Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

Starters (Starters, #1)

368 pages
Published March 13th 2012
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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. . .    
This Book Contains: Death, Abuse, Violence, Romance and Deception.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this debut novel by what looks to be a very promising novelist.  I was very impressed with Callies character and her desire to protect her brother in a society that feels that the unclaimed children are a problem best dealt with by locking them away.  I loved her determination to take care of him and by doing so she had to put herself in harm’s way.  This book is so much more than a dystopian or science fiction novel.  This book has depth and a lot of insight into the human soul.  It questions ones mortality and what lengths  one would go to in order to extend ones life?   Also, it asks how far should science be allowed to go.   All these things made this book not only  a thought-provoking read  but also one of the most enjoyable I have read in a long time.  There is so many twist to this book that I felt that I was never going to get to the truth.  Although the book does leave you on the edge of your seat to the very end,  you do feel as though you get some closure to the first novel.   I loved the ending and I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.

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