Starters by Lissa Price

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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
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Kami Garcia, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels said “Fans of The Hunger Games will love it.”

About Lissa Price

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LISSA PRICE lives in the foothills of southern California with her husband and the occasional deer. Visit her at
Published March 13, 2012 by Delacorte Press. 350 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Only one rental away from having the money to care for her ailing brother, Callie finds her chip drastically malfunctioning during a rental, enabling her to take partial control of her body back from a renter who plans on using her for murder.

Feb 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

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When Callie sells her body as a rental, to be occupied by the mind of a wealthy Ender, all she knows is that the fee will pay for a place to live afterward.

Apr 30 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters


As if that doesn't sound bad enough, Calli soon discovers that her renter is plotting to kill the senator while in her body, which will surely get Calli killed as well.

May 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

Teen Reads

Then, when Callie regains consciousness holding a loaded gun in her hands, she realizes that Mrs. Winterhill has rented her body not for fun, but for murder.

Mar 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

City Book Review

I also really liked the setting because it takes place in a future that is very probable.

Nov 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

Deseret News

In "Starters," teens can rent out their bodies temporarily to Enders who use them to experience youth again.

Mar 17 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

SF Signal

The first printing sold out, it was on Locus magazine’s recommended reading list, there is both a French and German edition coming out, and most importantly, I’ve heard from a lot of readers who enjoyed it.Read the rest of this entry.

Mar 14 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

BlogHer 5 Kat is back in a classroom, fingers crossed that day 1 is good.

Nov 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

The Overflowing Library

Callie wakes up in her body whilst out on hire and soon realises that her temporary owner wants to do something quite sinister whilst in her body and despite Callie's best efforts to depose of the guns and weapons that she keeps finding after blacking out her owner seems to be winning and getting...

Apr 05 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

Arlington Library

Here Callie starts on an unwilling adventure to unravel the corrupt intentions of Prime Destinations, leaving everyone she cares about in serious danger.

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Verve Girl

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again.

Apr 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Starters

Bottom Line Book Reviews

She can hear the renter’s voice in her head whispering one warning, “Don’t go back to Prime Destinations.” Now, on the run but with her renter’s resources and a helpful new friend named Blake, Callie must figure out the evil aspirations of the Old Man who owns Prime Destinations before her li...

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Teen Writers Blog

Back in January, I got my hands on an advanced copy of Starters, the new dystopian YA novel by debut author Lissa Price.

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