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Gr 7 Up—Callie successfully brought down Prime Destinations, but that wasn't the end. While she and her family are at the mall, another Starter with a chip in her head has her body hijacked and is turned into a living bomb-all while the Old Man addresses Callie directly through her mind. The protagonist is determined to take him down once and for all and to regain control of her mind and body for good. Price's writing is functional at best and clichéd at worst, too frequently leaning on crutches (like emotion flashing in a character's eyes), but the point here is the story, not its telling. While the first half of Enders drags, especially after the pervasive tension in Starters (Delacorte, 2012), things pick up once Callie is kidnapped by Hyden, the Old Man's son, who opposes his father's work. Her attraction to Hyden feels forced and tacked-on. In the end, all questions are answered and all conflicts resolved (some rather quickly and a little too perfectly), and the book's hopeful ending points toward society's eventual recovery from the effects of the Spore Wars and the generational conflict it caused. Recommended strictly for hard-core fans of the first book who can overlook this sequel's flaws.—Gretchen Kolderup, New York Public Library
Bringing to conclusion the story arc begun in Starters (2012), Price’s first take on a postplague Los Angeles, this is pure, adrenaline-fueled plot. Hopefully, you know the setup: a society where bioengineering-enabled older people inhabit the bodies of teens, thus giving them a chance to revisit youth. While Callie, a teen “Metal” with a chip in her head, helped bring down the evil Prime Destinations company, the mastermind, the Old Man, got away. Now, despite the loss of his facility, he is still able to access Callie’s head. A number of tricky twists lead Callie to believe her father may have survived the plague that took down his generation, and might know something useful about the technology. And what’s that? An inappropriate love interest in the form of the Old Man’s son. Callie best heed the Old Man’s advice: “Trust no one but yourself . . . and then question that.” Fans of Starters will gobble this up, and while the ending is conclusive, there remains room to imagine Callie and her fellow Metals in new adventures. Grades 7-10. --Karen Cruze
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After the fall of Prime Destinations, Callie finds herself with loose ends to tie up. Beginning life with her brother in the house she has seemingly inherited, Callie could live a comfortable existence. But when the voice returns, she finds herself once again drawn into conflict and trying to save the "metals". While the overall story, melted nicely into the original, I felt as though the author was forcing an unnecessary happy ending on us. The fall of the villain was quite enough of an ending. Any twists beyond this point just seemed sappy.
I would recommend the book as a sense of closure to the series. As a whole, the plot of Enders may be unimpressive to some.
I can't stop reading this. The story and the way it is written is awesome.
Everybody who have read Starters should for sure read this book.
Everyone who asks me about a good book, I indicate this one.
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