Your body. Rented out. Used to murder.
Lissa Price is an award-winning, internationally bestselling author whose debut Starters is published in over thirty countries. You can follow her on Twitter (@Lissa_Price). Lissa lives with her husband in Southern California.
In this audio edition of Price's dystopian fantasy, in an effort to save her ailing brother and acquire some much needed money, young Callie-who lost her parents during the Spore Wars-allows her body to be used as a shell by senior citizens wanting to be young again. As a shell in a disease-ravaged world, Callie makes two terrible discoveries: that shells are dying and that orphans are being forced to serve as permanent shells. Rebecca Lowman provides well-paced, clear narration and captures the spirit of the novel's young protagonist. The voices Lowman lends to male characters are distinct and appropriate, but many of her female characters sound melodramatic. Ages 12-up. A Delacorte hardcover. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Gr 7 Up-Following the Spore Wars, 16-year-old Callie struggles to carve an existence for herself and her younger brother, Tyler, in a California where everyone between the ages of 20 and 60 has perished. Although many in this near-future society eke out meager, hopeless existences, an elderly, wealthy Beverly Hills population and their grandchildren continue their lavish lifestyles. Medical advances ensure that entitled adults live beyond the century mark, creating a self-absorbed, controlling "Ender"class. Too young to work, Callie is a "Starter" on the run, in constant danger of arrest by the marshals and attack by renegades. Adding to her desperation is Tyler's rare lung disorder, making finding a stable home environment imperative. Unable to legally earn money, Callie registers with Prime Destinations, a clandestine service where Enders can re-experience youth by renting the bodies of teenage Starters via brain implants and computer interfaces. Although Callie's instincts scream danger, several rentals of her body proceed smoothly. But a malfunction during a third rental causes Callie to regain consciousness while being inhabited, immersing her in the lives of the rich and powerful, providing a love interest, and propelling her to the center of the sinister schemes unfolding at Prime Destinations. Lissa Price's intriguing, fast-paced tale (Delacorte, 2012) is enhanced by Rebecca Lowman's flawless voicing of each character and perfect timing. Fans of dystopian novels will be completely engaged and clamoring for the sequel.-Rebecca James, Currey Ingram Academy, Brentwood, TN (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
If you're a Hunger Games fan, then move Starters straight to
the top of your to-read pile - you'll love it. * Metro *
The concept is compulsively gruesome . . . Price develops her plot and characters with tight, punchy writing and a sure, confident touch. There must be a movie in this . . . * The Daily Mail *
A bona fide page-turner. * MTV.com *
Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best. * Los Angeles Times *
This bleak dystopian novel makes a compelling read . . . Grabs the reader's attention from the first page * Booktrust *