Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Mystery
Subject: Body Swapping, Family
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release date: March 2012
Length: 352 pages
I got this book: borrowed it from the library

From 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. . ."

Personal opinion:
I wouldn't have picked up this book based on it's cover, because the cover kind of creeps me out. But the story sounded interesting enough for a good read. It kind of reminded me of the television series Dollhouse, which I enjoyed watching. Callie is a likable character. She is smart and determined to do what she thinks is right. I liked the action in the book, the twists in the story and how Callie handles everything she get thrown at her. There is also a romance going on, but none of it was sappy and unlike a lot of romance elements that are often just thrown in for the heck of it, I found that this actually added something to the story. The book is a refreshing read, not that predictable and I am curious how the story will continue.

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