Review: STARTERS by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters, #1) 
Lissa Price
368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for YoungReaders
Release Date: March 13th, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: LIKED


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. . .

   Lissa Price is an author to watch. Starters has been getting all the buzz in the Twitterverse, which only made me more eager to pick up the shiny galley I had sitting on my shelves. In a sentence: Starters is action-packed, with a plotline purely unique.

The plot had me all sorts of excited – a way for seniors to rent a teen body?? And though I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, there was still that certain factor I couldn’t shake off – the writing. The writing wasn’t what I would call flowing and beautiful. Some sentences were choppy and short in ways that made me cringe. That being said, I still found Starters captivating.

Sixteen year old Callie lives a life where futures for young, orphaned Starters (anyone under 20) are bleak. Her only reason for living is to protect her brother and make life better for the both of them. Enter Prime Destinations. You fall asleep, they pay you enough money to buy yourself a house. Sort of. What she doesn’t realize is that Prime Destinations is more sinister than she could have imagined. If you thought letting old people use your body was bad, you wouldn’t believe what they have planned.

Callie is strong. Her mind is set on protecting her brother, and there are no limits when it comes to doing her job. While she has her meager flaws, she’s a character we can feel for. Before going in, I was afraid the unique plot would have me baffled and confused – but no. Lissa Price masterfully explains everything without leaving you overwhelmed or turning the book upside down.

Like I said, Starters has been getting the buzz. The sequel, Enders, is expected to release this winter. With good reason. Lissa Price’s debut is intense, action-packed, and a world you’ll want to step into. The second book can’t come soon enough.

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    Must Love Books

    March 12, 2012

    Glad to hear it was good. I'm about to start reading this myself and hadn't ever heard anything about it.

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    Jenna D.

    March 12, 2012

    I am such an advocate for this book and agree with your review 100%! Can't wait for Enders!

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    March 12, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book too! I thought it was creepy and intense. Really great review!!

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    Marmaladelibby (aka Ange)

    March 12, 2012

    You made me want to read this one now! I was waffling and couldn't really decide. Have you seen the movie Gamers? It made me think of that when I first read the description and I think that movie scared me forever so I shied away from it. Now I think I might want to read it. Good review.

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    March 12, 2012

    This one sounds SOOOO good! I think, after I'm done doing my commenting thing, I'm picking up my Kindle so I can read it. YAY!

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    March 13, 2012

    I enjoyed this one as well. The ending was a shocker for me. I can't wait for Enders to see what is in store for Callie.
    Shellie @ Creative Reads

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    Simply Kayla

    March 14, 2012

    I can't wait to read this book, I have it on my Nook and your review has made me want to go read it now!

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    Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog)

    March 16, 2012

    I enjoyed this one too, so much action and potential!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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    March 21, 2012

    Ive have this one on my shelf and have been debating on reading it sooner or later. Thanks for the review!

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    March 23, 2012

    I think I need to read this one because I don't understand the plot. Every time I think I have a handle on it, I read a new review, and I'm confused. Also, the cover is so creepy!

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    March 29, 2012

    I loved Starters! I agree the writing was a times choppy, but the characters and plot more than made up for it! I can;t wait to find out what happens with Callie and the Old Man. There's also going to be 3 short stories released in between the two books that add to the story!

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    Bonnie Regan

    March 31, 2012

    I've been hearing a lot of not so positive things about this book but am still really interested in getting my hands on a copy. Maybe it's the cover… maybe it's the genre (I can't say no to dystopian). Hoping to get my hands on a copy soon! Great review though! :)

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    May 14, 2012

    The book was AWSOME. I loved it. I can't wait to see what happens to Callie. : )

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    August 29, 2012

    Finished the book last night!! Started reading 4 days ago, and can't be bored by it! It is full of actions and surprises so is the ending of the 1st sequel!I'm so curious of how it will end. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT SEQUEL!<3<3

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    October 18, 2012

    I really enjoyed this book. Definitely excited to read the novellas and the sequel :)

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    November 9, 2012

    I need to get my hands on this. Your review is great. I better read this soon so I can be ready for the sequel.

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    November 21, 2012

    I really liked this one! There were some dull parts, but overall it was good book for me. And I got to meet Lissa. She was very sweet and it's one of my favorite book signings I've ever been to.

    Good review! Short and to the point. Thanks for sharing.

    ~ Kristi

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    The Writer in the Background

    February 13, 2013

    I've read this book–I thought it was great!

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    clipping path

    July 31, 2013

    Great job here. I really enjoyed what you had to say. Keep going because you definitely bring a new voice to this subject. Not many people would say what youve said and still make it interesting. Well, at least Im interested. Cant wait to see more of this from you. clipping path

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