Starters by Lissa Price
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Yet another dystopian series (at least there's definitely a sequel in the works, if not more books). The twist here is that the Spore Wars (enemy unknown) have led to a situation where adults between 20 and 60 have essentially died off, and those minors without grandparents (or great-grandparents, or great-aunts/uncles) are either institutionalized or living as squatters. Because this is set in Los Angeles, there's an even greater disparity between the really rich of Beverley Hills and everyone else.
Callie has been taking care of her sick younger brother, Tyler, while trying to avoid the marshals who will separate and institutionalize them. One day she hears about an opportunity to earn a lot of money as a rental body - Elders (and in this world, that can be anyone from about 90 through 200 years old) who want to re-experience a young body pay to have their brains "implanted" (via a computer chip) into a Starter (who could be 13-19 years old) body. Of course, things are never as easy as they seem, and it turns out that Callie's renter, Helena, has only joined because her granddaughter, Emma, has gone missing. Working with an amazing brain surgeon-turned-computer genius, she's had her (and Callie's) chips altered so they can communicate... and I'll stop there to avoid spoilers.
As with many of these series, editing this down to a good single volume would have made for a better read; having said that, this isn't a bad execution of a dystopian vision. There are some interesting twists, only a few of which were telegraphed from afar.
ARC provided by publisher.