May 30, 2012

Starters(Starters #1) by Lissa Price

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 Thoughts/Review:

I liked the character of Callie, but her story is one that I found a tad bit unbelievable. It's ok, all the best dystopians are. Unbelievable, because it has yet to happen. It was a very interesting story in the way that it was told, because all the Starters had to be perfect. Imagine this: All of the people over 18 and under 65 were wiped out in the spore wars, so rich Enders are paying to take over the body of a Starter. They're using these kids bodies for their own means. They're skydiving, car racing, and endangering some poor teenage kid's body.

Can you imagine how much it would suck to be a starter? Hey, some old person's gonna rent my body for as long as they wish, and I'm gonna paid for it. It's okay though, because I need the money. Scary. But it happens, in this world that Price has created. I thought it was awful hows these kids were being used, then she went and made it even scarier. She added politics, and evil plans involving some people that are pretty high up in the system. I never, ever saw it coming.

Callie's character interests me, because she wasn't afraid to go under the knife, and become perfect, so she could get paid. She needed to get paid because her brother needed the money for medical reasons. How many people can say that they would do that to save their brother? Not many, I'd bet. So, to end this about Callie, I'd say that she was pretty kick-ass.

I don't really understand why Michael was a character, because he didn't get very much development, or really any time at all, compared to the other characters. I wish that there was more of him, because I quite liked him when he was around. So, all in all, I'd say that I enjoyed it, and that I'll be reading Enders.

Favorite Quote:
One moment, his face was that of a popular star from the turn of the century, the next it was that of a poet from decades ago, or some unknown man. Because it was three-dimensional, its effect was eerie, not silly like a flat costume mask, but not so smooth that it could pass for a real face. It was something in between, artificial but captivating.


  1. Sounds a bit like 'The Host' by Stephanie Meyer.. there are people taking over others bodies in there too...

    1. I've never read 'The Host' is it good?

  2. Interesting book. Hi! GOt here from Goodreads. Following you! :)

  3. I really enjoyed Starters for the most part of it. The ending raised enough curiosity in me to where I know for a fact I will be picking up the next book in the series. Great Review!

    1. I did too. Curiosity killed the cat, but I definitely want to know what happens. ;)
      Thanks! :)