Genre: Science Fiction
Age: Young Adult, mature Middle Grade
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That phrase, “live vicariously through someone else” really comes to life in this story. Y’all,this one is really neat. It is set in the future, after a great catastrophe eliminated everyone between the ages of 18 and 80. Science has developed to extend the life span to nearly 200 years. Alongside such advancements came the technology to allow the wealthy Enders, with glossy grey hair, to mentally inhabit the bodies of the teenagers, giving them a chance to be young and wild and free for a few nights.
Driven by desperation, young Callie becomes a Starter and shortly finds herself deep in a dangerous plot, with no recollection of how she got there. In the process of getting to the bottom of the twisted scheme, she faces trials of mental strength, courage, identity, and trust, both in herself and those around her. As it is written in in present tense, first person, there is a fantastic sense of mystery and suspense; her emotions raw and honest. Above being just another YA novel, it gives a little window on humanity and morality in a world of “what if…?” Issues surface that go beyond “Oh, does he like me?” and “Shoot the bad guy!!”
On a ratings note, there was romance but nothing past kissing, and that very sweet and not gross. There is very little violence, but tension and conflict are very evident. Language was also not even a thing. Yay for good clean books! I’m can’t wait to get my hands on Enders, the sequel!