REVIEW: Starters by Lissa Price
Title: Starters
Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 352
ISBN: 978-0385742375
Received: {audiobook } 


Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .


Audible was having a deal — a free audiobook with the 3 month trial of $7.99/month. Couldn’t pass that up, you know. I don’t have a ton of experience with audiobooks but I figured that I would give one a try. When I saw Starters, I knew I had to get it as the book has been on my TBR for a while.

The actress who read for the novel sounded a LOT like Violet from Private Practice at times; almost identical in voice. But it wasn’t. :) It was read by Rebecca Lowman, who did a nice job of speaking at a nice and relaxing pace. I have noticed other actors tend to talk extremely fast and I enjoyed Lowman’s pace, tremendously.

starters-coverWe are introduced to Callie and she tells us about the state of the world as she knows it. The Spore Wars killed off many parents, but spared the children and seniors as they were the first to get vaccinated against the virus. This leaves Callie, her brother Tyler, and her best friend Michael as orphans. While most orphans are institutionalized, Callie and her small family have remained in hiding so they can stay together.

Unfortunately for reasons not mentioned, Tyler is very sick and extremely weak. Food and medicine is either scarce or non-existant and Callie does what she feels is best for her family. Not telling either Michael or Tyler, she sets off to Prime Destinations and decides to rent off her body to the Enders, who want one last hurrah before their own lives are over.

At first, it seems pretty amazing. Callie undergoes treatment to make her an ideal candidate for an Ender’s choice. Her skin is cleared and flawless, her hair is done. She has become, for once in her life, beautiful. Not only that, but they are offering her big bucks to rent her body out a couple of times. Enough money that it would give Callie, Michael, and Tyler a place to stay and enough food and medicine to get Tyler back on his feet again.

Callie would do anything for those she loved, even sacrificing her own body.

Unfortunately renting out your body comes with consequences. Callie shouldn’t remember anything but suddenly she wakes up and regains consequences as an Ender has control of her body. Callie soon finds out that the Ender has the motive to kill.

Starters is full of suspense and I found the technologies rather interesting. Although I wouldn’t say its a life changing dystopian, it is still one worth reading. I found Callie incredibly likable and her selflessness inspiring.  It was definitely a catchy read and I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, Enders.


Patricia August 24, 2020 at 2:47 am

Hm… like the idea with the audiobook. Heard about ‘Starters’ before, but more likely would listen to it.

Alison August 26, 2020 at 12:47 am

The writing was fine. It wasn’t like, “Whoa!!” such as John Green or J.K Rowling.. but it kept me interested. 🙂

Meredith August 27, 2020 at 5:31 am

It sounds like a promising, exciting story indeed. What do you think about the writing? 🙂

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