Goodreads : 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. . .
My thoughts : I bought Starters pretty much as soon as it came out and I was really looking forward to read it : the premise sounded awesome and guaranteed a great dystopian read. I really enjoyed this book eventhough it took me a while to get into it (but I guess I can blame it on the whole moving to a different country thing).
I found the plot very uncommon and well built. Starters was really creepy : can you imagine a world in which old people could rent young people's bodies ?? Well in Starters, only teens (starters) and very old people (enders) remain and rich people can use their money to live in the poor teenagers' bodies : soooo scary !!
Callie was such a great heroine : yet so young she's willing to do anything to protect her only living relative, her young brother Tyler. Indeed, this is why she chooses to offer her body for rental. To me she was a kick ass character in her own way ..
There isn't much romance in Starters but it wasn't a bad thing at all. We could say that there are two love interests though : Blake, a rich starter and Michael a friend of Callie's. Although, there weren't many romantic scenes in Starters, I am on Team Michael and I wish we'll have more scenes featuring him in the sequel.
I also can't wait to unravel the mystery of who the Old Man is ; I do have some ideas but I'm not sure yet.
Overall, Starters was a great dystopian read, packed with action and I very much look forward to know what will happen in Enders.