Price, Lissa. Enders (Starters #2)
7 January 2014, Delacorte Books for Young Readers
E ARC from Netgalley. com
Callie is back, and things are greatly improved. She is living in Helena's house with her brother Tyler, and friend Michael is nearby, although he is still hurt by her relationship with Blake. While at the mall to buy Tyler new shoes, Callie sees Reece, another worker at Prime, but she looks a bit odd and then blows up! Callie knew that the chip installed in her when she was working at being a vehicle for "ender" tourists still gave her trouble, but since she is still hearing the Old Man in her head, she decides that something needs to be done. That something arrives in the guise of Hyden, who claims to be the Old Man's son, but also claims to be against all of the work that Prime did. He helps Callie gather as many "Metals" as he can, and they have a large community of them in a compound that is inaccessible to the tracking programs the Old Man has. Callie is attracted to Hyden, but because of a scientific accident, he can't touch anyone. When the compound is attacked and the Metals taken, Callie knows that she will never be safe until she can find the Old Man and neutralize him, but she has many surprises waiting for her.
Strengths: This had a lot of action, adventure, and some crazy good science fiction facets! The explanation for the death of all the parents (the Spore Wars) and the explanation of the social hierarchy still works. Callie's relationship with Helena (who is dead but still present in flashbacks) is interesting, and the twists are some that I didn't quite see coming.
Weaknesses: I am not fond of the new covers, because the original was SO super awesome. I didn't like this one quite as well as the first, but I'm not quite sure why.