The hardcover, in its 8th printing.

In a near-future Los Angeles, becoming someone else is now possible. Sixteen-year-old Callie discovers the Body Bank where teens, called Starters, rent their bodies to seniors, called Enders, who want to be young again. But when her neurochip malfunctions, she wakes up in the mansion of her rich renter and finds she is going out with a senator’s grandson. But there’s no time to enjoy her fairy-tale new life, because she must solve the mystery of her renter’s deadly plan.


“Starters is a smart, swift, inventive, altogether gripping story. Callie Woodland, the narrator, deserves a series and I’m sure she’ll get one!” Dean Koontz

“A very good read, a sparkling choice!” SFWA Grandmaster Harlan Ellison

“The only thing better than a terrific concept is one that is as well executed as “Starters.” Readers who have been waiting for a worthy successor to Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” will find it here. Dystopian science fiction at its best, “Starters” is a terrific series kickoff with a didn’t-see-that-coming conclusion that will leave readers on the edges of their seats, waiting for the second and final book, “Enders,” which will be out this year.” Susan Carpenter, LA Times

“This one has definitely gripped my attention… I strongly recommend this book…” The

“…chilling and riveting debut… with exquisite pacing, Price weaves a tale of intrigue… A page-turning first novel about the quest for youth and beauty — at the cost of one’s life, soul or treasure.” Jennifer M. Brown, children’s editor, Shelf Awareness

“Newcomer Price launches a dystopian series that offers…a notable command of technique. Raising questions about class, property, and body/mind separation, Price’s thriller features well-crafted tension, believable villains, and moments of stolen sweetness.” Publishers Weekly

“…twists and turns come so fast that readers will stay hooked. Constantly rising stakes keep this debut intense.” Kirkus Reviews.

“Starters is a dystopian read you’ll want to snatch up for yourself . . . With its intriguing plot-twists and dash of romance, Lissa’s novel is a bona fide pageturner that proves you can’t take anything – or anyone – at face value.”’s Hollywood Crush

“Price is a gifted writer.” Lionel Shriver, The Book List, The Week Magazine.

“…twists along with multiple-identity switcheroos and chase scenes worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster – the inevitable sequel can’t appear soon enough.” Booklist

“Adrenaline-spiked action and cyber-punk intrigue combine in this sci-fi thriller.” Barnes & Noble, Best of the Month

“Fast-paced, romantic and thought-provoking, the jaw-dropping ending left us starving for a sequel.” Justine Magazine

“Its generation versus generation conflict makes Price’s first novel an obvious companion to The Hunger Games, and its fast pace and resourceful female protagonist extend this comparison.” Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston, School Library Journal

“For the next, best entry into the crowded future-dystopia teen novel genre, look for Starters by Lissa Price.” Los Angeles Times Spring Preview: Books

“Hard to imagine a young adult reader who would not be interested in this book” VOYA

“The concept is compulsively gruesome… Price develops her plot and characters with tight, punchy writing and a sure, confident touch. There must be a movie in this – a Cocoon for the computer generation.” The Daily Mail

Random House Children’s Books, Delacorte, published Starters and the sequel Enders in North America. It also came out in over thirty countries including Germany, Italy, U.K., Taiwan, Korea, Portugal, Canada, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, France, Hungary, Holland, Thailand, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, The Philippines, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, India, Greece, Russia, Indonesia, Romania, Japan, Iceland and most recently China. Both STARTERS and ENDERS are international bestsellers.

A live action book trailer played before The Hunger Games movie in several cities across the US, the UK and the Philippines.


SoCal Indie Bestseller List

Pacific Northwest Indie Bestseller List

Bestseller list in Taiwan; in the 6th printing. France, others.

Barnes & Noble Teen Pick of the Month for March

Amazon Best of the Month in Young Adult for March

Barnes & Noble: The Best Teen Books of 2012.

A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 

The Crimezone Award for the Best YA Thriller (foreign) in the Netherlands.

Eselsohr Award in Germany for The Best YA Book of 2012.

LAPL — Best Teen Books of 2012.

The Chicago Public Library picked Starters as one of the Best of the Best 2012

Starters was chosen to be on several state reading lists – the IRA list, and Florida State (0n both the YA and MG lists), Missouri and New Hampshire.

French readers picked Starters as one of their twelve favorite books of the year, only one of two YAs.

Scholastic Book Fair and book clubs special edition paperback with the original hardcover art.  

Hypable Summer Reading List – science fiction

The official Random House site is The covers to the e-stories are displayed there: “Portrait of a Starter,” “Portrait of a Marshal,” “Portrait of a Donor.”

Personalized, signed copies are available by calling Once Upon a Time Bookstore in Montrose, CA.

The Read of the Year by a high school in Canada where over 1100 students and faculty read it in two weeks.