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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Starters by Lissa Price

I knew very little about Starters when I opened it. I read a few reviews online, and the summary, and that was it. Oh, and make sure you check out the giveaway at the bottom of this review!!
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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. . .

I went into it with some hesitancy, because sometimes this kind of, science-fiction-y stuff goes a little over my head.

What I Liked: I ended up devouring this book. I could not put it down. Okay, now to put that all into words...1) A completely unique idea. I'd love to know where Miz Price came up with this idea. Older people renting out younger peoples' bodies so they can relive their glory days. If something about that doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will. Then of course once you've reconciled that idea, you have to contend with the idea that something about this Prime Destinations program is kind of sketch. If something sounds too good to be true, then it generally is. All the questions that pop up as you're reading really drive the plot forward. 2) Callie. I'm a big sister, and if I had to do this for my sibs, I would in a heartbeat. I really was able to relate to her protectiveness towards her little brother (my sibs are 22 and 20, and I still feel protective towards them). She's also necessarily independent, which gives her the advantage when she's faced with some issues that come up when her microchip fails. Intrigued yet? 3) The mystery. This is a science fiction book, but there is so much mystery going on that you'll have new questions on each page. Who is the Old Man!?! This is something I must know!! This was just one of the things that kept me flipping pages late into the night. 4) Blake. I wish I could tell you how I felt about their relationship at the end of the book, but I can't without giving some things away. He's definitely one of those swoony guys though. 5) Michael. Michael, Michael, Michael. Michael understands where Callie is from, how she has to live, taking care of her little brother, he's basically her closest friend. But you get the sense that there could be something more, especially once Blake comes on the scene. It's not exactly a love-triangle, but there is definitely some tension that I'm curious to see how works out in the next book.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing. I loved this book, it's earned a permanent place on my bookshelf for re-reads!

Overall Thoughts: Miz Price has delivered a unique, exciting novel that has everything I could ever ask for. Great, well-developed characters, a striking post-apocalyptic plot, and a lot of action. The mystery will keep you totally engraossed in the story until you've reached the end, and then you'll only be begging for more. Starters is a fabulous piece of fiction and I('ve already been) recommend it to everyone who loves a unique story!

My Rating: 5 shots

Hey guess what?? I have a SIGNED, FINISHED COPY of STARTERS to giveaway! Y'all are lucky I'm willing to part with it, because I really wanted to keep it for myself. But alas, I love you all too much. To enter, leave a comment below with an email address OR Twitter name so I can contact you! This contest is US/CANADA ONLY! This will be open for one week! Good luck!


  1. Ooo!! I have an ARC of this one... but I would LOVE to own a signed, finished copy! Thanks for the chance to win! (BTW, if it's an ARC, don't count me in ;)


  2. NICE!!! Glad to see I wasnt wishing for this book in vain. I think I need to go out immediately to get it.

  3. Thanks for the chance! I've been interested in this book, now even more since I've read your great review.

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  4. I definitely want to read this book, but I'm with you and sci-fi goes over my head sometimes. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  5. I really loved this book. I read an ARC of it, but the finished copy looks so pretty!! BTW, I love your new blog design. It looks fabulous!!


  6. 1st: The new design KICKS SERIOUS BOOTAY! :-) It really looks lovely :-)

    2nd: GREAT review! I'm glad to hear that you loved Starters and that it was as good as it sounds.

    3rd: Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Starters! <3 My email is blookgirl(@)gmail.com

  7. I've been fascinated by the concept of this book since I heard about it even though I think it's a little weird. I'd love to get a signed copy though. That would be very special. Thanks.


  8. This book has been on my TBR list after reading reviews as well. Now it has definitely moved up in the ranks after your review! Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. I feel like I've been waiting FOREVER for this one at the library ... and would LOVE to have a copy of my own! Thanks for offering this giveaway!


  10. harleybearbookblog@gmail.com or @HarleyBearBooks

    I have wanted to read this book for a long time, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  11. OMG I would love a signed copy!!! What a great giveaway!!! Count me in


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