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Source: eARC via NetGalley
Published: March 2013
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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. . .
This book was, in a word, freaky. The idea of senior citizens taking over teen bodies and living out their fantasies is pretty much one of the most disturbing things I've ever heard of.
In the end, this book left me with more questions than answers:
Why, when facing a world-ending crisis, do you allow the 20, 30, 40, and 50-somethings to die of the disease? Are there not brilliant minds in there that deserve saving? Why is it that only the very young and the very old received the vaccine? I mean no disrespect to the elderly, but doesn't it make sense to allow them to go when they've reached their last years instead of making them live to 150+? It seems very counterproductive to let the entire middle part of the population die.
I did not like that bit.
Also, what was up with the teases about Michael? I'd have rather had more of him and less of Blake. I never once bought the relationship between Callie and Blake and it kind of weirded me out from the beginning. Yeah, never really rang true to me. It was just weird and awkward.
There were other things as well, but I won't go into details because they're of the spoilery sort.
I did like Callie and thought she was a pretty cool character. I liked that she always put her family first, even at great risk to herself. I liked that she was true to herself in the face of great difficulty, even though she made some poor choices (poor choices in my opinion and ones that I can't honestly say that I wouldn't make too when facing the same situation).
Overall, this one ended up being 2.5 Eiffel Towers for me. I will totally continue the series, because I want to see if my questions end up getting answers.
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