Friday, April 12, 2013

Teen Review: Starters

by Lissa Price
336 pages
Dystopic / post-apocalyptic fiction
There is a sequel, Enders, due out in January 2014, and three prequel short stories: "Portrait of a Starter, " "Portrait of a Marshal," and "Portrait of a Middle"
Reading level: 7th grade and up
Reviewed by Sarah C., 10th grade

S U M M A R Y :
Sometime in the future, the United States of America is attacked using spore missiles, and everyone between the ages of 20 to 60 is killed, due to the lack of vaccinations. The Spore Wars left only kids, called Starters, and the elderly, called Enders, alive. Callie Woodland's parents were killed, and she is left alone with only her younger brother, Tyler. Living off the streets with nowhere to go, Callie and Tyler are struggling to survive. Callie decides to head to Prime Destinations to make some money for her and her sick brother.

At Prime Destinations, Callie rents out her body to an Ender. The Ender gets to live in Callie's body for a short amount of time while Callie sleeps, and then Callie wakes up and gets paid very well. Sounds like an easy deal, right?

Everything is going fine, until Callie's connection chip glitches and she wakes up early. Callie finds herself in a nightclub, and she has to pretend to be her "renter." Finding herself rich with a huge house and beautiful clothes, Callie doesn't head back to Prime Destinations to get fixed. Callie then hears a voice in her head, Callie's renter's voice, saying that Prime Destinations is dangerous! Callie starts blacking out and switching between having control of her own body and losing control to her renter. After one of the blackouts, Callie realizes that her renter has something dreadful planned. Callie must choose whether to trust or betray her renter. Either way it looks like she is dead.

R E V I E W :
I really enjoyed Starters! It went beyond my expectations. I had read some reviews online saying that it was full of plot holes, yet others were comparing it to Hunger Games, with good reviews, so I really was not sure what to expect. I personally think it rivals Hunger Games in every way, if not surpassing it in some ways. Starters is written in first person, which I think is always tricky to pull off. Usually I find books written in first person hard to read and choppy-sounding, but I didn't even notice Starters was written in first person 'til halfway through the book! It was really smooth-flowing. I must say there are a couple of points that were lacking information in the story line and a cheesy spot here and there. But over all, I loved Starters, and I anxiously await the sequel, Enders!

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

Cover: The cover is one of the things that intrigued me most. It is really interesting, and the picture is actually mentioned in the book. Really awesome!

If you want to read another review of this book on our blog, go here. And I found this on Lissa Price's website: Somebody turned her book into a lookalike for an old pulp fiction magazine! Kinda cool, yes?

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