The Moon Dwellers

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers #1) by David Estes


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.

4 of 5 Stars

I’m having a hard time finding the right words to express myself… Let me start by saying to Mr.Estes: I am truly impressed. I loved reading this book and you are making a fan out of me. I was completely captivated by The Moon Dwellers.

This is an impossible to put down, roller coaster of a book. It is romantic, action packed, funny, romantic, heart warming, did I mention romantic? This book was amazing. I felt like an adrenaline fiend reading this book- always looking forward to the next exciting action scene. Then there’s the romance, it is one of the predominant themes in this book but it is done in such a realistic classy way. I enjoyed how their connection was presented and where that one look leads them both.

So this story revolves around Adele and Tristan. Adele a girl who, like many others, has been unjustly incarcerated by a corrupt government. Tristan is a the son of the president (or should I say King?) who is nothing like his father and the next in line to rule. They both have two things in common: 1) They are trying to recover from loses in life that left them hollow. 2) They have this crazy connection they don’t even understand. This story is told in first person POV and the narration alternates between Adele and Tristan. They are both strong relatable characters; It was easy to understand them and connect to them.

I think this was a nice addition to the dystopian category. Estes did a great job of setting a believable scenario. It was clearly well thought out and even his simile’s reflected it. One of my favorites being, “Waiting for the man is as boring as watching rocks being eroded by the flow of an underground stream.”

So if I haven’t stressed this enough, I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the sequel. It’s one I would definitely recommend.

*I received a free copy of this book from the author to review


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