Author: Lissa Price
Genre: YA, dystopian, science fiction
Series: Starters and Enders #1
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Pages: 352 (hardcover)
For More Information: Goodreads link
My Goodreads Review: Review
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. . .
Lissa’s world building skills are flawed, okay so every other world is also flawed but Lissa really stands out here. Sometimes it didn’t make sense, or just wasn’t logical. The world felt disconnected, and without better world building, I couldn’t really get into Callie’s world. Although, I still liked the idea and mystery of this whole book so that certainly ticks off a few boxes for me.
Callie is a strong character, she is determined to get money for her brother, Tyler who is her only living family left. So she decides to be a donor in order to get money as they and Michael have been living on the streets since they’re parents died in the Spore War. I fell in love with Callie to begin with, but as she began to meet Blake, I grew distant. Blake sounds like a cute guy, I’m sure with different circumstances I would have understood if Callie began to like him, but it doesn’t make any sense to forget Michael, who is a strong character that looked after Tyler. I am thoroughly wrecked and infuriated by this love triangle which was badly formed had no depth to it.
I am in love with the plot. Murder? Rich and poor? Renting bodies? Oh yes please! I really love Lissa’s way of how she can turn a really quirky idea of renting bodies and Ben adding all these complications to it. It was only meant to make Callie fall into a deep sleep and not know what had happened but something had made her fall into consciousness of her Ender’s life and discover how luxurious yet deceiving the world had become.
I really wanted to say this at the start but I love the cover. I showed it to my friends and they were like “how could you read such a creepy looking book?” That’s just me, it looked creepy so I thought I should read it. In the book, it tells us what the picture is and how it became like that. And trust me, it is one beautiful reason that I literally give 0.5 of a star for.
YA dystopian lovers? Grab this book and get reading because Lissa Price is going to take you for a ride to after the Spore Wars. Be prepared
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