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ISBN: 0385742495     ISBN-13: 9780385742498
Publisher: Delacorte Pr
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: January 2014

Annotation: The riveting conclusion to the sci-fi thriller Starters finds Callie struggling to choose between removing the mind-control chip that is being manipulated by the Enders and losing her connection to the voice that might belong to her father, a decision that is complicated by returning memories of ex-renter Helena and the fearsome Old Man.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Science fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013011679
Lexile Measure: 510
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Starters
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.85 lbs) 273 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 163574
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q63902
Reading Level: 3.8   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 17.0
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Contributor Bio(s): >LISSA PRICE is the award-winning international bestselling author of STARTERS, published in over thirty countries. She has lived in India and Japan but now resides in Los Angeles. You can visit her at www.LissaPrice.com.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
With the body rental bank destroyed, Callie (Starters) goes after the Old Man who ran the organization. She joins forces with his son, a young science genius named Hyden, and other kids with implanted chips in their brains to thwart the Enders. This sequel may satisfy fans of the first book, but the plot lacks logic and the characters are thinly drawn.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

Gr 7 Up—Callie successfully brought down Prime Destinations, but that wasn't the end. While she and her family are at the mall, another Starter with a chip in her head has her body hijacked and is turned into a living bomb-all while the Old Man addresses Callie directly through her mind. The protagonist is determined to take him down once and for all and to regain control of her mind and body for good. Price's writing is functional at best and clichéd at worst, too frequently leaning on crutches (like emotion flashing in a character's eyes), but the point here is the story, not its telling. While the first half of Enders drags, especially after the pervasive tension in Starters (Delacorte, 2012), things pick up once Callie is kidnapped by Hyden, the Old Man's son, who opposes his father's work. Her attraction to Hyden feels forced and tacked-on. In the end, all questions are answered and all conflicts resolved (some rather quickly and a little too perfectly), and the book's hopeful ending points toward society's eventual recovery from the effects of the Spore Wars and the generational conflict it caused. Recommended strictly for hard-core fans of the first book who can overlook this sequel's flaws.—Gretchen Kolderup, New York Public Library

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