Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price
Author: Lissa Price
Hardcover: 368 Pages
Release Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Reading Level: Young Adult
What if you were a street urchin in a dystopian world where there are only senior citizens (Enders) and children/teens (Starters)? You aren’t allowed to work/earn money and you have no parents, grandparents, or other adult family members to claim you? Your younger brother is ill and you need a good home and medicine for him. What would you do? Would you rent your body out to Enders who wanted to be young again?
Starters, the debut novel from Lissa Price, gives readers just that scenario. We meet Callie, a sixteen year old girl with no parents, no grandparents, and a younger brother who is ill. She knows she needs money to help her brother and if renting out her body to Enders who want to be young again is the only way she can do it, then she will. But what happens when things start going wrong with her last rental?
This is one of those amazingly difficult to put down books. Callie is a compelling character – one you just have to know what is going to happen next with. Her plight of being orphaned with an ill younger brother tugs at your heartstrings and won’t let go. Her obvious concern for him shows through the entire book – a book that is extremely well written and keeps the reader guessing.
This is a debut author you won’t want to miss.
I give this 5 out of 5 stars.