When the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty, the children without grandparents found themselves alone and without any means of supporting themselves (thanks to legislations that doesn’t allow young people to work). Now Callie must find a way to support herself and her younger, very sick brother. Could Prime Destinations, a company that would pay her to “rent” out her body to the ageing Ender population, be the answer? Or is their offer of enough money to support her and her brother too good to be true?
The premise of this book hooked me from the very beginning. Last summer I went through a Joss Whedon faze and watched both Firefly and Dollhouse in about two weeks. (I highly recommend both series, by the way.) Starters has the same sort of premise as Dollhouse, which is what initially drew me to the book, but other than the premise (and it’s fondness for twists you didn’t see coming), they’re nothing alike.
One thing I really loved about Starters was the protagonist, Callie. Callie is everything I love to see in a protagonist: she’s brave, she’s smart, and she’s self-sacrificing. She does everything she possibly can to keep her little brother Tyler safe. I felt that I could really relate to Callie because she often did what I would do if I were placed in the same situation. Even so, she has her flaws. There are times when she comes close to breaking down, but she pushes through odds that would make most people crumble, and she does what she has to in order to survive.
The plot itself was slow at points, but overall was pretty well paced. There were times when I felt I could not put the book down because I NEEDED to know what happened next. There were a lot of little plots going on that built up to one larger plot, which is great if you’re good at keeping characters and situations straight in your head. The last fifty pages or so, however, were kind of disappointing. There was a work up to a big climax, and suddenly we went from a book full of showing to a whole lot of telling. At some points, it felt too easy. Some things fell in to place a bit too quickly.
Even so, the ending definitely made up for it. In my review of Above I mentioned how sometimes there can be a twist that completely changes your perspective of the book. Starters has one of those twists. It was something that I had a slight tickle in my mind might have been possible for the briefest of moments, but then there was so much going on that I forgot about it. AND THEN the twist was revealed AND I DIED.
Ever wanted to be emotionally compromised? This is the book for you.
Books with similar aspects
Shade’s Children by Garth Nix
Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
recommended to Joss Whedon fans, dystopian fans, and fans of really complicated romances
not recommended to those who don’t like sci-fi and prefer their romance with a side of normal
Don’t just take my word for it!
“Look, if you want to read a book where you will have REACTIONS and heart palpitations and feel righteous indignation, then obviously Starters by Lissa Price will be your jam.” April @ Good Books and Good Wine
“This is a really fun book and if you’re looking for an exciting read that really packs a punch this will be right up your alley.” Christa @ Hooked on Books