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Youthful appearances still matter in the future version of Beverly Hills and its environs as depicted in this fast-paced dystopian novel. The central idea is that senior citizens, many of whom top 120 years, exploit the world's youth in order to look good and relive their own teen years. Callie, orphaned along with her brother in a spore war that took out everyone middle-aged, is recruited by a corporation named Prime to become a body donor, letting an elderly woman possess her body for weeks at a time. She is hopeful the money will buy her sibling needed health care. Instead she finds herself in the midst of a plot to expose Prime's true evils, including the unethical treatment of starters, the name given to her world's young people. This story of those who are not what they seem twists along with multiple-identity switcheroos and chase scenes worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster. Romance also becomes a complication when no one can be sure who really resides in that hot body. The inevitable sequel can't appear soon enough. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: This lead title should benefit from heavy pre-pub promotion (videos, social outreach) and on-sale ballyhoo as well (author tours, theater advertising, floor displays, etc.).--Cruze, Karen Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Gr 9 Up-In a future United States and following the "spore wars"-an attack by Pacific Rim countries resulting in the death of millions of Americans-the world is populated almost solely by children and teens, known as "Starters," and by adults over age 60, known as "Enders." Advances in health and technology have lengthened the average human life span to 200 years and, following the deaths of those known as "Middles," the Enders are in control. As an answer to the fantasies of rich Enders, an enterprising company is offering young bodies for rent to the elderly. Callie Woodland, who lost her parents in the spore wars, considers Prime Destinations her last chance. By offering her body for rentals, she can earn enough money to move her and her ailing brother to a safe home where they might have the chance of living normal lives without fear of the government marshals who round up unattended minors and institutionalize them. When the microchip implanted in her brain to facilitate the body-rental process malfunctions, Callie becomes privy to a Prime Destinations plot to sell young bodies to Enders, and she embarks on a plan to reveal this murderous scheme. 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 (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.