Review: Portrait of a Spore (Starters 1.5) by Lissa Price

Received for review.
Publisher: Delacorte / Random House
Published: September 17, 2013
Series: Starters #1.5
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Portrait of a Spore is a super short story that at the end of the Starters paperback edition. It's written in two point of views: a Spore and Callie's mother, Barbara Woodland. I thought it was a bit weird for the spore to have its own thoughts and found that part of the story a bit boring. However, I did enjoy getting to know Callie's mother a bit. Like Callie, she's strong, loving and protective.

The short story takes place the day that the spores hit. We're able to see what Callie and her mom did the day of the spore attack. Although in Starters we were able to see a glimpse of what happen in Callie's point of view, but it was really interesting to see it through Barbara's eyes. I loved that I was able to feel her regret for leaving her children behind and the realness of her wanting the vaccination even though that might not have been the 'moral' thing to do.

Portrait of a Spore is a good addition between books one and two in the Starters series. Even though I thought the whole Spore being self aware and having an inner dialog was a bit weird, I thought Callie's mom point of view was really awesome.  It was interesting to see the Spore Wars and even Callie through Barbara Woodland's eyes.






*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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