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. . .
I’m going to be honest and say that if I walked by Starters in the bookstore I wouldn’t give it any thought. Except maybe something not nice about the cover. I would’ve never considered reading it if it weren’t for all the praise around the blogosphere. I am so, so glad that I listened.
Starters by Lissa Price is one of the most original and intriguing concepts I’ve read in a long time. Not to mention that the pace is extraordinarily well done and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Plus, it’s filled with fascinating, likable characters.
Callie, the main character, was very fleshed out. She was strong and did what she had to do to take care of her brother. I liked her from the very first page. I never felt like she was making bad decisions just so that the plot could move along, like with so many other books and I really enjoyed that. I really liked Meredith, Michael, and Blake as well. I loved the fact that the romance was there but not a huge element of the story. It was refreshing.
The idea of old people renting out young people’s bodies is absolutely creepy and fantastic. This is sci-fi for readers that don’t like sci-fi. The world wasn’t as developed as I was expecting, but I have a feeling we will learn more about that in later books.
I can’t say much more about Starters without giving away anything, but I highly recommend it. It’s addictive and filled with twists and turns that you won’t see coming. You won’t be able to put it down.