Author: Lissa Price
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Shelves: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Recommended for Fans Of: Suzanne Collins, Amy Tintera
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Source: Random House Kids for review
Format: Physical ARC
Summary (from Goodreads): 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".
Review: First, a HUGE thank you to Random House for sending me Enders for review! This better not be the last book. Lissa Price, there better be a third book. Just so everything can be tied up and left neatly. I get a little "anxious" when I finish a book and there are endless possibilities. I'm not going to spoil anything for anyone, but the very ending was pretty good. What would make it even better would be a follow up book.
Characters: Callie definitely annoyed me less in this book. She was still artificially beautiful, and it still irked me that this may have been the only reason she had a chance for romance. I said it in my review of the first book, and I will say it again. However, in Enders, romance and relationships are no longer her first priority, which helped me like her a little better.
Romance: Well the romance in this book came as a HUGE surprise. I wasn't expecting it at all, and I think it's one of the main things that makes the sequel worth reading. It wasn't perfect, but it was definitely entertaining and easy to read. One thing I do have to say about Enders, is that the romance in this book will not be a life-changing-oh-my-gosh-feels type of romance. It just is. It may even seem a little plain to people, but the twists and turns added in are definitely something that does give it a little bit of an edge.
Writing: The writing in Enders was definitely much of an improvement from Starters. Enders is filled with more suspense and shocking twists. I could also definitely relate to Callie a lot more, and feel the heart-pounding, pulse racing emotions she felt.
Conclusion: Although it's not really a favorite of mine, I found Starters and Enders interesting and a fresh twist in YA dystopian novels.