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.
[My Spoiler-free Review :)]
The author does a good job of explaining previous events in the context of this new situation that Callie, Michael and Tyler are in. For those who have read the first book, I can promise that you’ll find out the identity of the Old Man and he will not be who you expected.
There’s a lot of “conspiracy” weaved into the plot and sometimes it feels almost overdone. I understand the importance of the chips but I was beginning to feel like the story was becoming too focused on just that aspect of the world Callie is living in. It’s kind of harder to see the bigger picture in this whole chain of events.
I just didn’t enjoy this book as much as the first book because I expected more. This was mainly because of the exciting cliffhanger ending in the first book and the fact that this was a really interesting “new” sort of dystopian book I hadn’t heard of before. To be honest, I think that this series could have and should have ended at the first book. Enders does reveal a lot more background and even some new information but the plot had a lot of similarities to the first book. Some parts of the story seemed a bit unrealistic and although they were explained later, I felt annoyed that the characters didn’t really question these discrepancies. They simply went along with it.
That said, the action and adventure did keep me reading so I did enjoy a majority of the book. So I still recommend this book to you – specially if you enjoy reading dystopian books.
*** You can find my review of the first book in this series here.