Thursday, June 7, 2012

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters, #1)Starters
Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: March 13, 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. . . 

Starters was an enjoyable ride. It was intriguing, action-packed, and overall original. 

I usually don't really like this kind technologically advanced world. I just have a hard time picturing this world and such. But I think Price did a good job with this world. I didn't have much trouble picturing it and I didn't feel like it took away from the plot, which in the beginning I thought it might be in danger of. 

And the idea was pretty much original, too. I say 'pretty much' because there were some parts that reminded me of The Host. But Price handled the being in another's body in a unique way. It was intriguing and kept me thinking. 

Callie. I really liked how loyal she was to her brother and her friends. She had been through a lot and was still selfless. She also showed moments of bravery. In the long run I had trouble relating to her. But I liked her personality and as a character. 

Starters wasn't my favorite dystopian novel or dystopian world, but it was still entertaining. I'm intrigued to see where the next book takes us. 

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