Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa Price

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Starters is the first book of what looks like a two book series.  The second book will be called Enders, which is fitting since the series is called Starters and Enders.  Callie, our main character, lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped everyone out between the ages of 20-60.  So the only people still alive are the very young and the very old.  Callie and her little brother, Tyler, are unclaimed minors and therefore live on the streets surviving day to day.  Callie decides to look into Prime Destinations, known as the Body Bank.  Prime Destinations pays Starters to rent their bodies to Enders.  The Starter has a chip put in and then an Ender can rent their body.

Callie rents her body to Prime to get money in order to take care of her brother.  On the final rental of her contract Callie’s neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in her body before the contract is up.  Callie is warned by a voice in her head not to go back to Prime.  Soon Callie learns her renter had more serious plans than just enjoying a young body; and Prime Destinations may be hiding more sinister plans.

What I thought:  The reason everyone between 20 and 60 died is because they were not vaccinated.  Instead only those at risk (the old & the young) were vaccinated.  That leaves one wondering what the government was thinking, but it is necessary for the story line.  If you have a living grandparent you would be claimed and taken care of, but those Starters without grandparents are, well, screwed.  I understand Callie is pretty desperate for money, but Prime Destinations just screams evil to me!  I think I would have run out of there, but then again I would not be keen on the idea of letting someone use my body.

Despite my hesitations towards Prime, I enjoyed the plot.  The twist at the end has me wanting to read Enders.  While the book is left open for the next, I didn’t feel like Starters lacked an ending.  Things were put to a close while other plot points remained open for Enders.   Callie is the main character and therefore character we get to know the most, while other characters remain less developed.  I’m interested to see which characters will follow through to the next book, and possibly have bigger parts.  I also enjoyed how Starters is a dystopia, but unlike a lot of dystopian novels in which everyone is fighting to survive, the Enders have money and jobs and therefore don’t struggle.  Rather it is the young who cannot work that are fighting day to day to survive on the streets.

If you’re in the mood for a dystopian sci-fi with a good cliff hanger then I recommend Starters.


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