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{Review} Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

 

 

 

 

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Overview:

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party—her body will commit murder, if her mind can’t stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first—the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as Enders, who get to be young again. Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It’s a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank’s horrible plan. . . .

Kami Garcia, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels said “Fans of The Hunger Games will love it.”

 

 

 

 

 

My Take on Starters:

What Lissa Price created is nothing short of phenomenal. It took me a while to write this review, only because I had to take a break, sit back and mull over the epic tale that is Starters. You know a book is a gem when you can’t stop thinking about it, decided to re-read it, and then still have to take a moment to collect your thoughts. It’s kind of like Dollhouse with Matrix style action, only it’s the elderly population in cahoots with the government creating havoc and mayhem. Maybe not intentionally, but nonetheless its happening.
 
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It all began when the US was attacked with biological weaponry which initiated the Spore Wars. Everyone except those who were lucky enough to get vaccinated died leaving the population with two distinct groups of people: The elderly population (60 and above) called Enders, and the younger generation (20 and below) called Starters. The Enders, with their beautiful white hair, will do anything to stay young; while the poor disadvantaged Starters, who are mostly homeless/unclaimed children, will do anything for food. Creating such a unique dystopian society was absolutely brilliant. With each passing page readers can get a feel for how wonderful and luxurious life is for Enders, while at the same time you can feel compassion for the helpless Starters who are constantly fighting amongst themselves for basic necessities such as food and shelter. It’s definitely a game of survival of the fittest for these young children, in a world where they are viewed as an abomination.
 
The story is told in the first person perspective of our main character Callie, a 16 year old girl who is both parentless and homeless, and is tasked with trying to protect her young brother who is very ill. I LOVED Callie. She is strong, independent, witty, and not afraid to fight and get her hands dirty.  Over the course of the novel you will see Callie shine. Between finding love, being betrayed, and uncovering the deception, mystery, and true nature of what it means for a Starter to “rent” their body to an Ender, needless to say our main character has her hands full. Or better yet, overflowing.
 
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Because of her brothers’ illness, their lack of a stable home life and food, Callie decides to go to the body bank – Prime Destinations – to become a “rental”. She hopes by the end of the experience she will have earned enough money to provide a decent life for her brother as well as her best friend, Michael. Though her gut reaction was not to follow through with this plan, she ultimately agrees and is later forced to deal with the bizarre consequences once her rental experience goes awry. Not to spoil the plot, because much of the story centers around the reason Callie’s rental is not so cut and dry, let’s just say two head – or better yet two minds – are sometimes better than one.
 
Overall, I loved everything about Starters. Price not only delivered one heck of a page turner, she created something perfectly unique and exquisite.   The character, though some more than others, were well crafted and worth investing your time and energy on. There are several different mysteries going on simultaneously, and its exciting watching Callie uncover what is really happening around her. Starters is a book that I highly recommend, it’s suitable for all ages and has a little bit of something hidden within for everyone. If you haven’t read it, DO IT. And with the jaw clenching cliffhanger, you will probably be screaming at me later. But that’s okay, because I know you will love it!

 

Enders (Starters #2) is expected to release sometime this December.

 

 

 

My Rating

5 out of 5 Controllers

 
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