Sunday, March 2, 2014

Book review: Enders by Lissa Price

Summary:

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".

NOTE: I received the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

When I requested Enders from Netgalley, I was hoping that it would be as good as Starters. It was. I enjoyed it very much. This is one of the dystopian series that I actually do wait on.

Now let me give a short note here. Unfortunately, the memories I have of this book are one month old, and the notes I took weren't extensive. So, I'm not sure I could be entirely objective.

Writing style:
Good, intriguing writing that makes you want to keep reading.

Story line:
Follows the first book well. Callie lives at Helena's and continues to search for Helena's grand daughter. Then she gets sort of kidnapped by a boy named Hyden. It turns out he's the son of the monster behind the disease that ruined the world. How will they stop Brockman? And when the secrets pile on top of each other, will the even stay together?

Themes:
- How do you cope when the world seems to be going apart?
- The foreign voices in one's head, do they ever go away?
- How many secrets/mistakes can you forgive?

Characters:
Callie is a strong character. She's like a mother to those who have nothing, to those who suffer. She only wanted to protect her brother, Tylor, but it turned out that everyone depended on her. I felt sad that Callie didn't have someone close to her, since Blake turned out to be someone different. But then Hyden came in the picture, and everything seemed to settle. Until more secrets were revealed.

Hyden was a leader. And a genius. He had a kind heart, and I just felt like I'd known him from before. Of course, it turned out that I did, but I won't say how. The point is that I liked Hyden and was glad he came in the picture again.

Brockman, one of the voices in Callie's head, was the real villain. I know we all thought the Old Man was the evil character here, but no. Not even close. Brockman, Hyden's father was the one to fear.

In conclusion, Enders was a good continuation to Starters. A dystopian tale of children, who lived in a world with no parents.

My rating: