*Review* Starters – Lissa Price


Lissa Price

352 pages

ISBN: 9780385742375

Read 9-1-12

Format: Audiobook

Source: Library

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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!


Filed under 4.5 Stars, Audiobook, Dystopian, Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult

4 responses to “*Review* Starters – Lissa Price

  1. So glad you liked this. This is definitely one that I look forward to seeing continue. Callie was great. Great review…


  2. I have yet to read this, but still really want to! The idea is really creepy and original.

  3. I borrowed this one ages ago but still haven’t read it. I’m so happy to hear that you mostly enjoyed it, maybe it’ll help me push it up that massive TBR and get it read sooner!

  4. Great review! I’m definitely leaning more towards reading this. The fact that people keep saying it’s creepy. That’s intriguing. And the whole premise is so amazing! I don’t know if you’ve read Shade’s Children by Garth Nix, but all of the older people disappeared. The only similarity as far as I can tell, but I was just reminded of that. Loving this cover and it sounds so fascinating. I will have to add this to my TBR pile and give it a try eventually since you said there is plenty of action and twists.

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