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Nach einer unvorstellbaren Katastrophe gibt es nur noch sehr alte und junge Menschen. Mittellos kämpfen die 16-jährige Callie und ihr kleiner Bruder auf der Straße ums Überleben. Callie entschließt sich daher zu dem Undenkbaren: Sie verleiht ihren Körper an einen alten Menschen, dessen Bewusstsein übernimmt ihren Körper und kann so wieder jung sein. Doch alles verläuft and...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 12th 2012 by IVI (first published 2012)
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
These days it is hard to write a dystopian YA and have it stand out. Starters did not have that problem; it was impressive from start to finish.

In the first few pages, we are immersed in the dangerous world where Callie, the protagonist of the book, lives. There has been a horrible war where the US has fell victim to a terrible biological attack, where only the elderly and young have been vaccinated. Unsurprisingly, this leaves the young to fend for themselves. Callie is forced to make some toug...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker
corrected for spelling error (that was nicely pointed out to me... thank you!!)

I had issues with this book. Sometimes I can get into the story, the characters, and overlook the issues with the world building. This was not one of them. I tried. I really did. But yes, it is another review full of ???????

THE WAR

Why was there a war?

What kind of spores were put in the missiles?

What kind of missiles were used? It couldn’t be one with an explosive head since spores are vulnerable to heat and explosio...more
Reynje
2.5 stars

The description of Starters immediately snagged my attention: teenage donor bodies, elderly renters, a vaguely sinister business commercialising on desperation, poverty and the allure of eternal youth for hire.

I think it’s a strong idea and ripe for ethical discussion, in this case examined through the lens of a post-apocalyptic/dystopian world where the fallout from biological (I assume) warfare has rendered life precious, and youth a commodity. The balance of power has been drastical...more
Wendy Darling
This was pretty entertaining, if a bit sketchy on some of the details. Still, there's a very interesting twist at the end that I didn't see coming! And I will definitely be reading the sequel. Review to come.
Giselle
First I have to say how surprised I was to see this cover in real life. It's such a reflective shiny silver/white that you can see yourself in it. I mean look at it -I love it!



Inside this flashy cover, Lissa Price has written a fun, original dystopian that reminded me a bit of The Host (one of my favorite books ever), and even though the world itself could use more details, the story is highly entertaining.

After a war that only left children and seniors alive, Callie, orphaned, has decided to d...more
Sandra
I had incredibly high expectations about this book, so obviously I thought I'd be disappointed.. But I was wrong.

I absolutely loved Starters . It is very rare to find a book so original and complex in YA (lately), and this was a gem. The concept behind the story is really original, and I was instantly caught up in its world.

Plot-wise, it blowed my mind. I've read many dystopias recently, where nothing made sense, but Lissa Price created an amazing (and terrifying) undesirable future that captiv...more
Sam
In a dystopian society where a so-called ‘Spore Wars’ have wiped out all those aged between 20 and 60, Callie, our main character, is forced to turn to Prime Destinations, a facility in which teen bodies are ‘rented out’ for the elderly population. With no living Enders (those aged above 60) to claim for her and her sick brother Tyler, Callie makes a bold decision in an attempt to depart the life of squatting and scavenging. Leaving Tyler in the care of her friend Michael, she prepares for the u...more
Kat Kennedy
A list of things I would do if I were in some­one else’s body:

*Moon nun­ner­ies
*Spend a day doing nekkid per­for­mance art in ille­gal locales
*Yell at peo­ple ran­domly that they can’t han­dle the truth
*Trick var­i­ous peo­ple into skinny dip­ping with peo­ple and then steal their clothes.
*Ran­domly strip on trams and use the pole to dance

A list of things old peo­ple would appar­ently do in my body:

*Drink/Club
*Sports
*Sex
*Bungee Jumping

If any­thing is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the gen­er­a­tion gap –...more
Thien Thanh
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Jennifer Rinehart
Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to harsh on a book you don't like than it is to write something nice about one you love?

I'm not even sure where to start with this one. I'm a third of the way through and so far, I love it! Have to get back and finish it.

Update:
I'm done and feeling a bit deflated. This book was so good, so exciting, so fun, that once I started turning the pages of the last few chapters I made myself slow down, I tried to really savor each moment, but there was so much...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
During the Spore Wars, genocide spores killed every person between twenty and sixty years of age, thus reducing the population to Starters and Enders, those who were once most vulnerable. Since Callie and her baby brother Tyler have no living grandparents or any other family older than sixty, they are now unclaimed and squatting in a ruined building, together with many others. The only way for an unclaimed teen to earn some money is to rent their body for a month or more to an Elder through a co...more
John Dixon
What if you could rent your body -- basically go to sleep for a day or a week, while another person's consciousness "lived" inside of your body, skiing, skydiving, or skipping through fields -- for big, big bucks? No way, right? What a creepy thought...

Well, what if your parents were dead and your little brother was sick... really, really sick, and the only way to save him was go on into Prime Destinations and rent yourself out to a stranger?

That's the basic premise behind Lissa Price's fantasti...more
Jop
Jul 08, 2012 Jop rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jop by: http://www.lissaprice.com/?page_id=295
Really looking forward to this book. Think it will be a real page turner!!
A Very Striking Book Cover!!
Update- Was not disappointed after having read this terrific novel. Kept me captivated from start to finish and was difficult to put down. Full of interesting twists and turns with a very surprising ending that has me highly anticipating Enders, the second book in the series. Definitely recommended!!
Suzanne Gates
I just read the chapter sampler and am completely engaged in the story. Actually, the first two or three lines in chapter 1 and I was hooked. The protagonist is a girl caught in a difficult situation and scrambling to save what family she has. She's doing it in a completely hostile world, with a few spectacular twists. What elevates this story is its take on the generation gap (and what a gap it is) and on the importance of staying compassionate in a world that has forgotten that children are ou...more
April
Straight up, you can’t trust the elderly, this is an important life lesson I learned from Lissa Price’s exciting debut Starters. Like, I hate to compare books, but I feel like Starters might be 2012′s Divergent. The two books aren’t alike plot wise, but they both have that up all night quality. I mean, I read Starters mostly during the week and was ITCHING to get out of work so I could read more of it.
Read the rest of my review here
Karen & Gerard
Starters by Lissa Price is really, really good! WOW! You will meet Callie, a young girl whose parents are dead, and her 7-yr.-old brother, Tyler, is very sick. Her only hope to get money is to rent her body out to old people to use. She really doesn't want to do it but gives in to help her brother. Everything goes fine at first, but then takes a turn for the worse! I devoured this book in just two days; kept those pages turning to see what would happen next. Can't wait for the second book to com...more
Von P.
Firstly, I don’t know how to begin this review. I’m not even sure if this review can justify this amazing story of Starters. Starters is a story you really don’t read every day. It is a story like no other. I certainly did not expect that this book left me no choice but to devour it entirely in just a minimum amount of time.

The world of Starters was almost perfectly written. It was very well thought out. Price was creative enough to ever think a future more challenging, more engaging, more bleak...more
Maiko
I'm counting down the days until the official book release comes. I don't often read books for fun except for physical therapy textbooks or journal articles, or quality books like Harry Potter, but this one I wanted to see the rest of the book (I am so fortunate to get my hands on the chapter sampler). Right away on the first page, there were so many intriguing information that kept me turning the pages. People are living far longer than the current period. There is snazzy technology described t...more
Kimberly Sabatini
I was given the ARC of STARTERS at the New York SCBWI Conference and I can't tell you what a lucky break that was for me. I am so excited to have gotten an early peek at this debut novel. My only complaint? Now I have to wait, for what is going to seem like forever, until I can read ENDERS and find out what happens after all those cliff hangers? *growls at Lissa Price*

Why do I love this book? Starters has amazing characters, a very unique setting and a super exciting plot. But the best part is...more
Derek
When I read the chapter sampler of Starters, I was blown away. Starters is high concept, high octane. The voice of the main character (Callie) grabs you from the first sentence. Reading it reminded me of how I felt when I read Hunger Games: totally entranced and anxious for the next page and the next and the next. I know what all my reader friends are going to get for their birthdays next year. A copy of Starters.

Starters begins with a brilliant premise, which is that there are young people (st...more
Phoebe
Full review at the Intergalactic Academy.

Starters is Lissa Price’s debut, and it opens with one of my favorite conceits in near-future sci-fi: the evil corporation. I was particularly fond of the eerie dream-destroying company of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (less enamored of the one that appeared in Dollhouse, though I thought it was, perhaps, that franchise’s strongest feature), and was excited to see a similar trope employed here. Teen Callie visits a clean, stylish office to offer...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Super strong opening chapters with a premise similar to TV’s Dollhouse which although interesting, threw up more questions than answers.

Starters shines the spotlight on a section of society which is sometimes overlooked or given the least respect but which will in future be the most powerful: the old. One day there will be fewer young people to support the ever-increasing number of elderly citizens, and here we can see how things could change in their favour.

Starters are under 19 years of age, t...more
Colleen Houck
Wow! So loved the premise of this book! Creepy and fantastic. My favorite part was the end when she learned...Ha you thought I was gonna share a spoiler. Nope. But still loved the end! Who knew grandmas and grandpas could be so evil! There was some really cool forward thinking technology in here. If you didn't notice it skim through it again because it was really brilliant.
Kali
This book is amazing! I read it in one sitting through the noise of screaming children playing, so you know it had to be good to keep me from being distracted and into the story! ^_^

I really loved every character in the book. I loved the Enders that Callie "befriends" as "Helena". I loved Blake. (view spoiler) Blake is a 'real teen' that Callie befriends while she is still in her rental perio...more
Sara
Starters by Lissa Price is set in a dystopian society where a virus has killed everyone over the age of 20 and under the age of 60. Children who do not have grandparents live like fugitives running from the marshals who want to lock them up in institutions. Callie, in order to make money to care for her little brother sells herself to Prime Destinations, a company that rents the bodies of young people to the elderly, allowing someone else to control her body. While on her last rental Callie wake...more
Kristina Cardoza
Summary
Starters by Lissa Price is an excitingly addictive story! After the Spore War that wiped out everyone not vaccinated (everyone ages 20-60), Callie Woodland, a sixteen-year-old unclaimed orphan, is living in an abandoned office building with her younger brother, Tyler. Life is terrible--running from renegades who would kill her just for a cookie, living in a cold, abandoned office building with no clean water, heat, or food, and hiding from marshals that want to institutionalize them and...more
Meagan
This book is quite possibly everything wrong with YA.
1) First off, it borrows heavily, to say the least, from a late noughts television program which no one watched (Dollhouse)
2) However, it chastens it, makes it boring-- these borrowed bodies aren't for banging the gardner, natch
3) An ill-defined plot/world-building (if I hadn't read the author lived in Southern California, I would be convinced she'd never been to Southern California and she just picked Beverly Hills because people would know w...more
Kara
Starters by Lissa Price
Review by Kara Grant
Here is a link to an interview Lissa provided from last year to give a preview of Starters: http://presentinglenore.blogspot.com/...


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...more
Katie Ellis
A good book is hard to come by. After my friend's high praise and insistence that I read this book I thought to myself WHY NOT?

The beginning reminded me of The Host (Stephanie Meyer), that's what made me want to read on. I was a little annoyed with how she would go into detail of what she had for breakfast that morning. She got her bowl out of the cupboard, poured in the milk. That sort of thing. Why do I need to know that?

Despite all that, what intrigued me most about this book was the whole R...more
Della

Starters is a futuristic novel in which the world only has kids, teens, and senior citizens. The Starters are the kids and teens, and the enders are the senior citizens. The government developed a vaccine for a particular kind of germ warfare that would probably be used on their people. There weren’t enough vaccines for everyone so they started with the weak. They vaccinated the young and the old first and left the others until last. Before the others could be vaccinated however, the bomb goes o...more
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Lissa Price’s debut novel STARTERS is an award-winning, international bestseller published in over thirty countries. Dean Koontz called this YA futuristic thriller “a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” The LA Times said it is “Dystopian science-fiction at its best,” and “Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to ‘The Hunger Games’ will find it here.”

STARTERS was a...more
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Enders (Starters, #2) Portrait of a Starter: An Unhidden Story (Starters, #0.5) Portrait of a Marshal: The 2nd Unhidden Story (Starters, #1.25) Portrait of a Spore: The 3rd Unhidden Story (Starters, #1.5) Portrait of a Donor (Starters, #1.75)

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