Publisher: Delecorte Press
Release Date: March 13, 2012
ARC: 368 pages
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Read it in: 5 days
Source: Random Buzzers
Challenge: Debut Author, Dystopian
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HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVERI have to admit, this was one of those books that I saw and thought sounded pretty interesting, but I wasn't going all crazy wanting it. I told myself I could wait and if I saw it in the library someday, I'd read it. Then it came in the mail as my book for the Ambuzzador program for Random Buzzers. When I opened it and saw it, I was a little disappointed.
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 tried to get really excited about it, but I couldn't. Until I started reading it! It sucked me in and I couldn't stop. If I would of had more reading time, I probably would of finished it in a day, two tops. I wanted to keep reading it and reading it.
Every time a chapter ended and I had to put it down to go to bed or do something else other than reading, I kept wondering what was going to happen to Callie next. What would Helena do next? At first, I was wondering what kind of crazy Helena was on, but then as Callie--and I--got to know her, I really started to like her.
The characters in this book were so interesting, even the other "renters" that you would meet for a little bit along the way. I really liked Callie, she did what she had to in order to protect her little brother Tyler. She made a grown up decision and sucked in her pride and went in to Prime Destinations to be RENTED out to the Ender's who were over a hundred years old and wanted to use her body so they could feel young again and do things they couldn't do as an ender.
The world Price created was very intriguing and very scary. I love Dystopian novels, but so many are coming out nowadays that I'm getting worried that the genre is going to become too overdone and each new dystopian novel you pick up is going to have something in it that has already been used. And that scares me. But I can definitely say that this was not the case with Starters.
I mean, can you just imagine it? A world where everyone from 20 to 60 is just gone. POOF! Ceases to exist? And all that's left is the Starters, who are ages 19 and below, and then the Enders who are 60 to, like, 200! I really like the way that got this idea started in her head as well, all over the flu shot crisis a couple of years back.
Overall, this was a great dystopian. A great debut, and kept me completely intrigued until the last age. And you know, it doesn't even stop there, I'm intrigued on what is going to happen in the sequel. I really wish that it came out, like, right now. If you love Dystopian, I definitely recommend it. Heck, even if you don't like Dystopian at least give it a try. It could surprise you!
The second book in the series is called Enders. It is expected to be published on December 12, 2012.