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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. . . .
The plot of this book was so interesting, fresh, and creepy. How weird would it be to sell your body, so that an old person could rent it from you and use it to do all the things they are no longer young enough to do. Callie is a desperate Starter who very badly needs money for her sick brother and decides to go to Prime Destinations and sign herself up to rent her body.
I like Callie; she is a very concerned sister and she does what she feels she really needs to do in a world that is so rough for young people, even if it creeps her out. There were some good secondary characters and I really liked Madison (well, at least her renter in her body); she was bright and fun. As for romance, there are sweet parts in it, but it isn’t overly romantic, so don’t be looking for a serious love story here.
This story has a lot of deception and surprises. Some surprises I caught on to and some actually did surprise me. It started off a little slow, but one it got going, it really took off an hardly slowed on the action. The author takes plenty of twists and turns through out the book, which I loved. This story is complex and has several parts to it; Prime Destinations, involvement with the Senator’s son, the malfunctioned chip, her brother, other renters, etc.
As for the narrator, I wasn’t overly impressed. She did ok for the most part, but read really slowly. I don’t care much for dragged out speech and I felt like the run time for the book could have been cut down a bit if she hasn’t talked so slowly. The cover was very eye-catching and I can’t wait to see what is in store for Enders. I like how we get to see both sides of the world for these people, the rich Enders and the poor Starters. The world could be very beautiful or very ugly depending on what end you were on.
Plenty of action, twists and turns, slow narration, ready for more!