In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party - her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it.
Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first - the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life... until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan....
©2012 Lissa Price (P)2012 Listening Library
dystopian, creepy, suspenseful
I was looking for something that would grab my attention induce the same way the Hunger Games did. While I will not pretend that this is it's equal, Starters held my attention from start to end and i am looking forward to the sequel.
Although I'm an adult, I often read stories written for teens. I liked "Hunger Games," the first book, anyway. This book didn't compare to it. While I could believe in the "Hunger Games" world, the world Lissa Price created has so many holes in it that believablity leaks from it like water from a sieve, leaving us with an unrealistic, unbelievable, world.
I liked the premise of the story, body switching, but nothing else about this story made any sense. I won't give more detail, lest I spoil it for those that might still wish to read it, but long before the end I was struggling to listen and only finished it because my granddaughter wanted me to read it.
I thought the narrator did an admirable job. She just didn't have much of a story to tell.
I enjoyed this book. Interesting young adult novel. A little muddy in parts but worth the listen if you like Sci-Fi. Thoughtful concepts on aging and the chase for eternal youth.
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