‘Starters’ review

Starters (Starters, #1)Starters by Lissa Price

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Release Date: March 13th 2012 – US and 5th April 2012 – UK.

A great, fast paced debut that kept me on my toes throughout.

In Callie’s world, a war led to am airborne virus that only the elderly and the young were vaccinated against. Without parents or grandparents, these kids were left to fend for themselves, hiding away from the marshals who arrest and take these kids to horrible institutions. With no money, and a sick brother, Callie knows she needs to do something to keep him safe so she signs up a body bank that allows old people to take over young bodies for a while to relieve their youths. But when Callie’s donor chip malfunctions, she wakes up back in her body but in someone else’s life, in the midst of an assassination plot.

There were a lot of things to love about this book. Firstly, Callie was a great character. She was brave, and strong and she was realistically motivated. She felt guilt when she needed but she didn’t let it eat her up. She knew there was a job to be done. In fact, she acted pretty realistically as a whole. There wasn’t a time I can remember where I shook my head in shock at her. And not in a good way, either. When Callie was on a mission, she was on a mission. Her love for her brother was wonderful.

The plot was great too. There was never time to get bored because we, as readers, were constantly taken on a rollercoaster of a ride. One chapter we were in a calm, normal scene and then BAM! We’re flipped to a car chase, or gun wielding, or prison break outs. It was great. Lots of intense chapters and ass kicking moments.

I enjoyed the rags to riches aspect of the story too. The mystery and the twists. They were great too. No one is who they seem…

I did have a few questions, though. Like how comes there are NO adults. Surely the scientists would have vaccinated themselves and the rich powerful people would have got vaccinated too. Why were no adults give priority? Like the ones with low immune systems or the mayor/president etc?

My only problem with the book, which isn’t really a problem, is that SO much happened and it felt like about three books worth of plot happened in the one. I would have liked time to get to know the characters and digest what had just happened. Sometimes I wanted it to slow down so I could really get to grips with it, but we flew through everything. It was all very fast paced.

Overall, a great debut and a series that will appeal to a lot of readers. 5 stars.

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