Title: Starters (Starters, #1)
Author: Lissa Price
Pages: 336, Paperback
Publisher: Delacorte Press
You can’t get them out of your head.
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.
Callie soon discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than she could ever have imagined.
I’ve been meaning to read this one for so long now and I’m pretty happy that I’ve finally picked it up (Thanks to the book signing event which will happen next month). Honestly, the book is so action-packed and truly “a bona fide page-turner”.
Callie’s parents was wiped out because of the Spore Wars, along with the others aged between twenty to sixty. Now, she’s living with her seven-year old brother, Tyler, and her friend, Michael as squatters. Looking for ways to survive, Callie desperately goes to Prime Destinations— a place run by The Old Man, where they hire teens to have their bodies rented out by Enders or senior citizens who wants to experience the joys of being young again. Callie signs up for the program but the neurochip installed in her brain had certain malfunctions which caused her life to change. Soon after, she discovers that there’s more behind Prime Destinations than it’s pretty enticing facade.
The concept of this book is freaking amazing. Honestly, I’ve never read anything like it. I’m a fan of dystopian fics and I’m very proud to say that this is one of the best dystopian books that I have read.
I loved how the book immediately switched to action mode. The thing about Prime Destinations is that it’s very intriguing and it’s one of those things that you know you’re not going to fall for their game play.
Callie is a very likeable character. She’s a strong one, a fighter. I love her willpower, her courage and her integrity. Tyler is pretty adorable and smart for a boy of his age. I liked Michael too. He’s a great friend to Callie and Tyler. The other teens in the story are either legit teens or renters so mostly I had doubts about their characters, especially with Blake. I really really liked Sara. I’m so sad because of what happened to her character. The mystery around The Old Man was really intriguing and I so did not see that one twist coming. It was written so well.
Overall, the book was really enjoyable and thrilling. It’s full of action and a bit of a romance which balances out the “dark” side of the book.
I’m so excited to buy and read the second one! I’m also thinking about attending Lissa’s book signing, together with Jennifer E. Smith, next month.
ABOUT LISSA PRICE
Lissa Price’s debut novel STARTERS is an award-winning, international bestseller published in over thirty countries. Dean Koontz called this YA futuristic thriller “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” The LA Times said it is “Dystopian science-fiction at its best,” and “Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to ‘The Hunger Games’ will find it here.”
STARTERS was a Barnes & Noble pick of the month and one of only four debuts on the B&N Best Teen Books of 2012. It was awarded the its Eselsohr for Best YA Book in 2012, selected by a jury of teens in Germany, and was chosen as a top ten favorite book of 2012 by both French and German readers. It won the Crimezone Award for Best YA Thriller and is one of the LAPL’s and Chicago Public Library’s Best Teen Books of 2012.
Starters was chosen for the IRA Reading List and is the only book nominated for both the Florida Teens Read List and the SSYRA Middle School List 2013-14.
In Germany, Starters launched a brand-new YA imprint of the established Piper Verlag publisher called IVI. Audiobooks have been recorded in English and German.