The first impression of Lissa Price‘s Starters is the cover: A surreal, almost glowing teen girl waits with an unwavering gaze and pristine skin.

This perfection is a scheme. Wealthy Enders (the elderly) laser away the flaws of teenagers and then rent their bodies to re-experience youth. Callie, an orphaned teen who survived the pandemic Spore War, needs money to protect her sick younger brother. Renting her body her body seems like the best answer. But escaping the wasted streets and entering the opulent world of the rich creates dangerous problems for Callie.

Starters premise is engaging and my interest grew as politics, wealth and morality issues came up. The main plot is strong, even if the subplots waver, and its direct prose leads firmly to…the next book.




About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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2 Responses to Starters

  1. * I received an ARC of Starters from Delacorte Press.

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