Starters Series, Book 1

eBook - 2012
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"Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is a terrific series kickoff with a didn't-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats . . ." raves the Los Angeles Times. In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . ."STARTERS is a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story. Callie Woodland, the narrator, deserves a series, and happily I am sure she'll get one!"--Dean Koontz. .Kami Garcia, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels said "Fans of The Hunger Games will love it."
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780307975232
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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The first in a series: Starters and Enders. Due to list quantity restrictions, the remaining books in the series are not in the list. Read (or read about) the first book to get you started. If you enjoyed the book, search for the following books in the catalog.

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Jun 17, 2018

Clever premise somewhat artfully achieved, but something was missing in this story. I couldn't really relate to our protagonist, and though it might be a cautionary tale about the actual divide between adult and teen sensibility, a more nuanced approach might have been more effective. It is written from a teen point-of-view, so understandably unequivocal. Well now I'm doing it too!

Jul 09, 2015

omg i love this book. probably one of my top 5 it's has 2 books in the series but so much happens it's crazy! This book was written so good it feels like ur living her life with her like her renter #2. I recommend this book to anyone who likes hunger games, divergent, uglies or matched. it has romance,action,adventure and more..

Mar 11, 2015

Amazing book!!!

Oct 08, 2014

Great story! Can't wait to read the next in series: Enders!

vmccreedy Aug 09, 2014

In Callie's world, there are only kids and seniors. All the in-betweens, not having been vaccinated in time, have been wiped out by a biological war. Callie's parents were far from being rich, so when they died, she and her brother Tyler became squatters and scavengers, hiding from the Marshals so they won't be institutionalized. When life became too much, Callie turns to the Body Bank, a hush hush organization where you can rent out your body to seniors who want to experience being young again, in exchange for money, a lot of money. Just imagine, sleeping in a bed again...
The first two rentals went fairly smoothly. You're basically asleep for the whole time and you don't feel or remember anything, but something went wrong during her final rental. Callie gained control of her body in the middle of the rental, and found out why this senior wanted to rent her: murder!
Starters delivered on its killer premise, and I haven't read anything this gripping for a long time. The story had the usual dystopian thing where the characters uncovered a big conspiracy, but at least the plot thickened page after page and built up naturally. Even some of the plot conveniences can be explained at the end, so the sequencing is quite good. All the touchy-feely stuff is done just to the right amount, and it's all the little scenes that manage to pack so much emotions in them. While it's clear that the author is priming for a sequel, the first book does end and finishes the story properly. Looking forwards to the sequel.

Sep 16, 2013

I loved this book, if you did too I would recommend Coda by EmmaTrevayne. Also follows the future theme and a teen changing the world.

Sep 09, 2013

I loved this book. I could not put it down for a second and ended up reading it in less than a day. Starters had an interesting view of the future. I can't wait for the next book.

Sep 08, 2013

Starters is a YA adventure/mystery set in a futuristic Los Angeles. Ignore the cover- although creepily gorgeous it has nothing to do with the story. Which, by the way, is fairly creepy in concept.

I thought the book had a unique concept, and it wove some wonderful Cinderella re-telling moments in there. The Starters (teens) and Enders (those in their hundreds- everyone lives longer in the future) are contrasted in a way that reflects the socioeconomic contrasts of today: if we eliminate the middle class (or in the book, those between the ages of mid-20's to 100), what happens?

I was glad that this wasn't a stand-alone, but the first novel in a series. There were parts that were a bit Deus Ex Machina, but then Price would turn your expectation on its head with some new revelation.

I really liked that Callie realistically was more concerned with the survival of her brother (and self) than taking down an evil corporation. Her voice seemed genuine, and believable.

Overall, I recommend this for fans of techno-dystopian YA, realistic female protagonists, overlapping mysteries, and good, creeptastic villains. Honestly, The Old Man freaked me out more than he freaked Callie out (if, after getting to the last page, you don't shudder in revulsion, you have a heartier stomach than I do).

Aug 27, 2013

Changed my view on the future!

Anita Popescu
Aug 18, 2013

Although this novel is getting mixed reviews, I personally really enjoyed this read, because the ending was really satisfying (except for the last chapter or so, which screams for a sequel!) In any case, I thought that the plot was quite well-developed and straightforward, and that the technology in this sci-fi world was really creative and made sense! My only concern was that the author didn't really describe the Spore War in much detail, but perhaps that is revealed in the sequel, which I just might read!

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Jun 02, 2019

A good dystopian novel.

Jun 17, 2014

"When hawks cry, it's time to fly."

Aug 27, 2013

"Not sure I'm doing the right thing"

Anita Popescu
Aug 20, 2013

"I wanted to say something, at least wave goodbye. Blake couldn't see me through the dark-tinted windows. All I could to was watch him stare at the windows, searching, finding nothing. Deep disappointment fell across his face as our car pulled away.
It wasn't until we had a little distance that I noticed he was holding something in his hand.
My shoe."

May 15, 2013

When hawks cry, it's time to fly.


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Aug 27, 2013

Giving out her body as a suit Callie finds herself in a difficult situation!


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