Monday, August 27, 2012

Starters Book Review

Author: Lissa Price
Series: Starters and Enders
Book #: 1 out of 2
Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Read: August 24, 2012 - August 27, 2012
Rating: 3 stars

Author's Synopsis:
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. . . .

Jenkies' Review:
First, I'll start with the cover. I absolutely LOVE the cover of this book. It's so beautiful and in person it is even better. It is very metallic and shiny!  Definitely gives off the appropriate futuristic feel.

This book was referred to me by another Goodreads' member. I anticipated this book a lot and when it finally came in from the library, I dropped my original to-read list and added this one to the top! Well, it was an interesting story. I'll give it that. It has a Cinderella feel to it, but definitely with a huge twist.  I found it a little annoying when it would blatantly do Cinderella-esque things. There were a few things that I wish the author wouldn't have followed Cinderella so closely and think it would have come out a little more original.

At the beginning of the book the scenes were well thought out and set up. I wish it would have set it up consistently through the book. The end of the book was not well thought out and left me, at times, confused with the scenery.

There were a few things that I felt the author didn't wrap up and left me with a lot of questions. I'll have to read the second book, Enders, just to find out if she ever wraps those things up. If it weren't for those questions, I'm not sure I'd go read the second book.

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