Publisher: Delacorte Press
Series: Starters #1
Challenge: DAC #3
In Callie's world, the one nearly destroyed by the Spore Wars, the entire population aged 20-60 are gone, leaving behind only the children (Starters) and the elderly (Enders). While some Enders, and thus their grandchildren, have money to spare, other Starters are left without any family or means to get by. Callie and her brother, Tyler, are two of the unclaimed urchins that live off of the street and struggle to survive. It's becoming increasingly harder, though, as Tyler grows more ill. So, Callie does what she feels she musts and signs up at Prime Destinations. All she has to do is let someone take over her body for a few days and she'll get paid. It will be as easy as falling asleep, they say, but Callie soon learns that it's not and that the stakes may be far too high.
If The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner had a lovechild, it would be this book. It's intense and eerie and just so fantastic! As soon as I put it down, I rushed to my friends and told them all about it.
Starters is one of those books you don't have to wait to get into. From the first page, the story grabs you and I could just tell I'd be giving this a good review by the time I'd finished the first chapter. I love Callie's voice and her devotion to her brother. She's brave and strong in the face of incredible hardship while still managing to have something that a regular old reader could connect with. Her voice, combined with the post-apocalyptic setting, set a fantastic tone for the story.
Prime Destinations is creepy enough to give you chills. No one can be trusted because no one can tell who anyone really is. The renters are essentially paid slaves, and it just gets worse for them as the book progresses. There are more people to look out for than those who run the body bank, though. There are marshals, certain malicious Enders, and others. The world Price creates is terrifying and heartbreaking, to say the least.
And the ending. The last few pages are INSANE. I flipped through them as fast as I possibly could, literally gasping at some parts. I warn you, there's a cliffhanger, and you will want the sequel as soon as possible. I know I do.
(P.S. Starters comes out TODAY!)
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