Author: Lissa Price
Received from: NetGalley
Release date: March 13, 2012
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. .
A massive war has savaged the nation and they are only two kinds of people who are left, the young-Starters and the old (very old)- Enders. They are lucky enough to have been vaccinated when the Spores Wars occurs. Unclaimed minor, those young Starters with no guardian or living adults to take care of them, cannot work , have no legal rights and are forced to survive on their own on the streets.
Callie is a Starter. When both her parents died during the Spores War, she is forced to take care of her little sickly brother, Tyler with little help from her friend, Michael. They are living in a an abandoned building, until the marshals come and claim the houses and they are forced to move out. More like kicked out actually. With no food to eat and starving, Callie can't bear to watch her sickly brother getting more sickly and lose weight everyday. So she went to this place, Prime Destinations where she thought they could help her. She could earn enough money at the end of the work to support and buy medical needs for Tyler. Prime Destinations is place where young teenagers rent their body for the Enders who are willing to pay a large amount of money to feel young again.
For Obvious reasons, Callie is reluctant to do so but she had to. The first and second trial went smoothly. Unfortunately, during the third rent, things don't go quite to plan, when Callie suddenly wakes up in a bar with a pounding head not knowing why she is there. She keep having blackouts and when that happens, her renter will take over her body and she will soon wakes up and found she is not where she is supposed to be. Then, she found out that her renter, rent her body to achieve her own personal goals- which include an assassination and a plan to blow the cover of Prime Destinations. Then, Callie pass out again. This time she woke up to find a gun in her hand. She realizes that this is all not what it seems to be and she is in a grave danger. All Starters are.
Then she met Blake. The handsome and thoughtful and most importantly, pass the real not renters checklist. She find herself spending lots of time with Blake. Blake treat her specially. They went horse riding and she will forget her problems and starts comparing herself to Cinderella thinking if Cinderella ever thought of telling her Prince Charming that she is actually a fraud. But things start to get pretty awkward and ugly when she finally know who the real fraud is.
This book has a quite predictable plot and the story are mainly told from Callie's point of view.I have no trouble interpreting the quite weird technology name like Z-mail or e-mail and Zing or text message. Seems like most of the technology has Z in the name. This book tells the story of most Starters and Enders but we don't get to see the middle, nor did we see any poor Enders. The end of the book is hanging me on the cliff and I really want to know what's going to happen in the next book! This book is suitable for everyone and perhaps the one who is searching on to what to read after the Hunger Games? The answer is This. Recommended to everyone!
Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book!