January 18, 2013

My Friday Review: The Moon Dwellers

Title: The Moon Dwellers (Dwellers Saga#1)
Author: David Estes
My Rating: 4.5 conch
Buy At: Amazon,Barnes and Noble

Summary from Goodreads: 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.

The Review: I really enjoyed the first book of the Dweller's Saga. After reading David's short stories in Furthermore, I knew I had to dive into his books. Adele is a strong character but not too stereotypical, and I really enjoyed that. Pairing her with Tristen was an interesting choice, but one that made sense to me as we learned more about his motives and who he really was. Tawni and Roc are great, as is Adele's quirky sister. The premise of why they live underground appealed to me as a scientist, and I thought David did a nice job explaining some of the perils of their world in a way that made sense. In all, this was an entertaining read and if you're looking for a unique dystopian, this is it!

The Good: Lot's of tension and world building. I couldn't stop reading because I had to find out where the story was going.

The Issue: Not really a bad issue, I just had to get used to reading in the present tense. I haven't read many books written that way, so it took me a few chapters before it flowed well in my head.

The Rating: 4.5 conch. A different kind of story with characters you will love. Make sure you have Star Dwellers on hand!


  1. Great review, Amber! TMD is such a unique twist on Dystopia so I completely agree with you :)

    1. Thanks Rebekah! I read all three back to back...couldn't stop!


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