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Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters, #1
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte (Imprint of Random House)
Date Published: March 13th, 2012
Edition: Hardcover
Rating:

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. . . .

My Review:

Starters is certainly a unique concept of sci-fi/paranormal, and while it did manage to keep me interested, unfortunately it wasn’t as good as I had been hoping it would be going into it.

My problem with the book is that it just didn’t get into depth with really anything and so many questions are left unanswered. The history of the war that killed so many, the characters, the relationships, even the reasoning behind the whole concept of “borrowing” a body. It just felt shallow and while the world is interesting, it was also confusing. It felt halfway normal at times with parties and cars. Then we would have children living in abandoned buildings and hologram phone calls. It was such a mismatch of different things.

Then there’s the “romance”, which just felt abrupt and unrealistic. I really wasn’t falling for it at all and I couldn’t feel the connection between Callie and her love interest. After going out for one date she asks him to do this huge favor for her and he obliges telling her that “he would do anything for her”…when he just met her. This about sums up their romance. Unrealistic.

Where the story was interesting though is really in the whole concept. There were times where my skin would literally crawl with how disturbing the situation was. Also just how callous and uncaring most of the people (or Enders) were about taking over another person’s body. Truly creeptastic. So that was really fascinating.

But then the story ends so strangely. I know there’s at least one more book (I think just one more), but I was so confused by the ending and how easy it was that after closing the book I had that moment of “okay, what just happened” going on.

So essentially I probably wouldn’t recommend this book. It still held my interest, but I think mostly because I kept hoping for more of an explanation of anything going on. Everything is confusing and the world and characters are very one-dimensional. The book ends as if it could be a standalone with a few mysteries hanging so I’m not entirely sure if I’ll read the next one. Maybe out of morbid curiosity to see if more things are explained, but I don’t know.

2.5 Hearts
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6 Responses to Review: Starters by Lissa Price

  1. Seee, you just confirmed that I do not want to read this!! I was in love with the pretty cover but something about the premise didn't catch my interest completely! I also do not love this instant love and soul made awesomeness love connection. Where is the tension where is the spark? Thanks for your great review, it underlines my reluctance to pick it up in the first place!

    Btw, I had to laugh when I saw your rating, I was just putting together the post for tomorrow's Reading Spot *winks* and said how amazingly similar our taste is :))
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  2. Hanna says:

    I loved this book! I've read some less-than-perfect YA dystopian novels lately, but this really did it for me :)

    I know what you mean about the lack of explanation though – I wanted to know more about how the children ended up being so downtrodden because it didn't really say much. I liked the concept though – the whole renting aspect.
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  3. Jenn@Owl Read It says:

    I really enjoyed reading Starters, I dunno, I guess it didn't really bother me that there was a lot of explanations missing. I tend to get frustrated with some books because there is too much back story. I'm not sure why the Enders weren't helping the kids, but they weren't, so I lived with that. I agree the romance was a little rushed, I don't know anyone who's relationship pregresses that quickly, but *shrug*
    I still couldn't put it down. Great review, I like seeing other peoples opinions :)
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  4. Meg K. says:

    Aw, too bad you didn’t really enjoy this book. I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard so many mixed reviews, though. . . I might have to think through it again. :P

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. xaurianx says:

    So no a book meant for me :) I do hope your next read is going to be great again.

  6. Rebecca says:

    You make me reconsider reading this one! I wasn't that interested until some friends started raving about it, but now, I'm back to being hesitant about picking it up. It sounds interesting, but the points you bring up are those I dislike myself. I won't rush to picking it up at least! Great review. :) I'm sorry you didn't end up enjoying it as much as you thought.
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