Starters by Lissa Price
Thanks to the Spore Wars, Callie and her seven-year-old brother Tyler have lost both their parents and are now “unclaimed minors,” living in abandoned buildings with their friend Michael. They’re just barely able to stay alive, but the most pressing problem is that Tyler is sick, and Callie needs money for healthy food and a warm home for them. Out of desperation, she visits a secret company called Prime Destinations, which she heard about from a boy in their building. The company rents the bodies of teens (Starters) to aged people (Enders) so the older “renters” can experience life as a young and healthy teenager again. This is the only way she sees to save her brother, so Callie reluctantly agrees to be a donor, signing a contract for the minimun of three rentals. However, something goes wrong in her last rental, and she regains consciousness only to realize that her Ender renter plans to have her murder someone!
This book contains lots of plot twists and turns, which I’m sure will engage most teen readers. Right up until the end, we’re not sure about the supposedly evil owner of Prime Destinations everyone calls the “old man.” While I didn’t like this book as much as I had expected to, it was a quick read that will become popular among our dystopia and science fiction fans. The second book called Enders is due out in December of 2012.