15 March 2014

Enders

Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters #1
Rating: 3 / 5 stars
Verdict: Borrow

The world Price created in Starters was original and slightly (or more than slightly) terrifying.  A world where Starters don't control their own minds or bodies; where a corporation can implant Metal into your head and speak into your mind, control your body, give your body to someone else.  Sure, in a dysopian, the money might be nice but the implications of that kind of technology are frightening.

Callie is on a mission to fight that system.  After defeating (somewhat) the Old Man that developed it, she is determined to rid herself of the Old Man's voice as she now finds herself sharing her mind with it at a frequency that he - not she - can solely control.  Not only that, but she finds herself as one of the few that can stand a fighting chance to prevent the Old Man and his company from experimenting on the other Starters to figure out while Callie is the only one of her kind.

While the plot continues to be interesting in Enders, the series continues to suffer from its writing.  The telling of this interesting tale is highly lackluster, which takes almost all of the excitement out of the reading.  Towards the end of the novel, I found myself content to reading/skimming it while I watched television.

Without wanting to give away an spoilers, there is an event about 45% of the way through that is a truly dramatic and terrifying experience.  Any normal person would give pause, suffer from shock, even grieve a little.  Yet Price's narration through Callie's telling breezes past the entire ordeal as if nothing has happened!  This type of oversight made it very difficult to sympathize with the characters or connect with them on any real level, so by the time you reach the twist near the end of the novel, while it may come as a shock it doesn't leave much of an impact.

The story leaves off with the potential of another novel, but while the novelty of Starters left you wanting more, Enders drags the novelty through the mud a bit with its writing to the point where I'm not sure I'll continue the series anymore, what with my reading list as extensive as it is.

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