March 9, 2012

Review of Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa Price
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
More info from Random House Canada


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. . . .

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As soon as I saw Starters being compared to Hunger Games, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy.  This book was amazing!  I locked myself in my room (kinda sorta) and read, read, read.  Under a day was all it took for me to finish this book of awesome! So far, of the 2012 books I’ve read thus far, Starters is one that I would absolutely LOVE to see made into a WELL DONE movie.  Notice the “well done” part.  You know what I’m sayin’…

I was instantly swept up into this world created by the extremely talented Lissa Price.  Her world building and character development were done to perfection.  Main character, Callie, is exactly what I would want for a protagonist.  Clever, cunning, smart, self-reliant, brave, devoted…I totally loved reading about her.  Price has breathed so much life into her characters that any reader will find themselves completely engrossed with this unique and well planned out book.  Not only was Callie wonderfully written, but the other characters that encompassed the book were also written with so much personality.
What I loved so much about Starters was Callie’s determination and sacrifices made all for her little brother, Tyler.  Price wrote in just the right amount of emotion that readers are always aware of the reasons Callie does what she does, but does not overdo it that readers won’t be able to get past it and think of the other aspects of the book.  Add in the multiple plot twists and turns that hadme gasping and “bug eyeing” at the pages, Starters is seriously an epic story that needed to be told.  When I first started, I thought I had all the twists pre-determined and that this would be a predictable story.  Yah, I was so wrong!  “A twist that I thought would be so obvious didn’t happen, but a completely different twist happened instead” seemed to be theme for me during this addictive journey.
I have to agree with one of my fellow bloggers that Starters was a little reminiscent of The Host by Stephanie Meyers BUT where The Host had me feeling mostly sad throughout the whole book, Starters had me feeling anxious and had me on the edge of my seat for pretty much the entire read.  Jam packed with action and excitement, there is something for everyone in Starters.  What Starters really reminded me of was a little show called “Dollhouse” staring Eliza Dushku.  In this show, there are people who volunteer their lives to the “Dollhouse” where their memories are wiped, and people pay the organization money to rent out these bodies and have the personalities of their choosing imprinted into the brains of these “dolls”, and spend time with them (whatever it may be…assassin, deceased wife, a crush, etc.)  Suffice it to say, fans of The Host,Dollhouse, or Hunger Games will fall over heels in love with this book!  I cannot wait for Enders, book 2, to come out, with an expected release date of December, 2012.  Ohhhh the wait!


  1. Megan

    Thanks for the review. This one is definitely on my list of books to be reviewed!

  2. Von @ Mr. Book Wonder

    Yay! I knew you would love it! I have to to agree with that WELL DONE movie!

    Von – Mr. Book Wonder

  3. Emmy

    I LOVED this book!! So glad to see you liked it to! Can't wait to get more of The Old Man in Enders!

  4. hebah abdelqader

    Currently reading it! And I agree with everything you said! The comparison to The Host was dead on and Doll House was one of my favorite shows too bad it's been cancelled! great review.


  5. Rosie Bacon

    I love The Host! I'm very excited about Starters! It sounds really interesting. I feel like I'm gonna love this book, too.

  6. FABR Steph

    I was anxious and at the edge of my seat when I read Starters too. I loved it!
    I enjoyed reading your review.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  7. Andrea @ Cozy Up

    I know exactly what you mean about the twist! I did not see that coming at all. There were a few things though that I was a little meh about, like the whole romance aspect. But all in all I definitely enjoyed this book. Great review!

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