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Starters

Starters
By Lissa Price
Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2012
Audience: All Teens

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. . . .


This book was so AWESOME! Everyone's comparing everything to The Hunger Games now, including this book. That's why I picked this one up. It's very different, but it has a strong female lead and is a quick read. (I think it's probably technically a dystopian, but hte government doesn't play a very big role, and while it is definitely not helping the people who need it most, I don't think it's actually oppressive.)

But Starters has AN ASSASSIN! Murder! Deception! Romance! A Cinderella moment! What's not to love?

I heard that there was a twist at the end -- I liked that twist when I got to it. It was a cool idea. It made me want to re-read the book because it would totally change everything knowing that secret. That's a good twist. It didn't make me mad or confused (a sign of a bad twist.) I am totally looking forward to Enders. Is it December yet? (I'm not a fan of that Enders cover, though.)

I'll have to look into the e-book stories to hold me over.

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