Pub. Date: 13th March 2012 (US) 5th April 2012 (UK)
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (UK) Doubleday Childrens (UK)
Series: Starters (#1)
Readership: Young adult
Genres: Science fiction, dystopia
Sixteen-year-old Callie had to suffer through her parents’ death during the Spore Wars, only a few years ago. She is now a squatter, living with her little brother Tyler and friend Michael, struggling to survive. In an attempt to make her life better she turns to Prime Destinations, a company that ‘rents’ out the bodies of teenagers to over 60s who want to be young again. But a glitch occurs and Callie discovers what her renter really wants to use her body for…
Starters has a fantastic premise. Imagine if a ninety-year-old could rent your body for the day – you’re both hooked up to a computer – and do (almost) anything they wanted? If it were at all possible, I can see why people would choose to donate their body for large sums of money. After all, it’s just like sleeping, right? It has hints of science fiction but at the same time manages to feel like it isn’t taking place in the future. I thought this worked really well because it meant I didn’t feel as detached from the fictional world as I might have been. It could have been happening right now.
I thought Starters was a hugely entertaining book that quickly turned into a dystopian thriller. It throws up a lot of unexpected situations. I especially admired Callie for her courage and bravery throughout the novel; she is put into some pretty intense and frightening situations. Even when the love-interest, Blake, appears, her main priority is looking after Tyler and making sure he’s cared for and safe. She deeply misses her parents and tries to live up to their expectations, even though they’re gone, and remembers what her father taught her. She’s an extremely likeable protagonist to follow throughout this eventful story.
Starters is thrilling, action-packed and seriously creepy.Thankfully readers won’t have to wait too long to find out what happens next because Enders, the sequel, is published December 2012. You can view the book trailer here.
This book was obtained as an eGalley from Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers.