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Starters by Lissa Price

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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. . . .

Goodreads Summary

Could you imagine living in a world where everyone between 20-60 are dead?  Callie is trying to support her younger brother with the help of their friend Michael, unfortunately, all people under the age of 19 are not considered citizens and have no rights.  They are not allowed to work, own a house, etc.  Out of desperation, Callie turns to a corporation that rents the bodies of teens to the elderly population.  The mind of the renter controls the teen’s body and the teen’s mind is asleep during the rent.  On her third shift, something goes wrong however and Callie comes to consciousness.  What is happening to Callie?

      This book was a great read.  It was hard to put down because I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.  Callie is very capable and dedicated to her family.  She is a fun, admirable character.  This book was written with twists and turns that made sense and left the reader trying to decipher situations and occurrences.  Starters is a good book for teens and any fans of science fiction.   

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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  1. So agree with your review. I loved this.

  1. Great review, I really love the cover for Starters, it's just so unique. Thanks for the review and awesome blog.

  1. Krista said...:

    I just won this book so I'm really excited to read it! It sounds so awesome! Everyone between 20-60 is dead? Wow, that's pretty interesting. Great review!

  1. Anonymous said...:

    This book sounds good. It has been on my TBR list for a while. I can't wait to get to it. Thanks for the review.

  1. Great review :D I have this book; but haven't read it yet :\ I really want to, though. Because it sounds so good :D Pretty sure I will love the plot. :) Just unsure about the writing :\ I'm picky like that, hih. :) Anyway! Glad you loved it :D

  1. Rebecca Hipworth said...:

    Thank you for the review. I've been unsure whether to read this or not because some people love it, whereas others don't. :/ I'm sure I'll give it a try though! :)

  1. Sonia said...:

    I guess this book will be easy to relate to as we are now dealing with ageing population. Yet, I find renting the bodies of teens to elderly population terrifying. Looking forward to seeing what happens with Callie. :-)

  1. Tanya said...:

    I just won a copy of this book and can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review. I find the concept a little strange. but will have to read it to see how it goes.

  1. I've been curious about this book, but I wasn't sure if I wanted to read it or not. I may have to check it out from the library the next time I'm there, though, based on your review!

  1. I like this book, with the exception of one thing.... I hated that she basically turned away from her best friend, who loved her so much. That ticked me off. I am however looking forward to reading Enders!