Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael--teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations--Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body band destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life--but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too...and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body?
No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.
3/5 stars (liked it)
This book continues right after the last one. I found Callie to be a little whinny in this. I realize she's been through a lot but that should have made her a stronger person and she just seemed to have gotten weaker. I would have liked to see more of Michael and learned a little more from him. I thought the ending just wrapped everything up too quickly and things were conveniently explained. Although the Old Man was a surprise, even he was conveniently taken care of. Overall it was a good conclusion.