Book Review: Starters

Book Review: StartersStarters by Lissa Price
Series: Starters #1
Published by Delacorte Books on March 13th 2012
Pages: 368
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HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

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. . . .

I really don't mean to… but I am on another dystopian kick. No matter what I do, these type of books always find me… or I find them. I was drawn instantly to Starters because of the cover. It is striking in its starkness and simplicity. I just had to know more.
 
Starters is hands down one of the most original dystopians that I have ever read. While other dystopians seem to repeat the same ideas over and over again, each falling into the same trappings, Starters goes for the jugular and introduces one of the most successful multi-dimensional dystopians to date.
 
The beauty of Starters is that it is not simply a dystopian nor is it simply a mystery nor does it get so caught up in the love triangle that it fails to produce anything else worth remembering. Nope… not Starters. Instead, it takes pieces of all of these elements, twists them together to create a read that will leave you breathless for more.
 
Callie, Blake, Tyler, Michael… Sara, these characters will steal your heart. Each adds a bit to the bigger picture and illustrates how far people will go for their family… for their youth… for what they believe is really important. I loved Callie from the get go. Her strength. Her loyalty to her brother, Tyler and the makeshift family that she now has. Blake was incredible. His twist, at the end, I never, ever saw coming. It was a huge blow to everything. And I ate it all up.
 
Final Verdict:
 
It is rare that I find a book that actually lives up to all the hype that I have heard about it. But Starters did. Incredible premise. Characters that will steal your heart. Plenty of elements all blending together to make one outstanding read. There is a little bit of a cliffhanger ending. And while I sometimes hate cliffhangers, this one only made me want book two that much more. Lissa Price is an incredibly gift author. You will want to read Starters.

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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6 responses to “Book Review: Starters

  1. Christina Kit.

    I’m so happy this one really wow-ed you!

    I agree, it’s one of the most original concepts ever, and it’s great that it was well-balanced with character development and important themes and a fast plot.

    I can’t wait to read it now!! Thanks so much for this awesome review (and how great is it that the romance is done so well1)

  2. Krista

    Great review, I’m glad you liked it and it lived up to the hype! I really want to read this. It looks sooo good! And it’s movie rights are up for auction in Hollywood right now! How exciting 🙂

  3. I read this last week and loved it. I’ve been a bit disenchanted with books like this lately, but Starters really is amazing.

    I could have done without the cliffhanger-y bit because it was kind of predictable, but I thought the whole Blake thing was great 🙂

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