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I really enjoyed the premise for Starters. I can already say I will definitely be back for the sequel! It kept me turning the pages and was action-packed with a pretty interesting mystery. The first section of the story went at a markedly slower pace than the breakneck speed at which the second half traveled. I must say, it was one twist after another!
One thing that turned me off, however and usually does, is the kinda-sorta love-triangle between Callie, Michael, and Tyler. I think it could have been handled better than it was, or even left out and the story wouldn't have suffered from it. I just didn't know enough about the boys to get attached to either one of them, and then there's the reveal which really puts a wall up between them. Generally speaking, I could do without instalove or a kinda-sorta love-triangle.
I also wish there was more world-building in this installment. We're pretty much flung right into this world leaving things a little vague going in. I would definitely love to know more about the war and the rest of the world, the reason there aren't any middle-aged people (I thought there was supposed to be a vaccine?), and not to mention more about Michael and Blake.
Regardless, if you're a fan of The Hunger Games (different stories, but I was able to draw quite a few parallels between Callie and Katniss) or the Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, you just may want to give Starters by Lissa Price a shot! After that cliffhanger ending, I'm really looking forward to Enders.
This book was read from February 18 - 22, 2014 and this review is also on Goodreads.