Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Random House Children's
Source: Netgalley/ publisher
Format: ebook ARC
Pages: 352
In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party—her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first—the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . 
My review: This was a huge shocker novel. It was a dystopian novel with only one problem but we'll get to that later. There is a mix of everything for everyone.
      First, let's talk about the characters. Callie is our main character. She has a younger brother named Tyler. Callie is only 15 or 16 and has no parents. They were wiped out by the spore wars which you will learn about in this novel. Callie learns about a location called ''Prime Destinations''. She hears that you can earn a lot of money by going there. Michael is Callie's friendlie as referred to in the book. He is the same age as Callie. Describing these characters is very  difficult because it would be super super easy to give away the whole book.
      Next, let's talk about the plot of the story. After Callie discovers Prime Destinations, she then gets more knowledge of renters which are elderly people who go to Prime. Teenagers will go to Prime and basically rent out their bodies and these renters will get to walk around in the teenager's body for however long they purchase it. Callie does this to earn money for a real home for herself and her brother.
       Overall, I thought this book was a very refreshing novel. It is also a debut which is always amazing when an author can write like this. The only down point to this novel was the world building. It did give details about the world but I felt that as a dystopian novel, there should have been a little more. Still I would highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves YA as there is a mix of everything.


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