Starters - Lissa Price
HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER.
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 ...
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*Thank you, Random House*
At the risk of sounding completely teen-like, this book was so cool! I loved it. It is a post-apocalyptic novel showing the lives of the teenagers Callie and Michael along with Callie's younger brother Tyler following the Spore Wars. Similar to many young adult novels, the children are orphans and must struggle to survive in this new world. Enders (older folk, i.e. the retired) have complete control and many of the Starters must live on the street until they are of legal age to work. Things get more sinister as we learn of Prime Destination, a place where the bodies of Starters are rented out to the Enders so that they can live in a younger body. With Callie's chip malfunctioning, things begin to get complicated from there on.
It was such an exciting and enticing book! Full of action, suspense and mystery, I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen with the variety of characters. The world building was great, it sucked you straight into the heart of the novel and it was a rude awakening when I put the book down. I'm really looking forward to Enders! Starters is full of twists and turns, with every chapter drawing you further into this dark world. The thing I love about really well-written and developed dystopias is that I never get bored of them, and this is certainly one of them. It reminded me in parts of Madeline Ashby's vN, another book that I really enjoyed.
Callie was an incredibly likeable character. I really just wanted everything to work out for her. I'm looking forward to finding out more about her and her past. It would be great to hear more from little Tyler too. Both such lovable characters, I loved how strong and maternal Callie was to her younger brother, and it was great seeing her efforts appreciated. She is such an incredibly kick-ass figure, she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty and was definitely ready to protect all those that she cared about. Her struggles seem so realistic, it really made me feel for her with all of her adventures and struggles.
This was a really great book. The only reason for the 4* is that the very first chapter had me a little worried. I was also a little unsure about certain aspects of one of the final few chapters. Other than that I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read the next one in the series :).