Friday, August 3, 2012

Review: Starters (Starters and Enders #1) by Lissa Price

Published Date: March 13 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Pages: 352 (hardover)

Summary: (Goodreads)


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. . . .


I cannot tell if Starters was a good idea or one so bad that it makes you think it's good. This book is honestly like all those other dystopian novels out there. It's filled with poor living conditions and an ultimatum that isn't the most easiest out. Emotionally and physically. The plot, or theme rather, of this book is very likely to happen in our future, jokingly so. Old people who want to take over young people's bodies? I can see that happening in a few weeks let alone a few years after this huge war that seems to always be in every frigging post-apocalyptic novel. 

When I first picked up this book, I thought it was going to be the very copy of both Incarnate by Jodi Meadows and The Host by Stephenie Meyer. Mostly because of the whole soul back and forth thing, but I was wrong. The procedure in this novel is more brain oriented than that of the soul like the books listed above. I can honestly say though, that at some parts I was literally laughing out loud at how close to The Hunger Games this book got, like it was tiptoeing just around the edges of plagiarism. The main female protagonist even had her own team of stylists! Callie wasn't at all at bad lead character, I'll give her that. She has this fierce drive to keep her brother safe and she's willing to do anything to to just that. I have a little brother also so I was able to connect with her on that level. 

All in all, this book wasn't horrible. I'll be reading the sequel. But it also wasn't great either.

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