Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Starters by Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication date: March 2012
Pages: 352
Source: e-book from NetGalley
For: Review, Debut Author Challenge, Dystopian Challenge
Series: Starters, Book 1

In a world trying to recover from a seriously decimated population, Callie and her little brother are trying to survive without their parents. But when Callie's brother gets ill, she must take a huge risk to earn some money - lend out her body to Enders, older people who survived the virus. When something goes wrong and Callie wakes up in the middle of the rental, she discovers not everything is going according to plan.

Things I Liked:
This book really had an awesome idea and the realization of it was fast-paced and exciting - and surprising.  I loved watching Callie try to figure out what was going on and how to get herself out of difficult situations that she didn't even get herself into.  I was truly surprised at where the story took us, which I haven't been able to say about a book for a while now.  I did not expect the twists that the story took.  And now I'm eager to see what Price has in store for us in Enders.

Things I Didn't Like:
I had a hard time getting into the beginning of the story.  Despite the interesting premise, there were some definite flaws in the set-up, notably that everybody between certain ages all died.  It seemed a little convenient.  Also the idea that all old people were pretty much obsessed with living forever or living in a young person's body and hating all the younger kids was a bit much to swallow.  The ending totally gripped me, though, and I loved where she took it.  Despite these issues, I'll be getting my hands quickly on the next book.

Reminded me of the Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano
And maybe a bit like Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

s-factor: !
a few, not many

mrg-factor: none
that I recall

v-factor: ->
some fighting

Overall rating: ****

Are you generally wowed enough by an ending or story to overlook some world-building issues?

If you buy through my Amazon linkage, I will get a very small percentage


  1. Sigh, I'm not overly fond of plot holes. You know, things happening for convenience? I've been wondering about this one.

    1. It was really a good one, despite what I said. Quick read, just don't think too hard. :)


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