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?
It is simply weird that after reading countless YA dystopian books last year, Starters (the first book in the series) ended up being one of the more memorable ones for me. I really don't think Starters was that amazing but it is certainly not as bad and predictable as most of the dystopian out there. It could be an awesome stand alone if the characters are developed more fully but since it turned out to be a duology, I guess the author is saving some more stuff to be revealed in the last book.
And Enders did went up a notch in terms of character development, world building and action but it also introduced a whole new set of problems, conflicts and characters. Just when we thought we knew who the bad guy is (seriously the Old Man is so not creative as villains' names go) there are in fact several new dubious characters that we should look out for. Callie certainly have her hands full trying to beat the Old Man who is haunting her mind, saving other donor kids from being victimised by these shady characters and also falling in love with a new knight in shining armour.
So without indulging too much, let's just say Callie had some pretty hot moments with this guy and now there's actually three guys that had something to do with her. Yup, it's not even a love triangle anymore. It's turning into an actual love square.
What I don't like is how everything seemed to end rather abruptly. I have all these questions waiting to be answered like what makes Callie's chip so special compared to the other donors and is the Old Man really her father? (I was secretly hoping for a Darth Vader twist in here). Sadly, everything is not fully resolved in the end and I'm left with more questions than answers which really bugged me. For one, we don't really get any closure as to which guy she ended up with. Is this a hint for more stories from the Callie and her gang? I really have no idea.