Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Review of: Starters by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters and Enders, #1)
Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Published By: Delacorte Press
Released: 2012
Summary: One year after the spore wars, The United States as we know it has been forever altered. Only the young up to age 15 and the very old received vaccination against the deadly spores, and only they survived. Unclaimed minors struggle to survive and the old are living much longer. Instead of a loving and caring society, kids or starters are constantly on the run, avoiding marshals, the institutions, and slave labor. Callie, as an unclaimed minor with a sick younger brother needs to make money. She hears from a friend about Prime Destinations, a place where Starters can rent out their bodies to Enders. What starts out as easy money quickly morphs into a situation of life and death. Callie must figure out who to trust and how to survive.
My Thoughts: What a great story. It really felt like a movie playing in my head. It was an awesome mash up of different genres, like science fiction, dystopian, mystery, and action. Just very fun reading.
The whole world building and set up was very intriguing. Kids having to fend for themselves and the Enders not really caring. The whole institutions and slave labor for kids was just scary.
I really liked Callie. She did what she had to do. She was like a little action hero and I really enjoyed her story. I didn't enjoy the love triangle. I understood why it was there, but it didn't feel real. I think parts of it were a little under developed.
The whole science fiction part of the book was really interesting. All the computers and chips and just the idea of another brain/conscience controlling another person's body.
A definite must read for Young Adult Readers. I'm really interested to see where the sequel goes with the story. Who really is The Old Man and will Callie and Tyler stay safe.
Riveting Reading! Should be a movie.

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