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Title: Starters (Starters #1)
Author: Lissa Price
Year Published: 2012
Synopsis: In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first--the very young and very old.
With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as Enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life ... until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan....
Why?: This book sounds kind of like Dollhouse, one of those brilliant Joss Whedon shows that got cancelled after only two seasons. I'm interested in how Lissa tackles the concept, and in the world that she creates in this book. It seems like there will be a lot of sci-fi, and I'm always looking for the next great sci-fi book.
Expectations: I've heard pretty excellent things about this book, so my expectations are pretty high. I've also watched all of the Dollhouse episodes, so I've got a feeling I'm going to have to try not to compare the two and just appreciate this book on its own.
Judging a book by its cover: I love the colors on this cover, but it's just a very stereotypical cover for a YA book with a female protagonist. I would probably pick it up based on the colors alone, but it's not really anything incredibly unique that would catch my eye because of its uniqueness.