Book Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Inkwood Books Staff Pick Blurb:
STARTERS by Lissa Price – “‘Starters’ is a futuristic dystopian novel that centers around Callie Woodland. After Callie lost her parents in the Spore Wars she is forced to go on the run with her little brother, Tyler, and her friend, Michael. In order to help them survive Callie agrees to become a donor for Prime Destinations, an organization that hires teens to rent out their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. When the process malfunctions and Callie wakes up in her renters body she soon discovers their true intentions and they are far worse than anything should could have imagined. Now she must figure out how to stop a murder before it happens. Overall, this was a gripping story from start to finish. I didn’t want to put the book down and can’t wait for the sequel ‘Ender’.”
“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.
Callie soon discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than she could ever have imagined. . . .”
I will admit that I was a little hesitant about reading this book. I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about ‘Starter’. Personally, I enjoyed it. While I love fantasy there is always a fine line when it comes to just enough and too much SciFi and I think that this had the perfect balance – just enough science fiction to make it interesting but not over the top to make it mind-boggling. There was plenty of interesting twists and turns throughout the plot that keep the reader interested and engaged. The sequel ‘Ender’ is already out along with 3 short stories.