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Gr 7 Up-Following the Spore Wars, 16-year-old Callie struggles to carve an existence for herself and her younger brother, Tyler, in a California where everyone between the ages of 20 and 60 has perished. Although many in this near-future society eke out meager, hopeless existences, an elderly, wealthy Beverly Hills population and their grandchildren continue their lavish lifestyles. Medical advances ensure that entitled adults live beyond the century mark, creating a self-absorbed, controlling "Ender"class. Too young to work, Callie is a "Starter" on the run, in constant danger of arrest by the marshals and attack by renegades. Adding to her desperation is Tyler's rare lung disorder, making finding a stable home environment imperative. Unable to legally earn money, Callie registers with Prime Destinations, a clandestine service where Enders can re-experience youth by renting the bodies of teenage Starters via brain implants and computer interfaces. Although Callie's instincts scream danger, several rentals of her body proceed smoothly. But a malfunction during a third rental causes Callie to regain consciousness while being inhabited, immersing her in the lives of the rich and powerful, providing a love interest, and propelling her to the center of the sinister schemes unfolding at Prime Destinations. Lissa Price's intriguing, fast-paced tale (Delacorte, 2012) is enhanced by Rebecca Lowman's flawless voicing of each character and perfect timing. Fans of dystopian novels will be completely engaged and clamoring for the sequel.-Rebecca James, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TNα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
"The only thing better than a terrific concept is one that is as well executed as Starters. Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is terrific series kickoff with a didn't-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats."
— Los Angeles Times
"Built up to a dramatic climax and a stunning twist, Starters is an addictive and alluring tale about human nature's darker side, and how far we'll go to get what we want. Readers everywhere will want to dive right in, and Hunger Games fans especially will find themselves hooked."
"This story of those who are not what they seem twists along with multiple-identity switcheroos and chase scenes worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster . . . The inevitable sequel can’t appear soon enough."
"Constantly rising stakes keep this debut intense."
— Kirkus Reviews
“Newcomer Price launches a dystopian series that offers . . . a notable command of technique . . . Raising questions about class, property, and body/mind separation, Price's thriller features well-crafted tension, believable villains, and moments of stolen sweetness.”
— Publishers Weekly
“This action-packed novel is set in a twisted, hostile world and is a must-read for fans of The Hunger Games and Legend. Fast paced, romantic, and thought provoking, the jaw-dropping ending left us starving for a sequel.”
— Justine Magazine
“Starters is a dystopian read you'll want to snatch up for yourself . . . With its intriguing plot-twists and dash of romance, Lissa's novel is a bona fide pageturner that proves you can't take anything—or anyone—at face value.”
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How long did it take me to finish this book? One week. Was it enjoyable? Yes. Flaws? As well. Read more
This book delivers a healthy dose of mystery, action and dystopian setting. The book flows well; it kept me engaged with its twists and turns that I hadn't seen coming. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bubbles
This is such a good and fast read. I recommend this to any age reader tween and up. Loved it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Most books have a predictable ending and this one didn't! I was very impressed with the story line and the futuristic feelPublished 3 months ago by Kailee
I really enjoyed reading this book. I liked the concept of the plot and it was very well written. Currently I am reading the sequel and also enjoying that just as much. Read morePublished 4 months ago by justine walker
I get to knock another book of my TBR while adding a new one, the second installment, because this book was pretty darn awesome. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JennRenee
Several reviewers have compared this book to Hunger Games. Since I loved Hunger Games I may not be fair when I say Starters is not quite that good and the plot is not quite as... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Robert Boze
In "Starters" by Lissa Price, we meet 16-year-old Callie who lives in a world where everyone between the ages of 20 and 60 has died due to spore bombs that have been dumped... Read morePublished 6 months ago by The Bookavid