Thursday, February 07, 2013

Starters by Lissa Price

In this dystopian story there are only two kinds of people left in the world—starters and enders. Everyone between the ages of 18 and 65 has died leaving behind only the young and the old, who had first access to the vaccination that saved them from a deadly virus. Callie is a teenager with no grandparents to claim her and her little brother so they live as squatters in a dangerous and violent city. Her brother is very ill and she decides to do something drastic to make some money. She goes to Prime Destinations, an illegal company that rents starter bodies to enders who want to reclaim their youth. However, due to a technological glitch she finds herself sharing her body with an ender who plans to use her body to commit murder. And the more she finds out about Prime Destinations the more she realizes that she may never get her body back and see her brother again. I have read a lot of dystopian novels lately in the wake of The Hunger Games and Divergent, and this is one of the better ones. Callie is an interesting character and the world she is in holds a lot of danger and suspense. Recommended for fans of dystopia (grades 7-up).

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