Starters by Lissa Price Review

Lissa Price

Publication Date:
March 13, 2012

Random House Children’s Books

Hardcover, 352 pages

CAD $19.99

A finished copy was provided by Random House Canada for review! Thank you!




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. . . .

About The Author

LISSA PRICE lives in the foothills of southern California with her husband and the occasional deer. Visit her at


Callie is an orphan but not alone because she also lives on the street with her brother Tyler, and neighbor Michael. Their will to survive is so much stronger now that the population only consists of teenagers who are called Starters and seniors called Enders. An underground organization takes teenagers for seniors to rent out their bodies for a given time. Depending on the teen, the Ender will be able to do things as bungee jump or drive fast cars, something their bodies aren’t capable of doing. In a desperate attempt toff money, Callie becomes a Starter and soon finds herself in a world where murder reigns supreme and getting out alive is the ultimate goal.

Started off rather well and i was excited when Callie was on her way to renting out her body, but the mystery that she was unwinding was weak. Now the premise of the story got me thinking.. what is with the organization that created this service and what’s the point? I couldn’t understand it. There are so many questions left unanswered that I was surprised I actually finished the book.

I guess I was hyped up about Starters in the first place and managed to come into it with high expectations. If was an enjoyable read, and I do wonder how everything will play out, so Enders will have to answer all my questions.

Rating 3/5


“My mother always said, look to how a boy treats his mother to see how he’ll treat you one day.”–Callie (145)

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