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Lissa PriceLissa Price has written children’s television for Jim Henson Productions and is an award-winning screenwriter. She lives in the foothills of Southern California, but has previously travelled the world; walking with elephants in Botswana, swimming with penguins in the Galapagos and travelling with nomads in India. When she sat down to write, she found that the most surprising journeys were still inside her mind.

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Starters: Another YA SF dystopia

Starters by Lissa Price

Starters, by Lissa Price, is another entry in the wave of YA science fiction dystopias, falling somewhere in the middle tier — not bad, but not really a standout either. The premise is that in an America trying to recover from biological warfare that wiped out nearly everyone between the very young (teens and below) and the very old, the elderly can pay to temporarily “rent” youthful bodies which they control via consciousness implantation. The company with the technology is Prime Destinations, led by a shadowy “Old Man” that nobody has ever seen. Sixteen-year-old Callie, living on the streets like many suddenly-parentless kids, is desperate for money to take care of her sickly young brother. She signs up with Prime Destination and her first two rentals go fine; she wakes up in Prime Destinations remembering nothing and none the worse for wear. In the midst of the third one, however, Callie suddenly wakes in her... Read More