Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication date: March 2012
Source: e-book from NetGalley
For: Review, Debut Author Challenge, Dystopian Challenge
Series: Starters, Book 1
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
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a few, not many
that I recall
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