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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  41,474 ratings  ·  4,403 reviews

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a my
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published March 12th 2012)
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Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
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Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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:

*Bungee Jumping

If any­thing is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the gen­er­a­tion gap –
Jan 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
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
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. ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I usually hate being wrong about a book, but right now, I'm ecstatic. Given the dystopia-craze surrounding us, I was afraid this book wouldn't live up to my expectations, so I lowered them. But after reading just a few pages, I knew I would absolutely love Starters.

In a genre that has become so popular in the last couple of years, it's only natural that some topics and tropes will be recycled and "transformed", but in the end we have the same of everything.

In my opinion, Starters kicks its fell
Jennifer Rinehart
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

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
Claude's Bookzone
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well that was a pleasant surprise!

A very cool premise where elderly people can rent the bodies of younger people to relive their glory days. Although it wasn't 'on the edge of your seat' gripping I was never bored. I even had a few moments where I made admiring 'ooooo' sounds when something quite interesting happened. I won't lie, it was predictable but that doesn't always equate to boring. The sci-fi concept of transferring people's consciousness to another body is brilliant and lends itself w
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
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Thien Thanh
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
“First Sara, then Redmond. Who else was going to suffer because of me before this was over?”

3 1/2 stars

I've complained a lot about dystopian books, but I feel like my complaints are understandable. It's an overpopulated genre with most books riding off of The Hunger Games and eventually, they all start to sound the same. With each new dystopian novel, they feel more and more like copies of each other and really, can we just not have another special girl single handedly taking on an evil gov
Suzanne Gates
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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!!
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
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Kimberly Sabatini
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mg-ya
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
Odette Brethouwer
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
What a great YA SciFi novel! I really like the idea of the story, and the book was very well-written. Will be reading Enders soon, realy curious to that!

I've read this in one day, a whole lazy Sunday. Lovely, this is what Sundays are supposed to be made of :)
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
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the characters but I wasn't attached to them. The writing style was smooth and nice. Some of the characters thoughts or actions did not make sense. The plot was very different from the usual books I read. This book is really different and for some reason, it is almost similar to the Host.

After the Spore War, when Callie was younger, her parents died. Callie, her brother Tyler, and her friend Micheal have to find a way to survive on the streets. Cal
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. ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Starters is another book in the YA Dystopian genre. I thought Starters started out well, but then the story line just had me asking too many questions. There were too many things that I just didn't get. With a lot of the dystopian novels there are certain world-building aspects that may be a little odd or unrealistic that you just have to accept before you can enjoy the novel. The key is whether you can move past it or not. For example, with Matched or Delirium, I find it unlikely that Society w ...more
Kristina Cardoza
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 a
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 peri
Jan 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
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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.”


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