Review: Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

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“HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER

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. . . .”

Let’s get started. … See what I did there? See that? If you missed it, I’ll tell you what I did there. It was a pun! Get it!? No? Well, then I’m sorry you didn’t get it.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. I will admit the fact that the cover delayed my reading of this book, but once I opened the cover, I couldn’t put it down (more like didn’t want to, seeing as how I had to put it down to eat, sleep, work and use the restroom).

There were some pros and cons (what is a book without pros and cons) to this book in my opinion.

Pros: Well written; the story just flowed. I didn’t feel like it stayed one tone too long, nor was it too fast a pace. Character development was well thought out; I mean, you really get a feel for who these characters are. Great story line; I thought is was unique enough that I didn’t feel as though I have read it before.  THE ENDING! Literally left my jaw on the floor. Really! I had to pick it up, dust it off, and clean up the saliva I left on the floor.

Cons: (I’m no writer, so this opinion is just that. An opinion. Obviously Price did something right, or this book wouldn’t have been such a success) I thought that the beginning of the book could have been a little stronger.; it’s not something that I can place my finger upon and say, “This. This is what is the problem.” – I just feel as though something is missing from the beginning. I wish there could have been more conflict with some of the secondary characters; maybe get a feel for why, exactly, a certain someone decided to become a starter.

Any-who, those are all just my opinions. Some may not make much sense to you (either because 1. You haven’t read it, or 2. You think the story is great just the way it is written and wouldn’t change a thing.), but this is just how I feel.

Price really knows how to line ’em up and knock ’em down. Well, done! I recommend this book to any reader who is looking for a nail-biting dystopian read.

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