Monday, October 14, 2013

A Provocative Beginning: Starters - Lissa Price

Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)Starters by Lissa Price
Date Released: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers

Pages: 352 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Won @ Doodle's Book Blog
Rating: Loved
Series: (Starters and Enders #1) 


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. . . . 

From Goodreads

Starters by Lissa Price was one of the best dystopians I read in 2013 and I read a good amount. What makes Starters stand out in all the dystopians I read this year was how face paced it was, how fresh its ideas were, and all the characters were memorable. But behind the actions scenes, heart pounding secrets there was a message about using bodies to rent in the future. In addition, you get a kick ass characters, Callie, perfectly paced action scenes, and an ending that makes you wonder about the future. 

I loved Callie right from the beginning! She had this fighter instinct in her because she and her brother lost their parents, don't have any money, and she is doing all she can do survive. Her only hope is using her body to get money from Renters in the Prime Destinations. As Callie makes the choice she is also struggling with herself inside and the body of the renter. Lissa Price definitely did her concept of teen bodies justice! All the choices Callie had to make and who to trust was such a page turner! I was so anxious to see what she would do and she was such a strong character it made the book impossible to put down! Strong and fierce characters with a moving plot line created one of the best dystopians I read! 

Another thing I loved was the real message behind it and Lissa Price shows how true evil in people is real. She got her message across and I'm so excited to see how the second book picks up from the first. I hope we do see some answers because Lissa Price will leave you hanging with some questions you want to find out. One thing that definitely could have been done in Starters was having those scenes where Callie could have questioned what she was doing at time. 

Starters is a promising starter to a great dystopian series. Filled with memorable characters, action, and a deep message, Starters will appeal to every young adult reader and even older audiences! I fully recommend Starters and I'm dying to see what Enders has in store for me!

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. I think the next book is coming out soon!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  2. I remember when this first released I remember wanting to get my hands on it. I still want to read it :) Great review Patrick!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading


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