3 Apr 2012

Book Review - Starters by Lissa Price


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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My Review:   10 out of 10

For the video review, please see the bottom of this post....

OMG.....    This story completely blew me away.  First off, I have to say that the cover is absolutely amazing.  Its pretty and creepy at the same time.  Alluring but slightly frightening.

This story is original right down to the core for me.  This is the first time I have read something that has the idea of renting out your body to another human being.  Basically, its for people who are older in life but young in spirit and want to relive their youth.  The only way they can do this is by, what it seems like to me, trading souls for an amount of days. 

For Callie, she has come to the end of the line.  With a brother to take care of and no parents or grandparents around, she is tired of having to live on the run.  For the amount of money that Prime Destinations offers, Callie figures that she will be in and out in no time and will have plenty of cash to set her and her brother up with somewhere to stay and, most importantly safety and security.  Unfortunately for Callie, things are not going to go according to her plan.  

As part of the contract with Prime Destinations, she has to take part in three 'donations'.  The first two go without a hitch but the third one goes wrong.  She wakes up in her own body in a club with no knowledge of how she got there and what is happening.  From then on, she has moment where she is back in her own body and there moments where the Elder who has rented her body comes back to take control.  

Also, you have the added mystery of the Old Man who runs Prime Destinations.  No one seems to know who he is.  I have to admit that about three quarters of the way through I did figure out who it was but that certainly did not make the last half of the book any less AMAZING....   

Best wishes

Debs :-)


danicapage said...

I also loved loved this book. Great review!