Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Review: Enders by Lissa Price

Title: Enders
Author: Lissa Price
Genre: Dystopia
Series: Starters #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Doubleday Children's
Publication Date: December 26th 2013

Tell Me About It
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 -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.
My Thoughts
I have been looking forward to reading Enders from the minute I finished reading Starters in 2012. I was super excited to get a copy of Enders for review, and I absolutely love the cover, in real life her face is really creepy ;).
When I made a start on reading Enders I was looking forward to jumping back into this world again, and even though I did a re-read of Starters to get caught up, I still found myself struggling to get into Enders. I wanted more of what we got in Starters instead I felt like the story for Enders cruised along, with the occasional blip on the radar to make it interesting.

I liked the characters, and it was interesting to see some old faces, but also meet a lot of new Metals like Callie. To me the most interesting person is Hyden, and that is only because a lot of himself is kept a mystery and he only reveals enough to keep Callie helping find other Metals. He also has a lot of his own secrets, one of them is revealed later on in the book and was not what I expected at all.
Callie didn't seem like Callie to me, she is annoying and doesn't really think things through before acting on them, even down to getting Michael was a silly mistake. Her constant flipping between liking Michael and Hyden made me want to shake her and tell her to choose, she gives off the impression she has feelings for Michael, but puts him in the 'brother zone', she initially doesn't like Hyden, but wants to kiss him and touch him (this is not what you think, and comes across better when you know about Hyden)

While I didn't love Enders, I did think it was OK, and there was obviously something there to keep me reading. However the ending didn't feel like an ending, and I felt like there is a lot more to tell about what happens next, it didn't really end on a final note.

About Lissa
Lissa has taught workshops at SCBWI and the La Jolla Writer’s Conference, and spoken on panels at ComicCon, WonderCon, WorldCon, Workstock, The LA Times Festival of Books, the Boston Book Festival and many more. She’s a member of SCBWI, SFWA, ITW, as well as one of the Apocalypsies, a group of 2012 debut YA authors. She also blogs at The League of Extraordinary Writers . She has lived in India and Japan, and once traveled completely around the globe over two years. Now she resides in Southern California with her husband, coyotes and the occasional deer.

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1 comment:

  1. I was not really a fan of the first book, I'm afraid, and I was never really interested in reading this, especially since so much time has passed since book 1 came out. I'm glad you weren't disappointed, even if you didn't love it.
    Great review.


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