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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Published by: Random House
Released on: March 13th, 2012
Source: ARC from publisher to review
4 stars: I Enjoyed It!
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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. . . -quoted from Goodreads

Lissa Price's Starters is a dystopian packed full of exciting twists, mystery and plenty of suspense. Living in a post war world, Callie and her young brother Tyler are orphaned and on their own. Wanting to make the most for her brother, Callie decides to donate her body to an organization that "specializes" in allowing the elderly to host a young teen body for a certain period of time. In Callie's world the elderly live to be well past one hundred. Sounds freaky doesn't it? Yeah it kind of is, especially after what Callie ends up dealing with, but the money is too good to pass up.

Callie for me is a very intriguing character. Her strong solid voice, independence and fierce protectiveness of her brother really impacted me. She's someone I grew to admire, because I sympathized with her, and understand her motives for doing what she does. I couldn't blame her, as I would have done the same thing if I was in her situation. Being able to relate to her made it easy for me to cheer her on through out her confusing ordeal. Callie is one tough, incredibly smart character! I loved that she's someone who was able to think on her toes and didn't just act without having a plan of action.

Wow, this book is loaded with twists and secrets! These alone kept the me reading this fast paced, engaging story. I had to find the answers right alone side Callie. Though there were parts of the book that left me scratching my head over some sketchy details, I didn't stop too long to dwell on them, because once on twist is figured out Lissa threw me into another and I couldn't stop reading. It wasn't until the end when I sat there trying to piece together everything that was revealed at the end did I realize some questions were still left unanswered. That only fuels my excitement to read the sequel!

STARTERS is a captivating dystopian set in an original world that's both imaginative, and intriguing. It's a story that once you start it, you won't be able to put it down until you're able to uncover the truth about what's really going on. Even then, you'll be surprised when you find out what Callie uncovers. That ending left me wanting more! I'm looking forward to reading ENDERS when it's out this Winter.


  1. This sounds like a really unique dystopian. Can't wait to read it.

    1. It really is. It wasn't what I was excepting at all. It's good!

  2. Hmmm intruiging cover. I loved dystopians, I really need to read this one sometime. Cool trailer too. Thanks for the great review :D

  3. Ugh, this creepiness factor of the oldies stealing the young ones' bodies. Don't think I can take it. But your review has tempted me to abandon my wariness.


    1. It is creepy, but the story itself is totally fascinating.