“Reluctant Reader”J. Michael Lunsford Middle School Library wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Premise is good, writing needs a lot of work. It's dry and repetitive in pattern with too much showing.”Naomi C. Bradford wrote this review Sunday, September 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ After a genocide spore killed the majority of the population between the ages of twenty and sixty, all that is left of the population are Enders and Starters. For Enders, life has not changed much. They are well established, have homes, and are able to carry on with their lives almost as if there had never been a war. The only difference is they now live longer and often have to take jobs usually delegated to the younger population. For Starters who have lost their families, this means a life on the street with no hope of obtaining a job and little means with which to care for themselves. Callie is desperate to find a way to feed and shelter her sick younger brother. When she learns about Prime Destinations, Callie decides the potential earning opportunity outweighs the risks. All she has to do is allow a microchip to be implanted in her head. The microchip allows an Ender to rent her body for a specified amount of time, during which the renter can experience youth and vitality again. But when the microchip malfunctions, Callie learns of a desperate assassination plot in which Callie’s body will be used. With time running out, Callie must figure out how to stop a murder and disappear before her own life is taken.
This edge of your seat thriller is part fairy tale and part horror story. Readers will not be able to put this book down as it careens through the plot twists, intrigue, and a mild love triangle. This title would also be a useful vehicle as a discussion starter on class, personal rights, and ethics in scientific practices. Readers of Scott Westerfield will enjoy this title.
“Great premise with poor teenagers in a dystopic future driven to rent their young bodies out for the old and wealthy to get their kicks inhabiting them via a computer chip implant. But the implementation of the idea was boring to me. Other authors have made engaging stories out of the experience of being incarnated in a different, more capable body through technology (e.g. Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” and Morgan’s “Altered Carbon”), but here we are deprived of that experience. The host is made unconscious while the renter has their fun, and this story is a first person account from such a host girl.
My other problem is how far the author went to make her story suitable for the “young adult” classification. Given there is not so much as a “damn” expletive, romance peaks at a couple of kisses, and violence for survival maxes out with an arm wound, I presume the goal was to make it pass as appropriate for a ten-year old. Thus, it can never compete for the thrills of the Hunger Games, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, or The Maximum Ride series.
What you do get is some bravery, ingenuity, and mystery solving skills on the part of a homeless orphan girl, Cassie, in a scenario of class conflict after a biotech war has killed most people except the very young and the ancient. But the story moves so slowly and with little interesting action and lots of bland dialog. And lots of clichéd plucking of heartstrings over Cassie’s efforts to assure the safety of her seven year-old brother. Maybe I would feel differently if I were ten, but I think I’d rather read tales of Percy Jackson or even C.S. Lewis.
“It's like a.. 2,5 star..
I loved the concept but it missed something.. Maybe it's because it's written for a younger public but it just felt not deep enough. ”
“This is a book which had great promise but, for me, somehow never delivered. I liked Callie, thought the dystopian society was interesting though flawed (spore wars in the continental U.S. (mostly in the west) but no one else (Hawaii/Alaska/Europe/Canada/South America) comes to their aid, then abandons them to their fate, never checking up on them--huh? Believable-not), thought the basic premise of the mystery/horror was interesting, and thought it was all well written. However, the big reveal in the end was no surprise to me--I saw it coming immediately and figured out exactly what the scenario was by the mid-way point in the book (the only possible evil answer), and because of all of that I found it hard to finish the book--why bother I already knew what would happen. But battle through I did and everything was exactly as I suspected, which means that it was way too predictable. On the other hand, if I were the age this book was written for I would probably be totally sucked into the plot and find it gripping, so I gave it points for being a good read for the younger set. ”Maggie S wrote this review Friday, July 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“On the cover of this book, it says "Fans of The Hunger Games will love it." Fact is, fans of The Hunger Games should just READ THE HUNGER GAMES. This was a slightly-tweaked, less thrilling version of that story. I would not recommend this book.”Sunshine Dust wrote this review Monday, June 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Really good”Jane H wrote this review Sunday, June 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First in a Series.”CSB Summer Reading wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No