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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lissa Price Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9780307968357
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An international bestseller published in over thirty countries, this riveting sci-fi dystopic thriller is “a bona fide page-turner.” --MTV.com

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.

Callie soon discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than she could ever have imagined. . . .

Praise for STARTERS:

“A smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author DEAN KOONTZ
 
“Compelling, pulse-pounding, exciting . . . Don’t miss it!” —New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr
 
“Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best.” —Los Angeles Times
 

“Intriguing, thought-provoking and addictive.” —BookReporter.com
 
“Readers will stay hooked. . . . Constantly rising stakes keep this debut intense.” —Kirkus Reviews
 
“Fast-paced dystopian fiction. . . . The inevitable sequel can’t appear soon enough.” —Booklist
 
"Intriguing, fast-paced . . . Fans of dystopian novels will be completely engaged and clamoring for the sequel." —School Library Journal

“Addictive and alluring.” —Examiner.com
 
“Chilling and riveting.” —Shelf-Awareness.com
 
“A must-read for fans of The Hunger Games and Legend. Fast-paced, romantic, and thought-provoking.” —Justine

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  • The only thing better than a terrific concept is one that is as well executed as Starters. Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games will find it here. Dystopian sci-fi at its best, Starters is terrific series kickoff with a didn't-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats. Los Angeles Times
  • Built up to a dramatic climax and a stunning twist, Starters is an addictive and alluring tale about human nature's darker side, and how far we'll go to get what we want. Readers everywhere will want to dive right in, and Hunger Games fans especially will find themselves hooked. Examiner.com
  • "This story of those who are not what they seem twists along with multiple-identity switcheroos and chase scenes worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster . . . The inevitable sequel can’t appear soon enough. Booklist
  • Constantly rising stakes keep this debut intense. Kirkus Reviews
  • Newcomer Price launches a dystopian series that offers . . . a notable command of technique . . . Raising questions about class, property, and body/mind separation, Price's thriller features well-crafted tension, believable villains, and moments of stolen sweetness. Publishers Weekly
  • Hard to imagine a young adult reader who would not be interested in this book VOYA
  • This action-packed novel is set in a twisted, hostile world and is a must-read for fans of The Hunger Games and Legend. Fast paced, romantic, and thought provoking, the jaw-dropping ending left us starving for a sequel. Justine Magazine
  • Starters is a dystopian read you'll want to snatch up for yourself . . . With its intriguing plot-twists and dash of romance, Lissa's novel is a bona fide pageturner that proves you can't take anything—or anyone—at face value. MTV.com’s Hollywood Crush Blog
  • Intriguing, thought-provoking and addictive. BookReporter.com
  • Chilling and riveting. Shelf-Awareness.com
  • Fans of The Hunger Games will love it. Kami Garcia, coauthor of the bestselling BEAUTIFUL CREATURES/Caster series
  • STARTERS is a compelling, pulse-pounding, exciting sci-fi adventure with a strong female lead. Don’t miss it! New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr
  • "Intriguing, fast-paced . . . Fans of dystopian novels will be completely engaged and clamoring for the sequel. School Library Journal
  • “A smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story.” 

    Dean Koontz

  • A smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story. Dean Koontz
  • The concept is compulsively gruesome. . . . Price develops her plot and characters with tight, punchy writing and a sure, confident touch. The Daily Mail
  • “A terrific series kickoff with a didn’t-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Price’s thriller features well-crafted tension, believable villains, and moments of stolen sweetness.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Constantly rising stakes keep this debut intense.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 2/20/2014

    " The protagonist is Callie, who has a an amazing adventure. There was a spore war that changed a lot of kids life. the only ones alive were eighteen and below,and sixty-five and above because they had the vaccination. Here parents died and it was just her and her brother. She lived on the streets as an unclaimed minor, a child who doesn't have a grandparent, for a year. Her brother is sick and needs money for him to stay alive. she found out about this program that gives you a surplus of money for sleeping, but it was much more than that. She would lend enders, older folk, her body so that they could be young again. She had already done two rentals but her third one was when everything went wrong.Her confusion made a great adventure and her love life made it just a bit more interesting. There definitely will have to be a sequel or else i will cry forever. This book was very well written and made you not want to stop. This book is just as good as Cinder or maybe better. Thank you Lissa Price for making a book that made my life at least three percent better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 T. Jackson | 2/19/2014

    " I didn't think I would like this as much as I did. Very good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Green | 1/29/2014

    " I think it's a great story! Sure I see a tiny little bit of the hunger games and the host in it but that makes it so amazingly entertaining! I couldn't stop reading and finished it in half a week. Lissa Price is a great author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noelle | 1/25/2014

    " I found the story to be very interesting. It started off great, the middle was okay, and the ending was a bit dissapointing, but not in that kind of way, only because of the whole situation with Blake?!?!? Other than that, the ending was good. The "old man" seems insane and I thought it might have been the Senator the entire time. But the last couple of sentences freaked me out. Was that actually her Dad speaking or was she just remembering something? Idk, all I kno is that I'll definitely check out the next one for answers! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim Kanofsky | 1/24/2014

    " This book really pegged the creepy meter for me...but I LOVED it! The concept of Starters vs. Enders in a post-apocalypic zone after the spore wars was really interesting. I cannot wait for the second book in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inge | 1/19/2014

    " "When hawks cry, time to fly." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Planas | 1/14/2014

    " I could see this being a movie! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lorretta Asantewaa | 1/10/2014

    " Its amazing. A little scary with the whole idea of someone in your body. i like it but i don't love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy Farmer | 12/28/2013

    " I thought that this was a good book. I lost track of it a little bit a few times, but it always lead me back into the story. The plot of the story did drag on a little bit, but it was a good story. I can't wait for the next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristen | 11/21/2013

    " The story was interesting... I'm really into that future world sci-fi stuff, so it was definitely the kind of book I liked. If you are into that kind of genre I do recommend this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melana | 8/3/2013

    " Starters is an easy, entertaining read. Alot of questions were not answered and the story could have gone deeper. Right now I give it a 2.5-3 stars and I'll probably adjust it depending on how the sequel is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morpheyy | 5/6/2013

    " Though this book would have been perfect if it had been just a bit more believable, I absolutely love the concept of rentals and the cool mask and scare tactics the Old Man uses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerry Bartlett | 6/21/2012

    " I read this fast, in one day, and couldn't put it down. I was tired of the dystopian thing but got hooked anyway. Interesting concept and now I have to wait till December for the sequel. Love/hate series. This was almost a stand-alone until the very end. Good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Weller | 3/2/2012

    " I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped, but I think it's no fault of the author's. I think I'm just outgrowing teenaged heroines. "

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About the Author
Author Lissa Price

Lissa Price lives in the foothills of southern California with her husband and the occasional deer.

About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won numerous Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.