Thanks to a blockbuster release of a movie, it seems that everyone is crazy about The Hunger Games trilogy! The Library now owns 38 copies of the first book and has already ordered 40 copies of the DVD. We don’t know when it’s coming out, but we are ready to take reserves!
So what can you read while you are waiting for your turn? Let me make a suggestion. If you loved Hunger Games, then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy Starters along with it’s sequel, Enders, which is due out in December. Starters is a futuristic story that takes place after a war (like Hunger Games), where a girl is fighting to survive (like Hunger Games), realizes her romantic feelings for an attractive guy (like Hunger Games) and eventually starts a revolt (like Hunger Games). Of course, the storyline is different, but the intrigue, the fast paced writing, and unethical treatment of teens is all there.
Starters is set in a futuristic Beverly Hills, California where – thanks to a shortage of vaccines and a horrible war – the only living people are the young and the old. Starters, who lost their parents in the war, have to find a way to survive. Enders, who are living until they are 200 years old, want to be able to enjoy the things they used to be able to do. In steps Prime Destinations, a corporate body-bank that offers free make-overs and large sums of money to any Starter who will rent out his/her body. The main character, Callie, desperate to care for her sick, younger brother, agrees to only three rentals. But what will she do when she learns that the Ender who rents her body plans to commit murder?
My colleague, Linda, and I were fortunate to be invited to a celebration dinner with author Lissa Price. We learned that this is Lissa’s first book, and she has already written the screenplay for the movie. Her publisher, Random House, is so excited about Starters, that they’ve created a book trailer which played during the previews of The Hunger Games movie right here in Chicago. So give it a try, and let us know what you think – we’ve already ordered extra copies of the book!
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