21 September, 2017

REVIEW: THE MOON DWELLERS by David Estes

Title: The Moon Dwellers
Author: David Estes
Series: The Dwellers #1
Genres: YA, Science Fiction
Publisher: -
Release: June 16th, 2012
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 369

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BLURB: In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.

After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.

In their world, someone must die.

EXPECTATIONS: I had only read one other book by David so I didn't really have much expectations build up. I try not to build any if I'm not familiar with the author(s).

THE WORLD: Post-apocalyptic dystopian world very similar to others like in The Hunger Games but in this book the "districts" are underground. People live in underground realms... Sun, Moon, and Star (being Sun the richest) and because they live off mining people from those realms are called "X Dwellers", thus Sun dwellers, Moon dwellers, Star dwellers.

CHARACTERS: Our two main characters with different POVs are Adele and Tristan. Adele is a moon dweller who was sentenced to prison because of the crime her parents committed (how logical right?) and Tristan is the son of the president so he's a sun dweller. Then the minor characters are Adele's friends, Tawni and Cole, and Tristan's best friend, Roc. Basically our story starts with Adele trying to escape prison with the help of her friends while Tristan is visiting too and some sort of weird thing happens that make them gain interest in each other. The plots advance independently for the majority of the book though.

ROMANCE: Not much romance although I saw some hints.

GOOD: I wasn't one hundred percent pulled in during the whole book but overall I did enjoy it and I'm curious about how the story will develop in the next books. Also, I did like the characters and their development. Even the minor characters had their own appeal and spark.

BAD: I was fine up to the 50% mark more or less but then there was this section in the middle that seemed chaotic and I had to re-read a few times because I couldn't figure out what I was reading... and in the end the plot definitely thickens too.

OVERALL: 3.5 stars. Pretty good book. Not a masterpiece but enjoyable. David wrote this in 2012 and the book I read was from 2015 and I definitely see the improvement in his later books so kudos to that.


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