Hey, guy! I’m back with another book review!
Starters by Lissa Price a while ago, but never got to review it. I decided to get my ass off the couch and write this for you before I forget everything about the book, and here it is for you!
I got recommended this book by a friend, so if you want to see how I feel about it, then just click that little continue reading button down there!
Publication Date: March 13th 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 352 pages
Series: Starters Duology (#1)
HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER
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. . . .
I was recommended to read this by a not-so-book-savvy friend that was RAVING about it. Knowing that, I didn’t really go into this book with the expectations of being completely being blown away (which I wasn’t really…)
I also think it’s good to mention that I’m not the biggest fan f dystopia… OH GOD! I SAID IT! DON’T KILL ME!
It’s just not my thing… I’m more of a sci-fi, thriller kind of girl, but I do like to dabble in the dystopian worlds sometimes, and when I do, I’m almost always surprised!
But I just don’t see myself investing time and effort into reading a dystopian series, but as ‘try something out of your comfort zone’ is the theme for May’s TBR challenge, I have a feeling I’m going to be picking up a dystopia.
Anyways, I’ve drifted away from the actual review, so let’s get back to work!
I picked Starters up because of my friend, and because I’ve never really seen a novel with a plot like this one. It’s not really a common trope you see in YA novels. So I found that intriguing.
I went into this book with some idea of what it’s about, so I didn’t really go in blind, but I think it was kind of a good thing because if I did, I’m pretty sure I would’ve been confused as hell!
This book kind of has a love triangle thrown in, but I don’t really feel like it’s one that made the book any better, it kind of just pulled it down a bit.
It only focuses on one of the love interests, and the second guy is just thrown in sometimes. And you can see that it’s totally gonna be ‘blank’ and ‘blank’ that end up together, and the other guy kind of just stands there.
I’m being really vague here so I don’t spoil it for you guys, but I’m sure you’ll understand when you start reading it.
Overall, I think that the ‘love triangle’ -if you can even call it that- could have been executed in a way better way that it was now and it could’ve added more to the plot.
But of course, I’m only talking about the first novel, because clearly I haven’t read the second book, so maybe it’s this whole spectacular plan that’s gonna blow my mind, but till now, I’m not impressed with the relationships.
On to a lighter note! I completely, and utterly was in love with the whole futuristic feel of the book! As I said in the beginning, I’m a big Sci-Fi fan, so that kind of says that I’m into the futuristic feel of everything!
The technology, and enders and shit were the best part about the book in my opinion, but of course, there are other bright sides to it.
I also want to mention that I did get spoiled for the huge plot twist at the end. Spoiler alert, it’s not that big of a plot twist.
I was talking to my friend, and I kind of mentioned that I felt something was gonna happen, and she kind of just looked at me weirdly, and asked what I thought it was gonna be. I guessed the plot twist, so I don’t really think that the amazing twist was that amazing.
That is, after all, my opinion. I won’t be sharing spoilers here, so don’t worry. If you do want spoilers then you can go to Wikipedia and read the little plot thing.
Now to the character analysis thingy that I do! For this, I chose Callie -the main character-, Tyler -Callie’s little brother-, Michael -partner in crime and love interest-, Blake -sweet, rich guy, second love interest.
Callie is our main character as I already mentioned before. She was a normal teenage girl before the war broke out; before her parents passed away; before the world turned into chaos.
Now she’s a 16-year-old who just runs from one abandoned building to another hoping for one thing: keeping her younger brother, Tyler, safe.
She’s still young and unaware of the worries the world hides, but she does all that she has to do to take care of her sick, younger brother, and sustain a home for him, and possibly Michael, their partner in all this chaos.
She goes to extreme lengths to keep him safe, even if that means renting out her bodies to a-hundred-plus-year-olds.
I feel like it’s only fit to go to Tyler after that, as he is the reason she’s done all this shit in the first place.
I forget exactly how old he is, but he’s younger than 13, that’s for sure. He suffers from a disease that affects his lungs, and being dirt poor and on the run, doesn’t really help.
As Callie is literally the only family has left on this world, he is extremely close to her, which is totally understandable.
You kind of feel bad for him throughout the book, because he’s so young and his life is basically ripped out of his own little skinny hands, but throughout the whole book, I just knew that he would be okay. HE’S TOO CUTE TO DIE! (he doesn’t die)
Now for Michael. I’m sorry, we’re not talking about Michael Clifford, but this Michael is smoking hot too! Sorry… I had to.
They supposedly met Michael when the war first broke out. He lived in the same neighborhood before the war, but they never talked. After the war broke out, they got super close, and now are partners in crime.
You kind of sense that they like each other, but you’re not sure until something happens…
She kind of has to choose between Michael and Blake, who I’m going to be talking about now.
Callie meets Blake when she gets stuck in her renter’s body. He’s this rich, sweet, handsome guy that seems to steal her heart more and more every minute.
She starts developing strong feelings for him, but the situation she’s put in doesn’t really give her the freedom and time to like a guy.
Does she end up with him? With Michael? With nobody? Does she end up dead? You’ll have to read the book!
I gave this 4/5 stars on Goodreads, but it’s more like a 3.5, I just gave it a 4 because there are no half stars on there…
Much love, Rawan …