Goodreads Book Description: 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.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Review: These
days it is hard to write a dystopian YA and have it stand out. Starters
did not have that problem; it was impressive from start to finish.
the first few pages, we are immersed in the dangerous world where
Callie, the protagonist of the book, lives. There has been a horrible
war where the US has fell victim to a terrible biological attack, where
only the elderly and young have been vaccinated. Unsurprisingly, this
leaves the young to fend for themselves. Callie is forced to make some
tough decisions when an offer to rent her young body to an elderly
person for a short time comes across the table. This money could save
her little brother's life.
There are countless strengths of this
novel. The key, however, is Callie. She is a terrific main character;
she is strong, resourceful, intelligent and brave... but at the same
time believable and utterly likeable. She will do anything to take care
of her little brother. Also, this novel begins in the middle-- right in
the center of the action and never lets up all the way through. I blazed
through this book and couldn't put it down. The starkness and clarity
of the prose really came through; it was crisply written. I loved each
of the twists and did not even predict the biggest one. It's hard to do
that with a seasoned YA veteran reader. Furthermore, the other
characters were well developed. Probably my other favorite character was
Madison- I'll leave the reader to discover her. She was an utter gem.
The world that Lissa Price builds is terrible but very believable; while
not entirely unique (which is pretty impossible at this point), she
gave a brand-new spin in her creation of this dystopian society.
And the Old Man. There are several mysteries that I have still lingering in my mind and that will haunt me until December.
a smashing debut in a genre that is very difficult to break into. This
book is in the top 5 books that I have read in the past year, and one
that I believe earns its place along with Pandemonium and Divergent.
Lissa Price will be one to watch.
Note: I just got a signed and personalized copy of this book-- so exciting! Lissa also agreed to host a giveaway sometime soon on my blog so tune in!
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