Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teen Review: Dystopian fiction

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Number of pages: 352
Genre: Dystopian/post-apocalyptic
Is it part of a series? Yes
(Starters and Enders)
(There are also three prequel short stories: "Portrait of a Starter," "Portrait of a Marshal," and "Portrait of a Middle")
Reading Level: 8th grade up
Reviewed by: Patrick Castro, 10th grade

Starters, by Lissa Price, was one of the best dystopian fiction books I read in 2013 and I read a good amount. What makes Starters stand out among all the dystopias I read this year was how face-paced it was, how fresh its ideas were, and also all the characters were memorable. In addition, you get a kick-ass character (Callie), perfectly paced action scenes, and an ending that makes you wonder about the future.

I loved Callie right from the beginning! She had this fighter instinct in her because she and her brother lost their parents, don't have any money, and she is doing all she can do to survive. Her only hope is to use her body to get money from Renters through the company Prime Destinations. As Callie makes the choice, she is also struggling with herself inside and the body of the renter. Lissa Price definitely did her concept of teen bodies justice! All the choices Callie had to make and who to trust was such a page turner! I was so anxious to see what she would do and she was such a strong character it made the book impossible to put down! Strong and fierce characters with a moving plot line created one of the best dystopians I read!

Another thing I loved was the real message behind it--Lissa Price shows how true evil in people is real. I'm so excited to see how the second book picks up from the first. I hope we do see some answers, because Lissa Price leaves you hanging with some questions you want to find out. One thing that definitely could have been done in Starters was having those scenes where Callie could have questioned what she was doing at time.

Starters is a promising starter to a great dystopian series. Filled with memorable characters, action, and a deep message, Starters will appeal to young adult readers and even older audiences! I fully recommend Starters, and I'm dying to see what Enders has in store for me!

Editor's note: For another couple of opinions on this one (mine and teen reader Sarah's), go here and here. And since we had some previous chat about the merit of the various covers, here is yet another new one...

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