Reviewed by April Kirkland

The Spore Wars have left the United States in shambles. The young known as starters and the elderly known as enders were the first to receive the vaccinations to fight the spores. As a result, citizens between the ages of 20-60 were wiped out. The “no minors working” legislation meant to protect enders from being pushed out of the workplace by more able bodied starters has made it nearly impossible for unclaimed minors to survive. With no living relatives to claim them,they are forced to squat in abandoned buildings and hide from Marshals to avoid being taken to the institution.

Callie is one of these unclaimed minors running and hiding with her sick younger brother Tyler and their friend Michael. Callie hears about a place called Prime Destinations where you can get paid under the radar by renting out your body to enders. Desperate to save her brother, Callie agrees to rent her body for a huge amount of cash that she plans to use to start a new life. All she has to do is get through three rentals. But when things take an unexpected turn, Callie wakes up in her own body but can now communicate with her renter in her mind. The things Callie finds out from her renter change everything and now she must find out how to survive.

Compelling from beginning to end, Lissa Price has built an eerily realistic dystopian world full of suspense and intensity. Starters is dark and fascinating, and I feel that Price has put a unique spin on dystopian societies. Her writing is superb with perfect pacing and momentum. The characters are interesting and strong.

Starters is full of action, technology, romance, and intrigue. I was constantly engaged wondering what twist would happen next and where this story might lead. I truly loved this book and can’t help but to linger on some of the questions I hope will be answered in the next book. I am eagerly awaiting the release of the sequel.

I highly recommend Starters to dystopian fans and young adult readers. I feel that this book also has great crossover appeal for adults. It is definitely my top read for 2012 so far!

Rating: ★★★★★ 

April is a stay at home mom and wife. She lives in a small county in Alabama famous for its peaches. She loves to write poetry, read, and paint, and is also an aspiring author.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.