Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book Review: "Starters" by Lissa Price

Provided Via: Netgalley   Publisher: Delacorte Books   Release Date: 3/13/12

The Scoop (Goodreads):

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. . .

Starters is Lissa Price's debut novel, published by Random House Children's Books, due out March, 2012. The rights have already been sold to over 20 countries. In Germany, Starters launches a brand-new YA imprint of the established Piper Verlag publisher called IVI. Audiobooks have been recorded in English and German.

The official website is where the book trailer can be seen.

From Price's website:

Lissa (pronounced LISS-sa) studied with Caroline Leavitt, Donald Maass and Janet Fitch, and read at the Iowa Summer Workshop. She has lived in Japan and India, but now resides in the Southern California foothills with her husband and the occasional deer.

She’s a member of SCBWI, SFWA, ITW, as well as one of the Apocalypsies, a group of 2012 debut YA and MG authors. In 2012 she joined Beth Revis and the talented gang of five 2011 and five 2012 debut YA dystopian and science fiction authors at The League of Extraordinary Writers .

“Did Cinderella ever consider fessing up to the prince, that night she was enjoying herself in the fancy ball gown? Did she even think of telling him, oh, by the way, Prince, the coach isn’t mine, I’m really a filthy little barefoot servant on borrowed time? No. She took her moment. And then went quietly away after midnight.”

My Take:

I heard many great things about Starters and I couldn't wait to dig in! Well, I can tell you, friends, all of the early buzz was well justified and I wasn't disappointed.

So, once upon a time, in the not-so-distant future, due to biological warfare, everyone between the ages of 20 and 60 is now dead. Adding to the chaos that invariably ensues is the fact that once considered elderly people (Enders) are now living to 200. Therefore, everyone under 20 (Starters) can basically suck it. Unless you have a nice Elder to take you under their wing, you are a menace and a threat.

"Sorry, suckers! It's my time to shine!!!"

Enter our heroine, Callie. She has lost her entire family during the Spore Wars with the exception of her little brother, Tyler. Tyler is sickly and Callie is willing to risk her life to protect him. The two of them have joined up with Michael and, together, the three of them fight of Renegades, avoid Marshalls and dumpster dive for food to survive.

"Get outta my house, you pesky kids!"
Callie discovers a covert opportunity to make enough money to buy her little family a house (and take care of them for a year) in exchange for a few weeks of her life. Prime Destinations is offering her the chance to get off the streets as long as she doesn't mind getting a total makeover and letting an Ender take over her body for a spell. Nothing bad could come of that, right?

Prime Destinations charges double for the One Night in Paris model.

Well, despite her initial reservations, Callie takes the deal (you knew she would) and shenanigans ensue. What follows is a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride. Callie finds herself thrust into a world filled with money, glamour, cute boys, peril, mystery and imposters. I couldn't wait to see what was coming around each twist and turn.

I found Callie to be quite the KAH. She was clever, resourceful and deadly in her undercover role (I could see a Nikita, Dollhouse or Alias situation in her future). I can't wait to see where her adventures take her next. Sign me up for the sequel!

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