Author: Lissa Price
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Mar. 13, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: ALA 2012
I was intrigued by this story. It started off good and stayed fairly strong throughout the entire novel. I was fascinated by the idea of teens letting other people inhabit their bodies for money. It was a bit of a sick fascination, because it was also disturbing, but I thought it worked well in the story. And what started out innocently (or, at least, as innocent as a body factory could start out!) soon gave way to something far more sinister and corrupt. I thought the narrative unraveled well and I was just as engaged in solving the mystery as Callie.
It had some intriguing plot twists as well. I liked how it felt like a blend of science fiction and dystopian. I could picture the setting in my mind and it was futuristic, but still had elements that made it feel like the world we live in now. And while I enjoyed this novel and finished fast, it wasn’t something that completely captured my attention. It’s probably not something I’d run around recommending and I might read the sequels, but I won’t pine away for them. If you like futuristic societies with elements of thriller, mystery, and some romance...you might like this book.