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Starters

Price, Lissa (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder unless her mind can stop it.
Authors: Price, Lissa
Title: Starters
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 336 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Summary: To support herself and her younger brother in a future Beverly Hills, sixteen-year-old Callie hires her body out to seniors who want to experience being young again, and she lives a fairy-tale life until she learns that her body will commit murder unless her mind can stop it.
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ISBN: 0375990607
9780375990601
0385742371
9780385742375
Statement of Responsibility: Lissa Price
Subject Headings: Beverly Hills (Calif.) Fiction. Beverly Hills (Calif.) Juvenile fiction. Science fiction. Orphans Fiction. Brothers and sisters Fiction. Orphans Juvenile fiction. Brothers and sisters Juvenile fiction.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction.
Topical Term: Science fiction.
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Brothers and sisters
Orphans
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LCCN: 2011040820
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I loved this book, if you did too I would recommend Coda by EmmaTrevayne. Also follows the future theme and a teen changing the world.

I loved this book. I could not put it down for a second and ended up reading it in less than a day. Starters had an interesting view of the future. I can't wait for the next book.

Sep 08, 2013
  • artemishi rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Starters is a YA adventure/mystery set in a futuristic Los Angeles. Ignore the cover- although creepily gorgeous it has nothing to do with the story. Which, by the way, is fairly creepy in concept.

I thought the book had a unique concept, and it wove some wonderful Cinderella re-telling moments in there. The Starters (teens) and Enders (those in their hundreds- everyone lives longer in the future) are contrasted in a way that reflects the socioeconomic contrasts of today: if we eliminate the middle class (or in the book, those between the ages of mid-20's to 100), what happens?

I was glad that this wasn't a stand-alone, but the first novel in a series. There were parts that were a bit Deus Ex Machina, but then Price would turn your expectation on its head with some new revelation.

I really liked that Callie realistically was more concerned with the survival of her brother (and self) than taking down an evil corporation. Her voice seemed genuine, and believable.

Overall, I recommend this for fans of techno-dystopian YA, realistic female protagonists, overlapping mysteries, and good, creeptastic villains. Honestly, The Old Man freaked me out more than he freaked Callie out (if, after getting to the last page, you don't shudder in revulsion, you have a heartier stomach than I do).

Aug 27, 2013
  • niceboy1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Changed my view on the future!

Aug 18, 2013
  • Anita Popescu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Although this novel is getting mixed reviews, I personally really enjoyed this read, because the ending was really satisfying (except for the last chapter or so, which screams for a sequel!) In any case, I thought that the plot was quite well-developed and straightforward, and that the technology in this sci-fi world was really creative and made sense! My only concern was that the author didn't really describe the Spore War in much detail, but perhaps that is revealed in the sequel, which I just might read!

Jun 29, 2013
  • sarahalston rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

On the cover of this book it says "Fans of The Hunger Games will love it." Fact is, fans of The Hunger Games should just READ THE HUNGER GAMES. This book is considered a "read-alike", the concept of which is insidious and distainable. It's a slightly-tweaked, less imaginative version of that story. I would not recommend this book.

Jun 19, 2013
  • hennazidele rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

great book! i stayed up late reading it-couldn't wait till the next day!

Jun 15, 2013
  • Mama_Bull rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Not happy with the way you look but don't like diet and exercise? No problem! Rent the perfect body any time you like. All major credit cards accepted.

May 15, 2013
  • bouncy123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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I loved it! Can't wait to read the next one.

Feb 01, 2013
  • kristen89 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book and couldn't put it down. I really felt for Callie trying to look after her brother in a world where no one cares about young kids and the old people live until 200. The concept of renting out a body is creepy, and yet plausible, which makes it even more scary. The twists and turns in this book, wow, can't wait to read book two.

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Jun 24, 2014
  • green_goldfinch_9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Jan 31, 2014
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Aug 27, 2013
  • niceboy1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Giving out her body as a suit Callie finds herself in a difficult situation!

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Jun 17, 2014
  • jennariley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"When hawks cry, it's time to fly."

Aug 27, 2013
  • niceboy1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Not sure I'm doing the right thing"

Aug 20, 2013
  • Anita Popescu rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"I wanted to say something, at least wave goodbye. Blake couldn't see me through the dark-tinted windows. All I could to was watch him stare at the windows, searching, finding nothing. Deep disappointment fell across his face as our car pulled away.
It wasn't until we had a little distance that I noticed he was holding something in his hand.
My shoe."

May 15, 2013
  • bouncy123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When hawks cry, it's time to fly.

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