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Series: Starters #1
Published by Delacorte Press on March 13th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Source: publisher unsolicited
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. . . .
Callie is an orphan but not alone because she also lives on the street with her brother Tyler, and neighbor Michael. Their will to survive is so much stronger now that the population only consists of teenagers who are called Starters and seniors called Enders. An underground organization takes teenagers for seniors to rent out their bodies for a given time. Depending on the teen, the Ender will be able to do things as bungee jump or drive fast cars, something their bodies aren’t capable of doing. In a desperate attempt toff money, Callie becomes a Starter and soon finds herself in a world where murder reigns supreme and getting out alive is the ultimate goal.
Started off rather well and i was excited when Callie was on her way to renting out her body, but the mystery that she was unwinding was weak. Now the premise of the story got me thinking.. what is with the organization that created this service and what’s the point? I couldn’t understand it. There are so many questions left unanswered that I was surprised I actually finished the book.
I guess I was hyped up about Starters in the first place and managed to come into it with high expectations. If was an enjoyable read, and I do wonder how everything will play out, so Enders will have to answer all my questions.