You can’t get them out of your head. . . .
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 mysterious figure known as the Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter.
Callie soon discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than she could ever have imagined. . . .
Only the children and senior citizens are able to be vaccinated from something, presumably an aftereffect of the Spore Wars, that kills off everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. Without any grandparents to take care of them, Callie and her baby brother Tyler are forced to live on the run along with Michael, a neighborhood friend, in order to avoid being locked up. Desperation leads Callie to Prime Destinations, a body-bank that circumvents laws that prohibit minors from working by giving them a stipend for donating their bodies to an elderly renter. On her third rental, Callie's chip malfunctions, and she learns that her renter Helena has notorious plans and that Prime Destinations is not all that they claim to be.
Callie is strong and independent. Caught in a difficult situation in a completely hostile world, she struggles to save the only family she has. All the decisions that Callie make are out of love for Tyler, and I love caring she is of her little brother. They have a great relationship. Also, I love how, even though they aren't present, her parents influence Callie as she uses the lessons that they gave her.
Michael is a great guy from what I can tell. However, he doesn't play a large role in Starters, as the focus is on Callie's involvement with Prime Destinations. Hopefully we'll get to see more about him in the next book. I'd also like to see more of Blake. Though it doesn't play a large role in the story, we also get to to enjoy a fun romance with Blake, a sweet, caring, gorgeous guy. He and Callie have a really cute relationship. Plus, there is a big twist involving him.
Starters is a phenomenal dystopian novel that sets a firm foundation for the fascinating world of elderly Enders and young Starters that has been created through the tragic consequences of the Spore Wars. In this futuristic world, the Enders hold all of the power, and the only things left for them to take is the youth of Starters. What really elevates the novel, however, is how it raises the questions of the ultimate price we pay for technology and how far we will go to get what we want.
Starters is a very enjoyable read that ends on a huge cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read Enders, the second installment in the duology.