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Starters | [Lissa Price]

Starters

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Amy east haven, CT, USA 07-04-13
    Amy east haven, CT, USA 07-04-13
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    "A good listen but doesn't make sense"
    What did you like best about Starters? What did you like least?

    The story was an interesting concept and overall it was a good listen. However the plot doesn't really work for me. For starters, she keeps ignoring her brother who is starving and sick to go out with this rich kid. Then all the grandparents are in their 100s. How is that biologically possible? I know this is supposed to be a different society. Perhaps the author should have developed that more to improve the plot. That way we could have seen why they hate kids so much.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lindsey NOBLESVILLE, IN, United States 03-26-13
    Lindsey NOBLESVILLE, IN, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Zing! This book is 'ztupid!'"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    We bought this book to listen to on a road trip with our two young teen kids. We were really interested in the story line and couldn't wait to get started! However, the longer we listened, the more laughable the story became. Even the youngest in the car at 13, kept finding holes in the story. Eventually we only continued to listen to the story because we were just making fun of it. An entire motif seemed to be the author's habit of putting the letter Z in front of everything in an attempt to make if futuristic somehow. The only people who might enjoy this book are people who are young enough to not see the holes in the plot, but still old enough to tolerate the death and starvation of teenagers. I'm not sure that demographic exists. Also, the main character is very easily swayed from caring about her friend and ill younger brother, to being wrapped up in these rich old people's lives. The same old people who creepily "rent" teenagers' bodies and then make out with real teenagers, which is really disturbing in itself. The main character is also very preoccupied with how hot all of these rich teens are in her new world. There were parts of the book where my teen son literally said out loud, "why is she so worried about this date she has and not worried at all anymore about her sick, starving brother?"


    What could Lissa Price have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The plot needed to be better developed, with more connections, less holes, more consistency. It didn't seem that the author knew where the story was going at any point.


    What aspect of Rebecca Lowman’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance was great.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    We were all disappointed in the book. We continued to listen throughout our road trip purely just to make fun of the more ridiculous parts, and in small part because we had invested so much time already and wanted to see it through. It was a waste of time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 04-29-12
    Leilah Mustang, OK, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2007

    I love true crime. YA books and I didn'tuse too but seriese. Vampire, harry potter, especailly dystopian novels.

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    "Sci Fi"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Starters to be better than the print version?

    A good story with a good twist.


    What did you like best about this story?

    New ideas.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not the ending but close.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Who are you, really? No one know who anyone is anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    like.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Love to Read 03-08-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Unique idea for a book"
    What did you love best about Starters?

    The narration by Rebecca Lowman really made the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the idea for the story was unique. I agree with other reviewers who said there were some holes in it. Why would the older survivors hate the young "starters" so much? If people lived to be 200, why were all the "middles" who died in the 18 to 40 or 50ish range? It needed a little more development. I still liked the book enough to get book 2, though. It was enjoyable to listen to. I like the dystopian type books, and this one had enough action to keep me interested. I also liked that you could listen to this book with your teenage kids and not have to worry about cursing and sex scenes.


    What does Rebecca Lowman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a real talent for narration...She has such a soothing voice. She does different voices well, too.


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    Alissa ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 09-24-13
    Alissa ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 09-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another chilling addition to YA Dystopias"

    I suppose dystopia is a bit of a misnomer, no one in this world think's it's ideal, but they cope as they can and do their best to ignore the uncomfortable truths of their tragic society. Callie, the desperate protagonist, will do whatever it takes to provide for her young, sick brother, Tyler. And let me tell you, she does. Now, if you don't get chills at the end of the book, you need to go back and listen to it again (I plan to anyways, because what's revealed at the end makes you question everything!). Rebecca Lowman does a truly great performance, very well paced and I just love how she makes every character so distinct. I recommend it to any fan of Divergent or Uglies, this book is a start of a very good (two book) series.

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    Oxana Oleynik Bruchsal, Germany 12-17-12
    Oxana Oleynik Bruchsal, Germany 12-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Mind - blowing"

    It has been a long time since I have read the book but still the story is in my mind.
    Waiting impatiently for the second installment.

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    Miller Reisterstown, MD, United States 10-16-12
    Miller Reisterstown, MD, United States 10-16-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a mother to 4 kids almost all grown. One grandson. I love to listen to books as I drive or when waiting to schlep kids. ;-D

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    "Great Concept and execution!"

    First book in a while that I could not turn off! The concept is new and believable! Considered YA, but great at any age!

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    Mitzi Nevada, IA, United States 09-23-12
    Mitzi Nevada, IA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2012

    Midwest, USA native.

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    "Been telling everyone about this book"
    Would you listen to Starters again? Why?

    Definitely, and already have. It was fresh, futuristic and kept me wondering what would happen next.


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    CaribbeanAzure 08-20-12 Member Since 2012

    CaribbeanAzure

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    "Great Book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this to a friend. As a matter of fact I already have. The performance is very well done. Rebecca Lowman does a fine job of voicing the characters and she reads at a nice pace.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the book as a whole. Initially I was skeptical of reading it (it just didn't sound like my cup of tea) but I was very much surprised. I read the book first and then, having loved it so much, I bought the audio version and listened to it. She did a fantastic job and I can't wait for the following book! I enjoyed the characters as a whole - they were believably written.


    Have you listened to any of Rebecca Lowman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not listened to her before but I wouldn't mind listening to more of her narrations if they were in a category that I was interested in. She did a fine job.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly 08-10-12
    Kimberly 08-10-12

    kacraven

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    "A fantastic first novel from Lissa Price"
    If you could sum up Starters in three words, what would they be?

    dystopian, creepy, suspenseful


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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