Starters by Lissa Price
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I love dystopian books/films/etc. Lately, it seems it has been explored to death in YA books. Well, Starters offers a rather fresh idea.
As with most dystopian books, there was a war (of the biological variety here) and the only people that survived were the children and the elderly. In this universe science has progressed tremendously and people could live up to 200 years old. Children have barely any rights, they are called Starters. The elderly, Enders, have all the cards and the power. It is so incomprehensible that the Elders are so shortsighted. They are only concerned with living longer and not thinking about the future of the world at all. In their minds, they are the future. Children are treated as slave labor. They are also treated as host bodies. Enders looking to feel young again rent young kids bodies to basically go party. Callie, our protagonist, has decided to rent her body. She has a good reason though; her brother is very ill and needs urgent medical care. He is the only family she has left and she will do anything for him. Wouldn’t we all? But, something goes wrong and Callie discovers that her renter has decided to use her body for murder.
Lissa Price, the author, has not only come up with a rather original story (rare these days) she also made the book very interesting. Callie was a somewhat interesting character (meh meh), although I would have liked to learn more about her. The plot was somewhat-action driven and captivating. Where Price fails is in the development of secondary characters. These are merely cardboard cutouts and unidimensional. We don’t really learn much about them but for a few facts here and there.
The world building also needs more fleshing out. I want to learn more about the world they live in, the war, the society (or lack thereof), etc. I hope to see this in the subsequent books.
This is a pretty good book in need of some world and character building. It has a good premise and I am looking forward to the next one. My rating is, perhaps, solely based on the slightly original idea and not on much else. The world and character building are pretty bad, even for the main character.
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