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“Starters” is not just your daughter’s (or in my case) granddaughter’s novel. Lissa wrote an exciting page turner that was not “dumbed down” to attract younger readers. I was fascinated by the cover and was curious to learn this cover girl’s story. It’s an intriguing concept…young people called Starters left to fend for themselves due to the Spore Wars that wiped out everyone between the ages of 20 and 60. Callie, the main character, is orphaned and left to not only fend for herself but to also care for her younger, sickly brother. She’s scared, desperate and makes a decision that ultimately takes her to a frightening place. Prime Destinations hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders – seniors who want to be young again. Romance, intrigue, murder…who could ask for anything more? Well, I can. I’m anxiously awaiting Lissa’s follow up novel, Enders. Highly recommend!!!

Page-turning science fiction, timely commentary

Like most great science fiction novels, "Starters" transcends its genre by addressing some of the modern issues most relevant to its readership. That's not the say the book is preachy, stuffy or heavy-handed -- it is none of these things. In fact, it's a fast-paced, gripping story about a bold, clever heroine and her struggle to protect her family in a post-apocalyptic world. But Price also manages to use her story to discuss the modern teenager's desperation for superficial beauty and the dangers that this cultural obsession can pose. This commentary steers the book out of the realm of sci-fi fluff and into the realm of young adult literature -- both suspenseful and meaningful, accessible to younger readers and engaging for older ones.

An Amazing Debut; Highly Recommended!

The Spore Wars have left the United States ravaged. Citizens of middle age are all but destroyed. Starters and Enders live in a world of extremes, where the very old tread on the very young...unless they want to rent them. From beginning to end, Lissa Price has built a world that is dark, fascinating, and compelling. Her characters scream from the spine, enticing the reader through a flurry of twists, turns, and pages before leaving him or her breathless and ready for more. Fans of dystopian will fall in love with Starters, and will fall into a fantasy in which they can't help but wonder — could this happen in our world?

What a Thriller Ride!

What if you could rent your body -- basically go to sleep for a day or a week, while another person's consciousness "lived" inside of your body, skiing, skydiving, or skipping through fields -- for big, big bucks? No way, right? What a creepy thought... Well, what if your parents were dead and your little brother was sick... really, really sick, and the only way to save him was go on into Prime Destinations and rent yourself out to a stranger? That's the basic premise behind Lissa Price's fantastic YA thriller, STARTERS. In this excellently-drawn dystopia, there are only "starters" -- young people -- and "enders," very old people, some of whom have celebrated over two hundred birthdays. Why? When a recent war went biological, there was only enough serum to vaccinate the old and the young... The book jumps straight into the thick of things, the first scene taking us straight to the uber-creepy Prime Destinations, where the likeable main character, Callie, is understandably skeeeeeeeved, talking to the old "enders", who, in there power and hunger and basic chilliness, come off as something like vampires. The writing is great without drawing attention to itself, and the story rolls along smoothly -- despite its excellent plotting, amazing twists, and an ending you'll never see coming. STARTERS is a fantastic thrill ride sure to please both teens and adults, from readers who love action to readers who love mystery to readers who love mind-blowing creativity. This is a can't-miss read!
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