Books I didn’t love, but you might

You might be wondering about the slightly odd title, but essentially this post is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a series of books that I didn’t love, but you might 🙂

The books:

Starters (book one) and Enders (book two) by Lissa Price

What they’re about:

As Enders is a follow-on to Starters I’ll just give you the synopsis of Starters from Goodreads:

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, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Why I didn’t love them:

  • I found the main character, Callie to be a little…bland at times and I didn’t really buy in to her desire to keep her brother safe
  • Some events were a little too convenient and there was a few times in both books where coincidence seemed to save them
  • Some of the issues seemed to be treated on only a skin-deep level and considering the subject matter I thought it was prime for more in-depth treatment
  • Spoiler based reasons from Enders (highlight to reveal):
    • I hated Hyden. Pointless love interest who’s eventual reveal didn’t really make sense (at least to me) especially as it seemed to be dealt with at the speed of light (sort of “Oh no!” then “trust is dead” to “Meh” to “FEELINGS” in about 30 pages)
    • I also didn’t get his touch-aversion thing, as a plot device it just didn’t work for me at all

Why you might:

  • The premise to this series is genuinely intriguing – a world in which only the old and the young have survived, the rest, the ‘Middles’ killed off during the Spore Wars. As a result the old, the ‘Enders’, have taken control of society and thanks to new technology have taken control of the young, the ‘Starters’ bodies to relieve their youth and have fun
  • The pacing is good, there’s not really a moment where it drags (there were a few places that stretched my suspension of disbelief but on the whole it was good)
  • The world-building is interesting. I actually really liked the set-up of this universe, there are some gaps in it, but generally I liked the updated tech and how both Starters and Enders lived life in this new world
  • Goodreads has an average 4 star rating on both books, so clearly I’m in the minority here on my dislike of these

 

So, have you read Starters and/or Enders? What did you think? Have I gone mad, did I miss something special, or was I right in my original thinking? Let me know your thoughts 🙂

 

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