Today, we begin my first Spotlight Week Series for 2012, and boy am I excited!

This week, the spotlight is on one of my favorite YA authors, and one of my dearest friends, Lissa Price.

Her book, STARTERS, a YA Futuristic Thriller, came out this March.

I am so thrilled that I finally get the chance to review her book!

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Starters Spotlight Week: Starters by Lissa Price, A Book Review

In a future Los Angeles, becoming someone else is now possible. Sixteen-year-old Callie discovers the Body Bank where teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. But when her neurochip malfunctions, she wakes up in the mansion of her rich renter and finds she is going out with a senator’s grandson. It’s a fairy-tale new life, until she discovers her renter’s deadly plan.

My Review

When I first read STARTERS, it wasn’t even in stores yet. Lissa was kind enough to give me a copy of the chapter sample they were giving away as promotional tools.

I had two thoughts when I finished reading the chapter sample.

  1. Holy cow! This is amazing!
  2. When can I get my hands on the whole book?

When I finally got my hands on a copy I didn’t want to sit down and read it until I knew I could devote a few hours of my time to it. And I’m glad I waited—because I read the story in one sitting.

I just could not put it down. STARTERS reeled me in at the first sentence and didn’t let go until the end.

Of course, I’m not just saying this because Lissa is a friend. I take my blogging duties seriously and I fully believe in the saying, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” So I will never review a book unless I have positive things to say about it. Luckily, I have a lot of good things to say about STARTERS.

Author Lissa Price accomplishes several things in the first few pages alone. First, she  introduces readers to a post-apocalyptic world, in which almost everyone aged 20-60 has died from the Spore wars.

How would a world populated by only the very young (Starters) and the very old (Enders), survive? The author paints a dire picture of this kind of society where the word “old” has become relative. Readers are at once sucked into a world where older generations are now able to live past 100, and where they now have the option to recapture their youth—through someone else’s body.

Second, author Lissa Price introduces us to a whole new concept with two words alone: Body Bank.

The premise is both intriguing and chilling, and Prime Destination raises the bar on creepy. This company, led by a nameless and faceless Old Man, has created technology that allows old people to hijack the minds of teenagers. These hapless Starters have no idea where their bodies have been, or how their bodies are used by the Enders who rent them.

Third, Lissa Price creates a compelling main character in Callie whom we absolutely root for. Callie’s answer to the question “why would you rent your body to creepy old people”, is heartbreaking in its simplicity. Her younger brother is ill, and she needs the money to take care of him.

Callie’s parents are dead, and she and her brother live in the dangerous streets of dystopian Beverly Hills. What makes her such a sympathetic and likable character is that she would do anything for her little brother.

Lastly, in the first few pages alone, Lissa Price also gives her readers a taste of what the entire book will be like—action-packed, thrilling and fast-paced.

Callie’s story is not just one of self-sacrifice, but one of self-preservation as well. She must stop her renter, Helena, from using her body to commit a murder.

Another major selling point of STARTERS is its curious love triangle. Callie is essentially torn between two boys, and two worlds. Michael is comforting in his familiarity. He is her childhood friend and one she can count on to take care of her brother in her absence. Blake, is exciting and new. The grandson of a senator, he has everything Callie hopes to find in boyfriend—good looks, good breeding, and good money.

To top off all these incredible story turns, author Lissa Price has managed to create a  twist toward the end of the story that leaves  her readers breathless and wanting more.

It’s a good thing we don’t have too long to wait, as the sequel, ENDERS, will be released sometime this year.

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Tune in on Wednesday, May 23, as Spotlight Week continues with an interview with amazing author Lissa Price.

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16 Responses to “Spotlight Week: Starters by Lissa Price, A Book Review”

  1. Wow that sounds like an awesome book. Sounds like a great plot and a cool character. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Starters sounds like a great read. It is on my TBB list. The cover is amazing!

  3. Wow, this book sounds awesome! Like Sharon, I absolutely love the cover, that would definitely catch my attention in a bookstore. Thanks for sharing, I’ll be adding this one to my ever-growing TBR list. :)

  4. I don’t normally read YA, but this review got me thinking. Great idea. We hear so many YA plots, but this is just fantastic. Good luck with the sales.

    BTW, love, love, love the cover. Very compelling. I’m sending along this recommendation to my daughter, who teaches English in China.

  5. Sounds like a frightening world in which to live.

  6. Wow. Not a big YA fan, but this sounds amazing. Adding to my TBR list now, thanks for the introduction.

  7. Cherie Reich says:

    STARTERS sounds like an awesome book! I’ll have to add it to my to-read list.

  8. Spacerguy says:

    Sounds like a really juicy read with startling twists and turns. Enough to get me hooked.

  9. jabblog uk says:

    This sounds intriguing. What a brilliant concept.

  10. Aunt J-Me says:

    I can see the lovers of Hunger Games and Ms. Lowry’s Giver Quartet falling all over, into and around this one. Thanks for the review!

  11. Southpaw says:

    I popped over to Amazon to read the first page or so. Lissa has a wonderful voice. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  12. jane says:

    That is truly an awesome cover for a book. By the way, I have awarded you a Kreativ Blogger award. Please snag the logo from my site: awritersmuses.blogspot.com

  13. Hmm, this books seems like a mash up of the movie In Time, Surrogates, and the book Matched.

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  15. The cover got my attention and the story sounds intriguing. I enjoyed the visit today!

  16. Wow. I am dying to read this book just from your short review. I read a lot of books and not many are able to capture me from just the blurb or a short excerpt. I don’t come across many that totally hook me. I end up loving most of the books I read, but I am usually taking a chance because I just haven’t been captivated lately from the book jackets I’ve read. I am captivated by this. The premise is original and intriguing. I know just enough about the plot to know that I have to read this and I will as soon as I make the purchase. I am already hanging on the edge of my seat to find out why Callie will do to stop the renter of her body form committing murder.

    Wonderful review for what promises to be an exceptional book. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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