Review: Starters by Lissa PriceStarters by Lissa Price
on March 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Format: eBook
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“Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is a terrific series kickoff with a didn't-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats . . .” raves the Los Angeles Times. 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. . . .

Literary Thoughts:

This is just another book in a long list of dystopian, science fiction books that I have read lately. Isn’t it funny how we can get immersed in one genre for weeks? So anyway, I have been wanting to read this one for awhile now and I’m glad I was finally able to get my hands on it, and it did not disappoint!

Callie and her younger brother are street rats, living as orphans because their parents died from an attack of deadly spores. Only elderly and children had been vaccinated, so the population that is left is unique in the fact that you are either really old or young. The newest fad  is to take over the body of a young person and “rent” them for weeks or months at a time, and the young person is paid a large amount of money. This new technology is what seems to be the golden ticket for all the young at heart.

I loved the pace and uniqueness of the story, and I hung on every word as it unfolded. It had mystery, murder and mayhem all wrapped up in a technological package. Technology is so advanced these days, it makes you wonder if some of what was happening in the book could actually happen in real life. I think that is why I’m so caught up in science fiction and dystopian right now. My imagination just runs wild with “what ifs’ all the time, and these types of stories feed into that whole concept.

I’m not going to go into a play by play of what happens because I don’t want to reveal any of the excitement for those of you who have not read the book, but I will say that it does not lack in creativity and excitement, and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the story. My only complaint is that at the end it all gets a little bit too convenient for me, and that is definitely a pet peeve of mine. It annoys me just a bit to watch the characters struggle through a whole book, and then at the end it all gets wrapped up neatly, and it’s just waiting for the next book to begin. The love interest was a stretch for me too. I didn’t really get it and he just happened to be the grandson of a governor, who they needed to help them. Meh. Too convenient.

Overall, the book was great. It kept me invested enough in the story and characters, and I will definitely be reading the next book in the series. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a good science fiction story filled with action and adventure.

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