Starters (Starters #1)
by Lissa Price
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. . .
Starters was disappointing. I read this book because the premise was interesting. It was, as well as intriguing, till after 40% into it. That’s when it started falling apart. The whole story felt like it was all over the place. There were A LOT of inconsistencies and questionable details. The age difference alone is not possible even with the circumstances.
The writing was okay, world building was done sloppily in my opinion. I understand some of the things and tried looking past them, but as I reached the end, that’s when I felt like the plot was a stretch. There was a solution presented in the end that would seem like something the characters involved should have done in the first place, if it was just that easy. I’d say it was anti-climactic.
The love angle has its moments, at one point I did like Blake but what do we really know about him? He’s attracted to Callie for no apparent reason and he did things for her without question. As for Michael, he’s been with Callie for so long that there’s a silent mutual understanding that they’ll be together after everything. Then again, we don’t know anything about him either. I don’t remember being giddy with any scenes involving either guy.
The revelation in the end was unexpected for some but it crossed my mind 90% into the book. I think that would be the only reason for me to read its sequel, Enders, to find out WHY and HOW that surprise in the end became like that.