by Lissa Price

Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: March 13, 2012
by Random House




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. . . .


While certainly not quite perfect, Lisa Price’s debut Starters is surely entertaining and will definitely hold the void as readers anticipate more and more dystopian books in this relative fad; and will not fail to provide you with a few quality hours of entertainment, twists, and turns.

Starters is set in a futuristic Los Angeles where America is destroyed by the Spore Wars – which wiped out everyone between the ages of 20 and 60.

16-year-old Callie’s only hope to save her sick brother is Prime Destinations: a company that allows “Starters” (children under 20) to rent their bodies out to “Enders” (adults over sixty) who want to become young again.

With no other option, Callie rents out her body out to an Ender in exchange for payment to help Tyler. But when the neurochip the surgeons put in Callie’s head malfunctions, and Callie wakes up in the life of her renter, Callie discovers that Prime Destinations is more evil than she could have ever imagined.

The wonderful thing about this book is that nothing is as it seems. There are so many absolutely brilliant twists thrown in (especially at the ending) that will leave you with your jaw dropped.

Callie is a wonderful protagonist. She is brave, kind, and determined and never gives up – I really even when she knew that everything was stacked up against her. She doesn’t give up, and fights for what she believes in.

If I had even the tiniest complaint about Starters, it would definitely be about the world-building. The backstory here – especially about the Spore Wars – is not necessarily the most intricate, and I also had some questions about life outside the US during this war and how it impacted other countries.

Starters is amazing and fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games are going to devour it. You won’t be disappointed by Lissa Price’s brilliant debut!


1 thought on “"Starters"

  1. What a great review. I noticed you gave it 41/2 stars a super rating, for a super book. The author also received many wonderful comments from around the world about the novel. Thanks for the review and perhaps I should show some interest in seeing what you saw in the book.

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