Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

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. . .

Very interesting plot that fits right into today's world of technology and gaming. The dystopian setting isn't too unique, the protagonist Callie lost her parents in a war and she has a younger brother to take care of.  She's desperate and has to resort to renting her young body to seniors.  The whys and hows of this renting bodies and complications thereof kept me reading.

It's not a bad book, it can really get you thinking about youth and aging.  This book is marketed for "young readers."  I'd suggest it would be better for a bit older readers, maybe young teenagers because of some of the subject matter.

I give this book 3 Bookworms.


  1. I read this aaaaages ago when it first came out and really loved it. I'm looking forward to the next one although I haven't really seen anything about it.

    1. Hi Hanna! I looked the series up, looks like the 2nd book came out last year, it's called Enders. She also has a couple of short stories in the series as well.

      Thanks for stopping by!