15 March 2012

Starters - Lissa Price

  • Reading level: Ages 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385742371
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385742375


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. . . .



For fans of 'The Hunger Games', 'Starters' should be the next big thing.  I actually read 'Starters' before reading 'The Hunger Games' and it's because of 'Starters' that I even read that other trilogy (yes, this book is that good,  It is sooo good that when I read that other reviewers were comparing it 'The Hunger Games' I finally caved and read the books).   I am a huge fan of YA Fiction and and I should mention that some of the best writing is being done for this genre.  Lissa Price will inevitably prove herself to be an author to watch out for if this debut novel is any indication of her talent and imagination.  Romance, intrigue, mystery...it's all in here and if there is one thing that I love more than a dystopian story it is one that is part of a series.  Look for book two 'Enders' to be released 04 December 2012.  Just in time for my birthday. Yeah!


lissaLissa Price has studied photography and writing, but the world has turned out to be her greatest teacher. She has walked with elephants in Botswana, swum with penguins in the Galápagos, and stood on a field at sunset amid a thousand nomads in Gujarat, India. She has been surrounded by hundreds of snorting Cape buffalo in South Africa and held an almost silent chorus with a hundred wild porpoises off the coast of Oahu. She has danced in mud huts at village weddings in India and had tea with the most famous living socialite in Kyoto. When she sat down to write, she found that the most surprising journeys were still inside her mind. She lives in the foothills of southern California with her husband and the occasional deer. Visit her at LissaPrice.com


* I received an advance copy from the publisher for purposes of review. I was in no way obligated to write a review much less a favorable one. The opinions stated herein are all my own.


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