Published March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER
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. . . .
In the beginning, I was sure I would love Starters. By the middle, I wasn't so sure. And by the end, I knew I had to read the next book as soon as possible.
Starters is a unique sci-fi in the fact that it's almost easy to imagine that it's our world. There are so many similarities between their world and ours, and yet you know it's different. I wish that world in this novel had been developed a little more - there's still so much to learn about it and how it came to be - but there's plenty of other things that fill up the novel.
When I wasn't going, "WHAT?" I was trying to stay one step ahead of everyone Callie tries to figure out. There are quite a few twists thrown into Starters, and they were ones I never saw coming. There's lots of action and intrigue.
If I really think about it, the subject of Starters is kind of . . . sickening. Not in a way that made me want to stop reading, just in a way that had me wanting to read more. Enders - elderly people, basically, who happen to be over 100 years old - "rent" - or in other words, steal - the life of a desperate teenager just so they can feel young again. It's definitely a new idea to me.
Callie, the main character and narrator, is, to put it simply, awesome. She's willing to go to any lengths to protect her family. Because her feelings come through so clearly, she's very easy to relate to. She can be a kick-ass heroine, but there are times when Lissa Price reminds you that Callie is just a human being, a teenage girl trying to save her little brother.
Blake is . . . the romantic interest, I suppose. While the twist at the end involving him is by far the biggest surprise of the entire book, I wish his character had been developed a little more. I couldn't believe the relationship between him and Callie very well, simply because they hardly know each other. I am, however, very intrigued by Blake, and I can't wait to see what happens to him in the next book.
Overall: Admittedly, I spent a lot of time being confused. It seems like Starters skips around a little more than necessary. However, it's a very unique novel with a great idea and an even better narrator. I definitely recommend it to all sci-fi fans. 4 stars.