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.
NOTICE: THIS IS A SEQUEL FOR ANOTHER BOOK. THERE MAY BE SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOK.
I read Starters all the way back in December 2012. The only reason why I remember that is because I read it the day the world ended. I enjoyed Starters, but it's been so long that I was kind of iffy about this book just because I felt like my memory would not be the best. My memory still felt a bit vague, but there was enough of a recap for me to enjoy the book.
Prime Destination was destroyed and Callie is now living with Tyler and Michael in Helena's home. But things aren't over and done with. The Old Man is still talking in Callie's head and a trip to the mall reveals that he is able to control Starters. Callie has to figure out a way to stop the Old Man, prevent herself from being controlled, and protect her brother. Easier said than done.
This was a very well done sequel. This book has more of an odd thriller vibe than dystopian. This is still a very dystopian novel, but it has many thriller aspects. This book is very fast-paced, full of many on-the-run scenes and so many twists.
I liked Callie and she is a great main character. She honestly has to do so many things in this book. Though, for some reason she just felt flat to me. I really don't know why. There wasn't really anything wrong with her or any of the other characterizations. I just couldn't really connect with Callie or anyone else. It could be just the fact that I read the first book so long ago. The other reason could just be that I generally don't connect with thriller-esque books.
I liked this book, but I didn't like it as much as I liked the first book. I just had trouble connecting to the characters and while I liked all the plot twists, they made me dizzy! Anyway, this was still a great sequel! If you enjoy thriller-esque dystopians with a fast-pace and plot twists, then you will most likely enjoy this book.
Meaning: I liked it