Video review of Starters. Further book details and a quick review overview is located below the video, if you just want an idea of what I thought about the book.
Starters by Lissa Price
Released: March 13, 2012
Series: Starters Series #1
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Buy it: Book Depository (free shipping)
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. . . .
Starters was a fantastic, original story full of mystery and surprising twists. The world was disturbing, yet fascinating, with so many secrets that have yet to be uncovered. Lissa Price wrote a really captivating story, that keeps you wanting to know more. The pacing was a bit slow at the start, but it definitely picked up with plenty going on by the end.
Callie was a strong female protagonist. She was selfless, loving and extremely caring for her younger brother, which I really admired. The side characters weren't explored in too much depth, though.
The romance didn't take over the already complex story, which was good, however it felt a little underwhelming. The love interest/s weren't anything special, and it would have been nice to see a little more from the romance.
Hopefully Enders, the sequel, with cover more about how society got to that state, or at least why Prime Destinations began their business anyway. I would also love to find out more about the side characters.