Author: Lissa Price
Date Published: July 23rd 2013
Summary (from Goodreads)
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 am sooooo glad I picked up this series. It's so exciting and such a page turner! Starters is an action-packed book that's a great mix of Maximum Ride and The Hunger Games. The world painted by Lissa Price is vividly futuristic. The beginning of the story was a bit of a drag for me, but I guess it was just a catapult to all the action that happened in the future pages.
The main character, Callie, joins a body bank that uses some very futuristic technology that allows rich Enders to rent a young Starter body. The whole process at first seemed a little light but as the story progressed I could feel it starting to become bigger than just Callie and her gang. The more chapters I've read, the more questions popped up. The whole array of characters were adequately described and used throughout the story and the whole "possession" thing wasn't so confusing. It was actually fun to guess who might be inside a Starter's body.
There wasn't so much background to the Spore Wars in the first book, but it was enough to keep the story anchored to the ground. I was very excited that I ripped open the second book in the series and start reading immediately. Lissa Price is a talented and imaginative storyteller. The quote from Dean Koontz was enough to draw me in and I wasn't wrong. This series is a must-watch.