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Teens rent their bodies to Enders/Seniors,
This review is from: Starters (Paperback)
To begin with a brief overview, Callie, our main protagonist, lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother are on the run, living where they can with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a small morsel of food. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a strange clinic 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 is desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive and safe. She reluctantly agrees to be a donor-body. However, the neuro-chip that they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she regains consciousness and wakes up in the life of her renter. The life renter is one living in a mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels like a fantastic life, 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.
I found that Callie is an extraordinary character, still coping with the loss of her parents and desperately trying to keep her brother safe. She is a selfless character who risks her life by allowing her body to be rented out. For Callie, she feels, that she has reached the end of the line and it is the only way she can provide food and warmth and more positive future.
The book finishes on a cliffhanger, leaving the identity of one of the characters untold.
I was very much drawn to the amazing cover. I think it is creepy yet beautiful. It really depicts the two sides of Callie extremely well. It was one of the main reasons I picked this novel. A fast paced thriller with a storyline that captures your imagination. Well worth a four star rating.