I read it. Enders, sadly, couldn’t keep up the impression. The sequel picks up just two days after the events at the end of Starters, where Prime Destination was destroyed and Callie believes she is hearing her father’s voice in her head.
I found numerous annoyances throughout this book. The first one being it was as if the voice of the author had totally changed since the first book. With the first book fresh in my mind, the sequel’s pace and tone was so different, it could’ve been written by a different author. Callie, once street-savvy, smart and brave, has become whiny, clumsy and in some cases, stupid. Despite living on the streets for years, she suddenly has no idea how to protect herself while out amongst the street starters. She constantly treats her “best friend” Michael, who has always been jealous the second any other lad comes on the scene, like a doormat, always leaving her little brother with him. In Starters we put up with one irrelevant love triangle in the form of Michael/Callie/Blake. In Enders, we got rid of the love interest of Blake only to IMMEDIATELY replace him with Hyden- which was ridiculous, rushed and completley unneccesary.
One point another reviewer has made hit the nail on the head of what was also annoying me throughout reading this book, there is no female relationship for Callie. Everyone she talks to seems to be male. If there is a female character, it’s not someone she can trust and is only in passing. It just seemed so unrealistic and frustrating.
The main story of Starters/Enders is that during the Spore Wars, the government didn’t have enough vaccines for everyone, so they vaccinated the children and those over 50…the question which annoys me, is why would they do that and let the “middles” die out? Surely the “middles” would’ve been more valuable to the society than the Elderly? It sounds awful, but think about it- Middles can work longer and are healthier than Enders. They’d be able to look after the vaccinated kids AND reproduce to “Rebuild society” or whatever- so why would the Elders be vaccinated instead. Also the hatred for the Starters by the Elders/Enders just seemed so….again, unnecessary.
The pace of the book was very quick, almost bordering on rushed, and I really did struggle to finish this book, which is a shame because I enjoyed the first book.