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. . . .

The Phoenix’s Perspective

The futuristic sci-fi story description grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, the story had a really slow start. I guess that’s a lie – it’s really slow for a big portion of the book.  I had to push myself at times to pick it up and continue reading.  Don’t get me wrong, the story is still interesting but the beginning of the novel does not offer the drama and excitement that the description implies.

However, once you get about half way through the book, the story picks up and hits the ground running. We find out how many things were actually accidents. We also find out which ones weren’t and why.  Callie finds herself seeing the important details that she didn’t see before (or just didn’t want to see).

We learn that some renters are just looking for a taste of youthfulness from time to time – trying to relive the glory days. At the same time, we see how far others are willing to go in order to live longer by starting life over again in the body of their donor permanently.

Although it has a slow start, Starters definitely gives a new and different look at the age old hope of living forever, even at the expense of others.

Would I add it to the library?

The ending was definitely fast-paced and even unexpected at times, but the beginning was very slow moving. It might just be one of those one-time books – I don’t see myself wanting to pick it up and read it again.


Genre: Fiction – sci-fi, future
ISBN: 9780385742481
Rating:  meh

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