Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Estimated Page Count: 335

Release Date: March 13th, 2012 (Today!)

Rating:  3/5


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 want to thank Random House/Random Buzzers for sending me an arc copy of Starters.

The summary of this book is so intriguing that I finished two books just so I could start it sooner. It certainly didn’t disappoint but I can honestly say I have a ton of questions that I really want answered, and I’m hoping with the second book they will be.

I really like the plot’s premise, and the whole idea of renting actual bodies is super creepy and interesting. In fact it makes my skin crawl a bit to think about someone wearing my body like a new suit, even if the money was a fantastic intensive. I do like that concept of a company taking advantage of the desperation of the remaining people, both old and young. As horrible as that sounds it’s kind of one of those believable yet unbelievable concepts that really strike me as a great idea. I did enjoy the whole conspiracy part of this and I enjoyed seeing Callie react to what was thrown at her. Overall I felt the idea to be original because I personally haven’t really seen this idea outside of the horror spectrum and it’s a nice change.

Callie was an interesting character but unfortunately by the end I didn’t really know who exactly she was, the plot doesn’t really leave open much room for expansion on her actual character and I’m hoping that it will in the second one. Micheal and Tyler were also semi glossed over, you get some idea of their connection to one another but the story moves away from them so fast that you never get  chance to see how close they are to Callie. I also didn’t quite understand how Callie related to Blake at all, it moved super fast on her part and I wasn’t sure how exactly it came about. I did however really like The Old Man, I felt his character was the most intriguing and I am super curious about him.

Like I said before I do have a ton of questions now, and I have a feeling that a few will be answered in the next one. I do wish that the whole Spore War thing would have been delved into more, I understand that it’s not really huge in the actual plot other than background but I would have loved to know more about it.

While I wasn’t really drawn in by the characters I did love the plot and concept and I do want to read the second one when it comes out. There was also a moment at the end that practically determined that I’m reading the second one no matter what, because I simply HAVE to know.

As I listed above the release date is today! So Happy Birthday Starters!! Make sure to check it out or read the chapter sampler! I’ll be holding a giveaway for the second ARC copy I have.

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6 Responses to Review: Starters by Lissa Price

  1. Doodle says:

    Great review! I hope book two answers your questions!

  2. Lori M. Lee says:

    Sounds a little like insta-love in terms of the relationship, which I’m vehemently against. Still, the premise DOES sound super interesting. I’m wary now of a lack of character development, but a strong plot can usually sway me.

    Great review!

  3. brendajean says:

    Thanks for a great review! I think the author is smart to leave so many unanswered questions so you just have to read the sequel:)

    Thanks for the giveaway too!

  4. Pingback: Giveaway: ARC of Starters by Lissa Price | In Libris Veritas

  5. I had heard some rave reviews about this book, and your review was wonderful! I think I’m definitely going to have to read it now! Thanks for the awesome review! 🙂

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