Author: Lissa Price
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (2012)
See how it all starts for Callie and Michael in Portrait of a Starter, an exclusive digital short story by debut author Lissa Price. PORTRAIT OF A STARTER is a perfect entryway into the world of STARTERS, and a must-read for fans who've already read the novel. STARTERS received rave reviews, including this from the Los Angeles Times: “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 sci-fi 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 . . .”
Oh, another crazy, fast-paced, incredibly awesome novella! I love a good dystopian book and this sure looks like one. It’s true that we don’t get to know much about Michael’s world and about what’s really going on between Starters and Enders—or even about what Starters and Enders truly represent—but the little information given through narration was so suspiciously curious that I, personally, can not wait to seriously start reading and discovering this book.
Price was clever by presenting this novella in the perspective of a male character, an important character, especially because the real action in it is endured by Callie, the protagonist, and the girl with whom he seems to share everything. I believe that, this way, we get to understand Michael a little bit more and, by watching his reactions and fears regarding what Callie is secretly doing, we also have the chance to better acknowledge his feelings for her. There’s a tiny hint of a love interest simply due to a certain jealousy he shows towards the person Callie meets with, and an evident despair by what she does without telling him a thing.
I really enjoyed how the places and the people were described, as a reader I want to feel like I can visualize everything I’m reading, and that happened for sure. The memory situation left me hanging on, thirsty for answers. The relationships and animosities between Starters and Enders also made me question a lot of things, and seek for more information. Overall, this novella was the perfect entryway to a complete different world that I can’t wait to know more about, and to two characters that seem to have much, much more to show. Thumbs up for this one!
«I hate being a Starter. Hate being sixteen. Hate being hungry. I wish we were allowed to work.»