Starters series & Social Club series: giveaway

January 6, 2014 2014, giveaway, Uncategorized, Wendy 82

Today we’re giving away two different sets of hot new releases!


In the dystopian novel Starters, a desperate Callie signs up with Prime Destinations, a service that arranges for wealthy clients to “rent” her young body and live vicariously through her. But the renters are creepy and Callie just doesn’t know who she can trust. The sequel Enders is out tomorrow, and it’s a race against the clock as Callie tries to remove the chip implanted in her body that allows the Enders to control her actions.  I thought the first book was pretty fun, so it should be interesting to see how the story wraps up in the sequel.

What do you think of the redesigned covers, by the way? I liked the original Starters artwork, but it might’ve made Callie look a little younger than she actually is.

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“The Start-Up” interesting consists of three serialized novellas, a concept that seems to be popping up more and more.  The Social Code introduces us to twins Adam and Amelia, who use their smarts to launch a new tech company based around an iPhone app that controls all your electronics. In The Next Big Thing, they have to deal with the complications of Silicon Valley and each other as they try to get ahead.  With technology and young entrepreneurs and inventors on the rise, it’s no wonder that we’re starting to see more books about these subjects. Since these protagonists are 18, this series skews a little on the older side of YA, too.

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Win Your Choice of Series!

Thanks to our friends at Random House and St. Martins Griffin, you could win either one of these series. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling us which one you’d like to win (and why! Persuade us.), as well as fill out the Rafflecopter form. If you’re open to receiving either, please let us know that, too.

Open to US and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Please see the contest form for complete rules. Good luck!

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82 Responses to “Starters series & Social Club series: giveaway”

  1. Sierra

    I’d pick the Starters series. One, because the new covers are absolutely beautiful and would look great on my shelf ooh (i Know the how the old saying goes, but I just can’t help myself sometimes.) Two, because the only dystopians I’ve read are the really, really popular ones, and I don;t feel like I know of too many others ones that have a unique premise. But this one sounds great and very intriguing. A lot like the show DOLLHOUSE, which I loved while it was on air.
    Both series sound cool, though. I usually read post-apocalyptic/fantasy.sci-fi, so I don’t read a lot of contemporaries, but the ones I have read, I’ve loved
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  2. Noa

    I would like to receive starters because it seems pretty fly, and I can’t afford to get it on my own, and winning it would be my only shot at getting the series.

  3. Cordelia

    I would love the Starter series b/c I’ve heard such great things about it and have had it on my wishlist for sooooo long that it’s time I read it!

  4. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    I would LOVE to win the Starters Series! I’ve heard a lot of great things about this series and dystopian is my top favorite genre. I cannot wait to read this one!!

  5. Vanessa

    I would love to win Starters. I read the first one and really liked it… Still waiting to read the second one…
    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  6. Amber

    The book covers on the Start Up series makes me want to the read the books…. I haven’t read either series yet!

  7. Darith L.

    I’d love to win the Starters series because the concept of having renters buy your younger body is very intrguing. I love my dystopian dose! :D

    I’m OPEN to WINNING either. :D

  8. Becky

    I have heard a lot of great things about the Starters series but the other one looks extremely interesting as well. This is the first I’ve heard of it. I would definitely read either of them!

  9. Thomas

    A double series giveaway, how enticing! I think I’d prefer the Starters series because the concept reminds me of the novel The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna, and the covers also appeal to me.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Welll…I know THE LOST GIRL holds a special place in your heart, just as it does mine, Thomas, so I don’t want you to expect STARTERS to be something other than what it is. This one is more of a light scifi thriller without the more serious themes and emotional depth of something like TLG, although I enjoyed reading it. Think Divergent type rather than Hunger Games type, if that makes sense.

    • Wendy Darling

      Always good to have your own copies of books you love! I prefer reading print copies for the most part anyway, so. :) Thanks for stopping by.

  10. ashley

    The cover redesign of Starter actually made me think it was a whole new book. Last night I was looking at my indie’s YA section and I actually looked at my friend and went “OH MY THEY ARE THE SAME BOOK!?” And while I’m a little more interested in Starters, I wouldn’t mind The Start Up. Sometimes I get in the mood for “non-Ashley” books.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I know, don’t you hate it when you get fooled? At least you found out before you bought them again! I haven’t made that mistake with YA yet, but I’ve accidentally repurchased a few romances because they’ve been reissued under different covers. Grrrrrrrrrrrr.

  11. Tanja

    I have heard of both these series but sadly didn’t get to read them either. I’m really curious about Starters cause it sounds different and I love different. About the cover somehow I loved old ones more, I have no idea why. Great giveaway! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Definitely not a concept you come across often in books, Tanja–a few people have pointed out it’s similar to Joss Whedon’s tv show DOLLHOUSE, but it’s still cool to see it done in YA. I liked the first cover better, too!

  12. Kate

    I would love to win the Starters/Enders series! I’m intrigued by the theme of control that is highlighted in the book description. The topic of having control over our lives and destinies is definitely a relevant one, and I would love to review these books on my blog about children’s lit./YA and spirituality!

    Thanks for this giveaway! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      YES. I think it’s interesting when books explore permission/control and the consequences of taking/losing those. STARTERS definitely touched on that in the first book, and I’m curious whether that theme is developed more in the sequel.

  13. Rashika

    This makes me feel bad. I’ve had Starters on my to-read list forever. I really do need to start catching up on my to-read list instead of putting books off :P

    I’ve also heard of The Social Code but I am little worried it isn’t something I would enjoy. I am not that techsavvy and I figure I’d get lost with all that terminology.

    Thanks for sharing, Wendy :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh please, I feel guilty all the time when I look at the books on my shelves or on my Kindle. I try to keep ARCs by my bedside in order of upcoming releases for the most part, but I’m such a mood reader, though, that sometimes the release dates pass and I still haven’t gotten to them.

      • Rashika

        I feel guilty because I keep on hoarding books and not reading them. I have books I bought years ago and still haven’t ‘gotten around’ to reading. :P I can be a total mood reader but with Arcs I try to schedule things (because I am obsessed with organization and.. schedules)

    • Wendy Darling

      I would agree STARTERS is more on the fun side rather than the “spectacular” side, but I liked it the way I like action movies, you know? Sometimes you just want something a little less taxing and just plain entertaining, and the book did that for me.

  14. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Thanks for hosting another great giveaway! I would love to read Starters, it seems really creepy and these days, I seem to either read very creepy or very sexy books :)

    The other series seems pretty good too, but I’m not sure I enjoy serialized novellas. I read one a little while ago, and it was as if I was only given part of a book – which, in a way I was.

    Happy reading :)
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  15. Marnie

    Starters sounds really intriguing! I haven’t heard of it before now, but I definitely am a sci-fi kind of girl!

  16. Diamond Nazaneen

    Someone mentioned that it sounds a lot like Whedon’s Dollhouse series, and I agree with that! I have seen the Starters books around a lot lately but I admit I am Bit curious. I think both series sound interesting! (I’d be up for entering for both!)

    Oh, and I like the cover of the first book actually better. I agree she looks younger in it. :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, I was just talking to Rachel below you about the covers–I liked the unusualness of the original cover, although maybe if the drawing had been a little more filled in/substantial it might’ve worked better? Hard to say! Cover design is a fascinating job.

      Good luck with your entry, Dee!

  17. Rachel

    I agree with you, Wendy. The first cover of Starters might have portrayed the heroine a little younger than she actually was. But I think I like that cover a little better than the updated versions for some reason.

    I love novellas. I’m so pressed for time a short quick story that wraps up appeals to me sometimes. This one sounds intriguing! Thanks for the giveaways! :)
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    • Wendy Darling

      I think I like the original one better, too–I’m not huge on the super saturated/digital type covers, although I don’t hate this set or anything. Definitely good for collectors to get the set, though.

  18. Savannah

    Wow, the “Starters” series sounds a lot like Joss Whedon’s two-season TV series “Dollhouse,” and “The Social Code” sounds a lot like a riff on the movie “The Social Network”… both of which I love! :) I’d love to win either series!

    • Wendy Darling

      I think the premises are similar for both books and show/movie, but as far as I know the executions are totally different. Such great ideas, though, I hope you like the books just as much!

  19. Alise

    I am loving the cover redesigns for the Starters series but I am not sure the novels are for me-I think I am really picky about YA sci-fi. I can’t seem to find any that I like. Still, awesome giveaway, thanks for sharing!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, I liked STARTERS, but it’s more on the entertaining/action type of scifi, so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it if you’re pickier about the genre. Let me know if you ever do find something you like, though, I’m always curious what makes the exception for people!

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m an impatient reader, so I am not sure how I feel about serials, either! My tendency is to wait until they’re all out, sometimes I even do that with full length novels. I’m curious how well those models work, I still remember what a big deal it was back in the day when Stephen King serialized The Green Mile.

  20. Lucy

    Such a great giveaway! I like the Starters series and am tempted by this giveaway so I can have a matching set of books :) I think I like the redesigned covers a little better.

    I was surprised I had The Social Code on my tbr because the series doesn’t ring a bell with me. Sounds intriguing though!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, these publishers know what they’re doing with reissues, hee hee. I know some readers who collect absolutely every edition (including overseas ones) of their favorite authors, which is truly, truly love.

      And hah, that happens to me all the time. Sometimes I’ll leave a comment on someone’s blog saying “why wasn’t this on my radar?” only to discover that I already did have it on my TBR. The perils of being a book hoarder. :)

  21. Stephanie Garcia

    I would like to win the Starters series. I really enjoyed reading this because it isn’t like most YA books where the romance overshadows the whole story line. There was enough to keep you satisfied but the focus was on the story. I also liked that the book has some creepiness to it. I never lost interest throughout and the ending made me really excited for Enders. I can’t wait! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Agreed, it was really nice that the romance wasn’t the main point of STARTERS at all. So often we get tricked into thinking books are about one thing and they end up being about another. I liked the faint creepiness of it, too!

  22. Ann

    I think I would like the Social Club. It sounds like a juicy read.

  23. Nicole Gorr

    I would love to win either of these series. I’ve had Starters on my to-read list for a long time, but have not been able to get a hold of the book! I love the premise of the book, bodies being rented out – sounds creepy, and I love creepy/thought provoking books! I read the description for the other series, The Social Code, and that sounds great too. I can only imagine what technology will be able to do in the near future, and I’m interested to see what take this series will have on it. Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Wendy Darling

      I love creepy books, too–and STARTERS definitely gives you that sort of uneasy “what the hell was happening with my body while I was out” feeling a few times. I hope you get a chance to read both series one way or another! Good luck with your entry.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, I know–when I see series redesigned it makes me go all floppy-armed if I’m really attached to the books. I think they’re onto us, though, they KNOW we have to have matching ones.

      • Kayla Beck

        Oh man, I don’t even want to talk about Narnia, the Time Quartet, or LOTR… I buy new copies almost every time they have a redo. And then I won’t touch them. :-/

        • Wendy Darling

          Yeah, I have a terrible habit of that, too–I’ve only reread Jane Eyre when I bought those pretty Coralie Bickford-Smith designed Penguin Classics, the Jane Austens have just sat on my shelves looking awesome. Which isn’t horrible, I guess, except I see other editions I covet, too.

          • Kayla Beck

            Funny story – I’ve never read ANYTHING by Jane Austen (I’ll be remedying that this year) but I own several editions. And I’ve read Jane Eyre multiple times and never the same edition. I’m a book collector (some say hoarder) to the point that it drives everyone in my family nuts. I just see it as having a bunch of pretty friends waiting to hang out with me.
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  24. Vivien

    I was really intrigued by Starters when I read it some time ago. The premise is so utterly unsettling and just really creepy. And even though it’s been a while and many many books since I read Starters, I can really remember the entire book. It struck a nerve. I cannot wait to read Enders!

  25. Andria Buchanan

    I haven’t heard of either of these but the social code sounds really cool. Who doesn’t want to read about teens taking over Silicon Valley?

  26. fishgirl182

    I’d probably want to win the Start-Up because I am a twin and like to read about twins in books. It’s kind of weird, I know. Plus I haven’t heard much about it so it would be cool to try something new.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, you’re a twin? I think just about everyone wanted to be a twin when she was little, I know I certainly did. I always think it’s interesting how identical twins or same-sex twins are handled vs male/female twins, you don’t see a whole lot of the latter.

      • fishgirl182

        Yes, I have a fraternal twin brother (I’m a girl) so boy/girl twin stories are even more interesting to me. People always think we have super mind powers, but we don’t sadly. We’re just like normal siblings. But I still can’t help being attracted to stories with twins in them because of this. Bonus that The Start-Up is about boy/girl twins.
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  27. Amy

    I would be open to both they I would prefer the Starters series. I think it is interesting that the young girls rent out their bodies and want to see how that pans out. The Start up series also seems interesting with everything having a phone app at this point.

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, I thought the app part made SOCIAL CLUB really interesting and up to date. I’m always curious how stories like that will hold up after awhile, though–in 10 years are we going to look back and laugh sympathetically about how outdated the technology is? Hee hee.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m really curious how the story will end, too. I think this is a duology, since I haven’t read anything about a third book.

  28. Jessica Cooley

    Starters sounds really interesting but I have to wonder – did the writer take inspiration from Dollhouse? I’m going to have to investigate now…it was a decent show but mostly because it was Joss Whedon creation…
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    • Wendy Darling

      I wondered that as well, Jessica, I always wanted to watch Dollhouse but never got around to it–it was canceled before I had the chance! I’d be curious to hear the answer.

  29. KG

    I would really like to read the Start up series, because it sounds so modern, fresh, and unique. The Starter series sounds equally interesting but I think the Start Up series is more up my alley! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Cool! We have a lot of fellow scifi readers who visit us, so I’m really pleased to see interest in The Social Club as well. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Yes, Jessica was just saying the same thing a few comments above! It does sound like a similar premise, although I never got a chance to watch the show so I can’t tell you how they compare.