Book Review: Enders by Lissa Price

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Author: Lissa Price
Publication Date: January 7, 2014 by Delacorte Press
Rating: ★★★★★

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Synopsis

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.

 

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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Jennifer E. Smith and Lissa Price in PH

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So yesterday was one of the most amazing book signings I’ve ever been. Aside from the fact that I almost got lost at BGC trying to find where the hell SM Aura was, it was pretty much exciting. I got to be in a new environment and I do have to say that Bonifacio Global City looks pretty rad, not to mention cool shuttle buses to get to the place.

Being the BGC noob I was, I left home around 5:45 but arrived at Ayala around 7:30 because of the long queues at MRT-Quezon Ave station.After that, I rode the shuttle bus to BGC and arrived at SM Aura at around 8am all because I got out of the bus at the other side of Market Market so I had to walk to the other side and cross to SM Aura. Hahaha! Good thing though, I was 74th in line, which was really surprising because it was 8AM already. Last book signing I attended, I also arrived at 8AM but I was 212th. Haha!

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I met up with Erika and Miedjel from Partners in Books, with their cousin, Kyra. We spent almost all day during the event.

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As always, it was Ms. Xandra Ramos of National Bookstore who opened the program up with some short interview. It was fun to watch as it was my first time to actually be seated on the chairs during the program. Hahaha! I tried to catch the author’s eyes and luckily they saw me! I gave Lissa a small wave and she waved back, while I gave Jennifer a full on smile which she gave me a sweet smile back. There were some interesting stories and facts from the interview which I’m really glad to share to you.

  • Lissa Price’s Starters was originally titled, The Body Bank.
  • Lissa got the idea of Starters from her own experience at Costco, when she was trying to get a flu vaccine but there was a shortage of vaccine supply and they announced that the vaccines will only be given to the young ones and the elders.
  • Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel is called “Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between.”
  • It’s about a couple who spends their last day by recalling their memories together before flying out separately to study in different schools across US.
  • The Statistical Probability of  Love at First Sight was picked up as a movie but Jen was so secretive about the casting.
  • Oliver was Jen’s favorite among the three guys.
  • When asked, Jennifer said that her books came from her own experiences and she just mixed her own secret formula, “add a super cute boy.”
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Look at all these people waiting for their books to be signed.

Then came the book signing proper. The line moved fast. I couldn’t wait for my books to be signed until my turn came. I went to Jennifer Smith first and I was too shocked until she smiled at me and asked me how I was feeling. The first words that came out of my mouth was, “I feel great!”.

We chatted for a bit and I told her that I loved the idea of her next book, and she said she’s really excited for that one because it was somehow similar to The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight because it takes place only for 12 hours. I told him that Oliver was my favorite too and she was really happy to hear about it.

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This was me pretty much gushing about how much I love Oliver. :P

After that, she gave me a hug and I felt really awesome. It was just wonderful to be hugged by one of your favorite authors.

The crazy thing was, when I was on my way to Lissa Price’s table, I opened my copy of The Statistical… and looked at her signature when I saw this pretty message

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I really hope no one saw me blushing on stage. Hahahaha!

Lissa Price was really one of the sweetest and kindest authors ever. I overheard the girl in front of me that she had a friend who couldn’t go because of the bad weather and Lissa agreed to give her friend a video message. That was really genuinely sweet!

When my turn came, we chatted also. I loved the fact that she really took her time with every person on the line, making sure that she chats with them. When she was signing my copy of Starters, she noticed my transparent flaglets I used to mark the pages of her book and she was surprised to see that. I told her that I reviewed her book and that she actually read it and responded to me on Twitter about it. However, I confessed to her that I haven’t read Enders yet and she told me, “Shame on you!” and we both got a good laugh. After that, she gave me a hug and told me to keep in touch through Twitter.

This was definitely one of the best book signings I’ve ever been. Thanks again to Jen and Lissa and to National Bookstore for making all of this happen.

 

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Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

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Title: Starters (Starters, #1)
Author: Lissa Price
Pages: 336, Paperback
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Rating: ★★★★★

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Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

 

Synopsis

You can’t get them out of your head.

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie.

Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter.

Callie soon discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than she could ever have imagined.

 

I’ve been meaning to read this one for so long now and I’m pretty happy that I’ve finally picked it up (Thanks to the book signing event which will happen next month). Honestly, the book is so action-packed and truly “a bona fide page-turner”.

Callie’s parents was wiped out because of the Spore Wars, along with the others aged between twenty to sixty. Now, she’s living with her seven-year old brother, Tyler, and her friend, Michael as squatters. Looking for ways to survive, Callie desperately goes to Prime Destinations— a place run by The Old Man, where they hire teens to have their bodies rented out by Enders or senior citizens who wants to experience the joys of being young again. Callie signs up for the program but the neurochip installed in her brain had certain malfunctions which caused her life to change. Soon after, she discovers that there’s more behind Prime Destinations than it’s pretty enticing facade.

The concept of this book is freaking amazing. Honestly, I’ve never read anything like it. I’m a fan of dystopian fics and I’m very proud to say that this is one of the best dystopian books that I have read.

I loved how the book immediately switched to action mode. The thing about Prime Destinations is that it’s very intriguing and it’s one of those things that you know you’re not going to fall for their game play.

Callie is a very likeable character. She’s a strong one, a fighter. I love her willpower, her courage and her integrity. Tyler is pretty adorable and smart for a boy of his age. I liked Michael too. He’s a great friend to Callie and Tyler. The other teens in the story are either legit teens or renters so mostly I had doubts about their characters, especially with Blake. I really really liked Sara. I’m so sad because of what happened to her character. The mystery around The Old Man was really intriguing and I so did not see that one twist coming. It was written so well.

Overall, the book was really enjoyable and thrilling. It’s full of action and a bit of a romance which balances out the “dark” side of the book.

I’m so excited to buy and read the second one! I’m also thinking about attending Lissa’s book signing, together with Jennifer E. Smith, next month.

ABOUT LISSA PRICE

 

 

finalthreequarterverysm (1)Lissa Price’s debut novel STARTERS is an award-winning, international bestseller published in over thirty countries. Dean Koontz called this YA futuristic thriller “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” The LA Times said it is “Dystopian science-fiction at its best,” and “Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to ‘The Hunger Games’ will find it here.” 

STARTERS was a Barnes & Noble pick of the month and one of only four debuts on the B&N Best Teen Books of 2012. It was awarded the its Eselsohr for Best YA Book in 2012, selected by a jury of teens in Germany, and was chosen as a top ten favorite book of 2012 by both French and German readers. It won the Crimezone Award for Best YA Thriller and is one of the LAPL’s and Chicago Public Library’s Best Teen Books of 2012.

Starters was chosen for the IRA Reading List and is the only book nominated for both the Florida Teens Read List and the SSYRA Middle School List 2013-14.

In Germany, Starters launched a brand-new YA imprint of the established Piper Verlag publisher called IVI. Audiobooks have been recorded in English and German.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

 

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

It’s been a while since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday post. Anyways, I’m very much excited to share to you my list for today.

1. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd. I absolutely loved The Madman’s Daughter so I’m very much excited to read this one. Unfortunately, I haven’t spotted a single copy in my local bookstore yet.

2, Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I really like The Wizard of Oz and I think that this take on the classic story will really get me going.

3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book which makes me so excited to read it.

4. The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith. Travel, Love, Travel. Honestly, those words always come to my mind when I think about this book. I’m so excited to read this even though I’ve read mixed reviews.

5. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. Like the first one on the list, I haven’t spotted a single copy of this book. I really want to read this book and I hope I will soon.

6. The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes. I’ve never read any Stokes novel but I’ve managed to snag an ARC of Liars, Inc. from Edelweiss. The Art of Lainey has a pretty cover which makes me more excited to dive into it.

7. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I love the synopsis of this book. I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

8. Enders by Lissa Price. I loved Starters so much that I wanted to buy this book on the same day that I finished the first one.

9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and The Lunar Chronicles in general that’s why I want to read it.

10. Isla and The Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. I just need one copy, curl up in my bed and start reading this piece of gem. I know most of you have read this (or not haha) and I’m really jealous. Hahaha! I’m pretty excited for this one because I feel like I can relate to Isla best among the three, judging from the Sneak Peek which I really enjoyed.

What’s on your list for today?

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