Review - Starters by Lissa Price

Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Publish Date: Mar 13, 2012
Hardcover, 368 pages

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The story premise of this book is SO BELIEVABLE that I was riveted from the beginning. I could not believe that this book was written so well that I felt I could see this happening in the future. Old people use younger people's bodies by renting them and living in them. There is a contract to avoid dangerous drugs, illicit sex, but do they really know what is happening in their bodies while they are out? Amazing!!

Callie is one of the unfortunate orphans who's parent's have died during the last Spore Wars. The only ones left are young and old. Many of the young are penniless and left to fend for themselves. Those not left alone are rounded up and arrested. They must find a way to live. Callie has not only herself to take care of, but her ailing brother. She goes in to investigate and ends up finding a solution to her problem she didn't realize she could fix. Renting out her body seems like a quick fix. Just three rentals and she will have all the money she needs. But one of the rentals has a plan, to kill someone important and use Callie as the body and face of the assassin. Something goes terribly wrong when Callie wakes up in her own body, but still in the rental contract. She must stop the assassin and save her life, but having the renter in her head might sway her to see the rental's point of view.

Summary -

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. . . .

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