February 1, 2013

My Friday Review: The Sun Dwellers

The Sun Dwellers (The Dwellers #3)

Title: The Sun Dwellers (Dwellers Saga #3)
Author: David Estes
My Rating: 4 conch
Buy At: Amazon,Barnes and Noble

Summary from Goodreads: With those she's closest to dying around her, Adele embarks on a secret mission to the Sun Realm to assassinate the President. Along the way she'll uncover secrets about her relationship with Tristan that she might not be ready to face.

Tristan has a secret, too, one that's been eating him up inside ever since he met Adele. Will he reveal all, and risk the loss of friendship and love at a time when he needs it the most?

At the same time, Adele's mother, General Rose, must lead her soldiers into battle to face the sun dweller army in the hopes of holding them off until Adele can complete her mission. Can she outlast the strength of President Nailin's elite fighting force?

There's only one truth in their world: someone must die.

Includes a bonus Dwellers Short Story (Anna's Story) and a sneak peek at David Estes' follow up YA dystopian series, Fire Country!

The Review: Tristen and Adele have a daunting task at hand which could end up being a suicide mission for all four of the friends. The Sun Dwellers, although rich with plot and danger, felt a little bit too light for me, especially in comparision with the other two books. Perhaps it was the dialogue or maybe the situations, but there were times where I didn't have that biting need to read until my eyelids closed. We follow the groups' journey to the capitol, meet some new characters, kill off some bad guys, and then it's the final showdown. While the reader does get some closure to major plot questions, there's a big kicker at the end that could have led it's way into another book. However, with all that being said, I did enjoy this novel and this entire series and definitely recommend it to YA fans everywhere!

The Good: More action, ,most loose ends were tied up, and a satisfying conclusion to Adele and Tristen's story.

The Issue: This book seemed to be a bit too long for me and could have been tightened up. I think there were several instances where the inner monologue was too repetitive and it kept pulling my interest away from the story. This was my least favorite of the three.

The Rating: 4 conch. A worthy end to the Dwellers Saga with characters that will stick in your mind.

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