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by Lissa Price

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The riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller STARTERS!
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—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders.


The riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller STARTERS!
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—Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. 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.

Adrenaline-fueled . . .  Fans of Starters will gobble this up.”—Booklist
“Delightfully disturbing.”—Kirkus Reviews

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"Pure, adrenaline-fueled plot...Fans of Starters will gobble this up." - Booklist

"Delightfully disturbing...a solid conclusion that will repay readers." - Kirkus Reviews
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Lynne Farrell Stover
Teenager Callie Woodland lives in a world where the human population is either very young or very old; the “Spores Wars” has annihilated those in the middle. The story begins with Callie and her little brother safe and sound in the house she inherited from the generous Ender, Helena. Callie quickly relates an intriguing backstory of struggle and sacrifice to the reader who may not have read the first book, Starters (Random House, 2012/Voya December 2012). She then proceeds on a reckless quest to rid herself of the chip in her head that allows others to take possession of her body. In the process, she encounters much danger, uncovers a nefarious international scheme, and interacts with people who are not who she thinks they are. The promising premise of a world attempting to reestablish social order after losing a large segment of its population is never fulfilled. The plot is predictable. Other than a strong female protagonist, the characters are two-dimensional and tedious. The world the author endeavors to build is not well defined, interesting, or exceptional. Attempts to address the technology in this futuristic society are basically the renaming of existing terminologies; Zing, Zip Taser, and z-lift—the author seems to have a fondness for the letter “Z.” However, the interwoven social commentary concerning the disparity between the haves and have-nots and the desire for physical perfection no matter what the cost is thought-provoking. Fans of dystopian literature may find this book interesting. Reviewer: Lynne Farrell Stover; Ages 12 to 18.
Children's Literature - Magi Evans
Callie and Michael thought they were safe when they brought about the closure of Prime Destinations, a high tech facility that paid teenage “Starters” to rent out their bodies to “Enders” (elderly adults) looking for a temporary thrill. But Callie is stuck with a chip in her head that unfortunately allows evil, unscrupulous people to occupy her body and control her actions. Her distinction is that she is the only “Metal” who remains conscious of the other person when she is being occupied, and the only one whose chip has been altered to allow her to kill someone while being occupied. Now Callie, Michael, and Hyden, another Metal and the son of the original Prime creator, are on the run from renegade leftover employees of Prime. One of whom plans to sell Callie to the highest bidder, who may use her to assassinate enemies. When Callie learns that her father just might be alive and a captive of Brockman, she is more determined than ever to get into the fortress where Brockman is holding all the other Metals. Betrayed and trapped at every turn, Callie, Michael, and Hyden nevertheless manage to break in. What they find there is even worse than they anticipated. In order to prevail, Callie will have to overcome Brockman’s hold on her body, and determine whether Hyden is a friend or an enemy. It is important to read the first book, Starters, to understand the back-story and the relationships of all the characters. The two books together comprise a thrilling post-apocalyptic story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Reviewer: Magi Evans; Ages 14 up.
School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
Teenagers with microchips that enable people to borrow their bodies evade those who would use them. Using an inheritance from Helena, the elderly woman who rented Callie's body in Starters (2012), Callie's carved out a life and safety for herself, her younger brother and her best friend, Michael. Then the first book's main villain, the Old Man, reaches out to her to demonstrate the deadly danger the chips pose if the chip-implanted teenagers, Metals, don't obey him. He commands Callie to meet him, but she's intercepted and rescued by a boy claiming to be the Old Man's son. Genius Hyden, who helped develop the chips, explains how to block the signals his father uses to track and control Metals. The developing romance stays in the background, as Callie and Hyden set about keeping the Metals from his father in the slow first half. Predictably, there is a raid, and all except Callie, Hyden and Michael are conveniently captured, launching an action-oriented rescue storyline and a series of plot twists. Some glossed-over twists stretch believability, though the threat (and villain's secret plan), smaller-scale than in Starters, is personal in a creepy way. Metals can be controlled remotely, and Callie's modified chip keeps her awake and aware, leading to a delightfully disturbing climax. It's not as intense as Starters, but it offers some answers and a solid conclusion that will repay readers. (Science fiction. 12-18)

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Random House Children's Books
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HL510L (what's this?)
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12 Years

Meet the Author

LISSA PRICE is the award-winning international bestselling author of STARTERS, published in over thirty countries. She has lived in India and Japan but now resides in Los Angeles. You can visit her at www.LissaPrice.com.

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Enders 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this sequel so much! Totally worth the wait. It's unique and special all on it's own, but it caries Callie's story on pretty much from where we left her at the end of STARTERS. Every page is a thrill. And I especially loved that we got to meet some interesting new characters. But that ending!!! You think you know everything... but you don't KNOW!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooo good!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once i started reading I couldnt put it down!!!!!Finished it in two days! AMAZING, NO WORDS TO EXPLAIN. New love intrest,new problems, people come into the book that arent expected, no one is who the seem, not even the old man. And there is bigger problems then the boss of prime!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you loved STARTERS you will absolutely adore ENDERS! This is truly the best sequel i have ever read in my life! The characters are so well developed and are easy to fall in love with. Plus, the new characters are AMAZING! Especially Hyden, he is such a mystery!   Each page is full of so much action that you really never know what is going to happen next and No one can be trusted.. My favorite part is the ending though, i mean really , such a shock! I really couldn't put this book down and you would be SO silly not to buy it.  I really wish that there was another book in this AMAZING series!
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I loved this book! I've been a huge fan of Lissa's work since day 1, and she hasn't disappointed me yet!  Enders promises the reader more twist and more exploration into the world that was once tormented by Prime Destinations. Now the ex-donors, called Metals, are given their consciousness back, but that doesn't mean they're safe...  I will say that the pacing of Enders isn't as even as Starters. I'd say that's forgiving considering onslaught of mind explosions she sets off in the delightfully lengthy climax at the end. The series concludes with wonderful closure that satisfies and wraps up all of the conflicts, but leaves the door open just a crack on the hopeful future of her dystopia. If you like Dystopian Fiction, you'll love this!  -Anthony
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this Y.A. book. Great sequel. Easy read. Really flowed well.
inahreads More than 1 year ago
I was too eager to finish this book because I really enjoyed reading Starters. I had put down this book so many times, although unintentionally, because of school works. Fortunately today, I’ve finally had the chance to finish it. With the destruction of Prime, Callie hoped to live a normal life with her brother, Tyler and friend, Michael, but The Old Man has still got a hold of her because of her chip. Determined to bring down The Old Man, she sets out a mission to bring him down for once. It’s pretty obvious Callie wants her chip removed from her brain but there’s the risk of losing connection with her father and of course, the risk of losing her head because of the explosive incorporated to the chip. I really loved Callie’s character development. For me, she’s one of the best female leads in this genre. I also liked how Michael’s character seemed to prove himself worthy of all the actions in this book. His character was more exposed in this book compared to the first one. Hyden’s character was a big surprise for me. I used to ship Callie with Michael but upon Hyden’s appearance, I just don’t know anymore. He’s really intriguing but amazing. His character was just this big suckerpunch hitting me square in the jaw. I absolutely loved this book. It’s very much action-packed, thrilling and intriguing. The best part was the slight lack of romance between the characters which really emphasized the story. Although, there were some times where I found myself gushing over Hyden and Callie, or Michael sometimes. I just don’t know and I don’t really care who she ends up with because I believe that Callie is a strong character and doesn’t need a back-up character to define her strengths for her. I loved the twists and turns in the book. It’s just an amazing conclusion but I kind of felt that the ending was a bit rushed, especially with the way Callie handled the enemy. It was freaking badass, but I really felt that it was rushed. But still, badass. Hahaha! This book will most definitely be enjoyed by fans of science fiction and dystopia.
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I love this book, I truly think they have enough left to make more. Does any one else agree with this?
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Does she?
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I loved the first and cannot wait to read this one too!
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