Saturday, February 25, 2012

Starters - Lissa Price (Review & Giveaway)

Synopsis: 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. . .  (From Goodreads)

I hardly know where to start talking about this book, there's just so much to it. It has layers and layers of story and meaning and lovely things my English Lit trained brain can go crazy for. But any way I look at this book, I'm just in awe of it. 


I'm going to start with the world that Lissa Price builds. I love it because the premise seems like it could be trying to fit in with some of the more popular stories circulating the YA field right now, but once I started reading it I never had the feeling that it was working to be a part of that. It was its own world, built completely for its own story-telling purposes and not just to appeal to the masses. Although the characters and relationships were Hunger-Games-esque, I got past that similarity pretty quickly. I loved Callie and I admired her for the strength she had, because there were moments when I'd just go, "Why are you not PANICKING???" This girl is smart and calm, and her instincts are spectacular. 


Then there's all the things that could inspire great discussion or spark great thoughts. The gap between classes, for example, is very prevalent here, and timely considering the disappearing middle-class. And, one of my personal, strange, fascinations could be deeply explored through this book - generation gaps. I'm still trying to wrap my head around what the gaps in this book mean for the characters and even for us as readers (if, of course, you are one of those people who thinks life mirrors fiction, or vice versa). There are only teens and the elderly (100 years +) in this book. There's nothing in-between or average in this book. You're young or old, you have everything or you have nothing.


Finally, the concept of living your life through someone else - or even offering your own body to someone who wants to be young again - is quite genius. I was a little worried about how Lissa Price would pull that off when I was going into it, but there was no need. It was wonderfully executed. That concept itself raises interesting questions. I could probably talk about ethics and human rights in relation to this novel for a very long time.

Here's the awesome trailer:


So, as an Ambuzzador this spring, Random Buzzers sent me an extra ARC of Starters and I want to give it to one of my readers. This giveaway is U.S. only and will end on Friday, March 2. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

In the mean time, check out Random Buzzers and the discussion post in which Lissa answers reader's questions! a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 comments:

  1. I probably wouldn't want to live a week in someone's body. It would be too weird. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

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  2. I would want to live in a celebrity's body for a week just to see how "the other half" lives!

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  3. Christina Kit. in the rafflecopter

    Yes, I would! But only for a short time, and only in the life of someone with lots of secrets that affect loads of people - kinda like going undercover in order to help bring them down.

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  4. This sounds so interesting and creepy lol I mean someone renting your body to be young again :O crazy. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway.

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  5. Oh and ugh that just seems too weird. Sometimes I say I wish I could trade places with someone but I don't think I would really want to live a week in someone else's body.

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  6. I am not sure. I guess maybe someone like Mariah Carey only cause I would love to be able to sing really well and have a great body for once.

    But, I like me enough to never want to be someone else.

    Mary

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  7. I would love to be in a guy's body just to see how it's like :]

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  8. i'm not sure who's body i'd want to be in. i don't know that i would want to live a week in someone else's body. it might be a little too strange for me.

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  9. if it were possible, I would want to be in the body of a vampire for a week.

    Thanks

    Antane

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  10. I love my life. I'm not sure I could switch with anyone else.

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  11. Living in someone else's body for a week could have perks but it would be too darn weird for me.

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  12. As of right now I am fine being in my own body but if I was really sick or unable to walk etc... I could see wanting to do that. I'm not sure who I would pick it would depend on the situation I guess.

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  13. At the present moment I like being in my own body.

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  14. I wouldn't mind living in someone else's body for a day. I don't know who I would choose, maybe Mariah Carey so I could have the gift of singing a key in tune for once in my life :)

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  15. I don't know who i would want to be. Maybe someone from another country just to see how they live there life. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm really exctied about this book.

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  16. I would switch lives with chloe moretz. she's a flawless human being. And I am pretty desperate to win a copy of the starters. Haha. It seems so amazing!

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  17. I don't know. It would be so fricking weird, but at the same time it might be a really...cool? experience. Hahah. I don't know if I could handle it for even a day, maybe an hour or two just to get into someone else's thoughts?

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  18. I don't think I would live in someone's body unless they were fake. Like, Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door. Then I'd have no problem taking over her body because then I get to have Cricket Bell <3 :) lol

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  19. I don't know--the idea (at first) is cool, but I might just want to stay in my own body. LOL.

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  20. If you could live a week in someone else's body, would you? Who would you want to be?

    At first, it's a cool idea but no, no one. I would me, myself, and I :)

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  21. If you could live a week in someone else's body, would you? Who would you want to be?

    No one. I would pick me, myself, and I. It seems like a cool idea, at first but, I wouldn't want to be in someone else's body :)

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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Starters - Lissa Price (Review & Giveaway)

Synopsis: 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. . .  (From Goodreads)

I hardly know where to start talking about this book, there's just so much to it. It has layers and layers of story and meaning and lovely things my English Lit trained brain can go crazy for. But any way I look at this book, I'm just in awe of it. 


I'm going to start with the world that Lissa Price builds. I love it because the premise seems like it could be trying to fit in with some of the more popular stories circulating the YA field right now, but once I started reading it I never had the feeling that it was working to be a part of that. It was its own world, built completely for its own story-telling purposes and not just to appeal to the masses. Although the characters and relationships were Hunger-Games-esque, I got past that similarity pretty quickly. I loved Callie and I admired her for the strength she had, because there were moments when I'd just go, "Why are you not PANICKING???" This girl is smart and calm, and her instincts are spectacular. 


Then there's all the things that could inspire great discussion or spark great thoughts. The gap between classes, for example, is very prevalent here, and timely considering the disappearing middle-class. And, one of my personal, strange, fascinations could be deeply explored through this book - generation gaps. I'm still trying to wrap my head around what the gaps in this book mean for the characters and even for us as readers (if, of course, you are one of those people who thinks life mirrors fiction, or vice versa). There are only teens and the elderly (100 years +) in this book. There's nothing in-between or average in this book. You're young or old, you have everything or you have nothing.


Finally, the concept of living your life through someone else - or even offering your own body to someone who wants to be young again - is quite genius. I was a little worried about how Lissa Price would pull that off when I was going into it, but there was no need. It was wonderfully executed. That concept itself raises interesting questions. I could probably talk about ethics and human rights in relation to this novel for a very long time.

Here's the awesome trailer:


So, as an Ambuzzador this spring, Random Buzzers sent me an extra ARC of Starters and I want to give it to one of my readers. This giveaway is U.S. only and will end on Friday, March 2. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

In the mean time, check out Random Buzzers and the discussion post in which Lissa answers reader's questions! a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 comments:

  1. I probably wouldn't want to live a week in someone's body. It would be too weird. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I would want to live in a celebrity's body for a week just to see how "the other half" lives!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Christina Kit. in the rafflecopter

    Yes, I would! But only for a short time, and only in the life of someone with lots of secrets that affect loads of people - kinda like going undercover in order to help bring them down.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This sounds so interesting and creepy lol I mean someone renting your body to be young again :O crazy. Thanks for the review and for the giveaway.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh and ugh that just seems too weird. Sometimes I say I wish I could trade places with someone but I don't think I would really want to live a week in someone else's body.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am not sure. I guess maybe someone like Mariah Carey only cause I would love to be able to sing really well and have a great body for once.

    But, I like me enough to never want to be someone else.

    Mary

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  7. I would love to be in a guy's body just to see how it's like :]

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  8. i'm not sure who's body i'd want to be in. i don't know that i would want to live a week in someone else's body. it might be a little too strange for me.

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  9. if it were possible, I would want to be in the body of a vampire for a week.

    Thanks

    Antane

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  10. I love my life. I'm not sure I could switch with anyone else.

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  11. Living in someone else's body for a week could have perks but it would be too darn weird for me.

    ReplyDelete
  12. As of right now I am fine being in my own body but if I was really sick or unable to walk etc... I could see wanting to do that. I'm not sure who I would pick it would depend on the situation I guess.

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  13. At the present moment I like being in my own body.

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  14. I wouldn't mind living in someone else's body for a day. I don't know who I would choose, maybe Mariah Carey so I could have the gift of singing a key in tune for once in my life :)

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  15. I don't know who i would want to be. Maybe someone from another country just to see how they live there life. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm really exctied about this book.

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  16. I would switch lives with chloe moretz. she's a flawless human being. And I am pretty desperate to win a copy of the starters. Haha. It seems so amazing!

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  17. I don't know. It would be so fricking weird, but at the same time it might be a really...cool? experience. Hahah. I don't know if I could handle it for even a day, maybe an hour or two just to get into someone else's thoughts?

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  18. I don't think I would live in someone's body unless they were fake. Like, Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door. Then I'd have no problem taking over her body because then I get to have Cricket Bell <3 :) lol

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  19. I don't know--the idea (at first) is cool, but I might just want to stay in my own body. LOL.

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  20. If you could live a week in someone else's body, would you? Who would you want to be?

    At first, it's a cool idea but no, no one. I would me, myself, and I :)

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  21. If you could live a week in someone else's body, would you? Who would you want to be?

    No one. I would pick me, myself, and I. It seems like a cool idea, at first but, I wouldn't want to be in someone else's body :)

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