Monday, March 5, 2012

Review of Starters AND GIVEAWAY

I received my ARC copy of Starters by Lissa Price from Random House Publishing as a result of being chosen as one of their Ambuzzadors through their Random Buzzers website. The following review is my honest opinion of the work.


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, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . ."

So I was sitting in my dorm room, bored out of my mind since there are seldom any other ways of sitting in one's dorm room. My eyes were wandering around the limited space when a small stack of books caught my attention, sandwiched between my US Literature books I spied Starters by Lissa Price. I debated momentarily. My homework was done. I wasn't going to read any more Faulkner any way. I had the whole day ahead of me. It was no contest. And so I began reading.

From the first page I was drawn into the dystopian world that Lissa Price had created with no intentions of ever turning back. Talk about a page turner! Had it not been the early afternoon when I started, and only a couple hours later that I finished it, this would have been one of those books I would have pulled an all-nighter for. I couldn't set it down. I tried. Eating is important you know. But I found myself wandering around, nose buried in this book. I had to know, absolutely had to know, what was going to happen next. Would Callie figure everything out in time? I was literally on the edge of my seat.

Starters had it all. There was of course the dystopian setting that we all love, where something has drastically changed the world we live in and the main character is put in the position to do something about it but there was more. There was a mystery aspect to it, you had no idea why things were going down the way that they were but you followed Callie as she uncovered clues and tried to piece together what exactly her renter has in store for her. There's the science aspect that leads you to ponder where our scientists will take us one day, just how far can these guys go? What can science do? And of course, the one constant in the books I love best, romance. But that's all I'm going to say about that.

It had some of the same feel to it as The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson [one of my absolute favorite books, hands down, EVER] and Lauren DeStefano's Chemical Garden series. There was something medically wrong, the dystopian world had pushed science too far and now the question was where it could be stopped. Just how far is too far? I'm giving Starters by Lissa Price a four out of five stars review and crossing my fingers that when the time comes I'll be considered for an ARC of it's sequel, Enders.

Did I happen to mention that I have a second ARC of Starters by Lissa Price courtesy of the awesome Random House? No? Well I do! And you can win it! All you have to do is comment below, leaving an e-mail address of course so I can reach you, and live in the US. [Sorry lovelies, I just can't afford international shipping right now but stay tuned for my Blogoversary giveaway in May when you guys will have your chance!] And though it's not required I would really appreciate it if you would review the book either on your blog or goodreads, or even just spread the word about the awesomeness that is Starters. Good luck!

This contest will end on Friday, March 9th at midnight. I will choose the winner using and e-mail them shortly after. The winner will have forty-eight hours to confirm and send me their address or another winner will be chosen.


  1. Thanks for this giveaway!! I can't wait to read Starters!!!


    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. Please enter me in this super fabulous giveaway!

    Thanks so much. You AND Random House rock my socks off! ;-)

    Amy at Lady Reader's Bookstuff
    amydelrosso at gmail dot com
    GFC - lady reader

  3. Great review. Such an awesome book. I was an Ambuzzador too so I gave away my second ARC as well. Great minds! :)

  4. Thanks so much!
    Gfc Michelle Adams