by Lissa Price
Source: Random Buzzers
Format: Paperback ARC
HER WORLD IS CHANGED FOREVER
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. . . .
*SPOILERS THIS REVIEW*-sorry, I just couldn't really do it without them. While you must highlight to read them, you've still been warned. They aren't huge and the don't necessarily ruin it (because I only read 1/2 the book) but if you don't like to know anything don't read.
Yes, I didn't finish...PLEASE DON'T KILL ME! I feel as if I'm the only one to not finish! I think I might start a riot :P Oh well.
Look, its not that it was awful, because it wasn't. I actually was really, really interested for the first half. And then came the second half and I just kinda went mehh.....Look, the premise is beyond creepy. Um...I sure as heck know that I don't want some old person renting my body. I don't care how much money I get! Alright, scratch that. I do get a free makeover and it is a lot of money, but still. BEYOND CREEPY! But, to be honest, thats what kept me interested! I wanted to know what was going to happen. Especially after I learned about the whole assassination plan. I was like WHAT?!?!? but then that plot point got all sorted out and it just kinda went down to meh....I didn't really care about the new plot. That one plot point was what kept me going because I was like "YES! whats gonna happen?!" (again, unhealthy obsession with assassins) but then it was resolved pretty easily and a new plot was added and it just went downhill from there.
And the romance....meh....(seems to be my favorite word for this review). The guy seemed nice, but I didn't feel like we got to know him. We learn that he's nice but thats pretty much it. I want a hate turned love romance or at least add some spice or tension or heck, flesh him out enough so that I like his sweetness and caring attitude. However, with this lack of depth, I couldn't even come to love how sweet he was.
Also, there was one other thing that really bothered me, but perhaps I missed something so I was hoping that those who have read this could help me. Helena wanted her body so she could use it to do a job but her connection was faulty. She was supposed to have full control over Callie right? So she could do whatever and then Callie would deal with the consequences. But how come when she got it fixed, she couldn’t take over again, she could only talk to her? Did I miss something?
The first half of the book was really interesting. But after that little plot that I was so interested in got "solved" it just didn't keep my interest. I think I'll continue it again...maybe. Because I am still interested in finding out what happens but I'm not rushing out to read it. Do I still encourage you to read it? Yes. I've heard some utterly fantastic reviews, but its just not for me. I don't know if this has to do with my reading funk or if it is just because I read it after some absolutely fantastic books, but I'm just not feeling it.
All the best ♥