Enders by Lissa Price
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Enders is book two of the Starters series. Lissa Price picks up shortly after Starters left off and this book includes quite a bit of action a bit of mystery and some romance. If you haven’t checked this series out yet, I recommend you do. It has a different spin on your typical dystopian which makes me enjoy it even more. No spoilers here so apologies if anything comes across as vague.
Callie has inherited Helena’s mansion and has brought Tyler and Michael to live there. She doesn’t get a ton of time to appreciate not living on the streets because as soon as she heads out to the mall to meet Tyler and Michael, an explosion happens at the mall. This is just after The Old Man started having a conversation with her via the chip and warned her that things were just about to get interesting. When the bomb goes off, a mysterious guy jumps over Callie to protect her from the blast. After telling her she would see him again, he takes off without telling her who he is.
Eventually Callie crosses paths with him again and finds out his name is Hyden. As she learns his story, she comes to realize he is the key to finding and destroying the Old Man. Along the way, she finds out some key things to Hyden’s past as well as who he really is. I won’t talk about it because I don’t want to give away any of the mystery of what is really going on.
The characters continue to drive the story. We get a bit of Beatty at the beginning and end and I wasn’t sad to see what happens with her. I won’t lie, I don’t feel like I got enough of Blake and or Michael…even though Michael was in pretty much the whole book, I felt like I still didn’t get a good handle on him and his relationship with Callie. It is kind of the same with Blake – nothing is really resolved but Callie does reflect on why things were so different between them when the Old Man was taking over Blake vs. how she feels about him now.
Price did a great job wrapping up this series. She resolves all of the open-ended things and leads into what is next for the characters. This was a quick read, the action kept me engaged and the mystery of how things were going to end up for everyone made me keep turning the pages to get to the end of the story. There were definitely quite a few twists that I never would have predicted and that in itself should get you to pick this series up.
Thank you to Netgalley & Random House Children’s for the review copy.
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