Friday, February 21, 2014
Starters by Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Author Info: Goodreads, Website, & Twitter
Pages: 352 pages
Buy it Here: Amazon
Our Rating: 4 1/2 stars
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. . .
Let me just start by saying I have no idea why I didn't pick this book up sooner. It was so different from what I was expecting! I was expecting something like the movie The Host (which I hated & no, I haven't read the book) & I was very relieved to find that this book was very different! Callie was an amazingly strong, dynamic character who will do anything for her little brother, a trait I could relate to. The work that is done at Prime Destinations seemed too good to be true from the very beginning & I suspected their goal from the very beginning. One thing that I was not expecting was how Callie's chip malfunctions...I was expecting it to malfunction, however I was not expecting Callie to be able to communicate with her "renter".
Once Callie figures out what Prime Destinations really intends to do she is determined to fight it. I love all the people that come together to help her accomplish this goal & how they actually treat her like she has some value (so vastly different from how the other unclaimed minors are treated by most of society). I thought it would all be over once they seemed to destroy Prime Destinations but it really just left you hungry for Enders, the second book in the series, which I am about to start!