Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review of 'The Moon Dwellers', by David Estes

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)

Book 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.

17-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison deep underground.

When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Adele must escape from prison and seek to uncover her parents' true past, armed with only a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.

In her world someone must die.

E book: 262 pages
Published June 30th 2012 by David Estes

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One thing I noticed while reading 'The Moon Dwellers' is that most of the book involves a lot of running away. In fact, about three thirds of the novel involve just that. Running away from prison, running away from home, running down alleys, into basements, through caves, through waterfalls..... Just running, running, running...

Granted, in Adele's situation, I would be running too. She really has nothing to lose, having been incarcerated and marked a traitor (her parents were taken for the same crime, and she was labelled along with them). She faces spending the rest of her life from one facility to maximum security. So when given the opportunity to escape and rescue her family, she certainly did not hesitate. 

She is really not your conventional 17 year old girl so all of this makes sense. She is a lethal fighter, taught from a young age by her father to kick some serious ass. She is a force to be reckoned with and she is extremely underestimated, which in most occasions works very well in her favor and in that her two friends who escape with her.

The strange element of this novel was her connection to Tristan, the son of the President. Don't think those two ever really crossed paths, but randomly one day their eyes connect. Adele on one side of the prison fence, and he on the other. Both implode with longing for each other and forge a connection of love so deep nothing, and no one can break it...

... Just kidding!

Actually what happens is just as strange but quite the opposite. They feel pain, keel over with a horrid headache, and at times even blackout. Not the best way to start a romantic relationship. 

That being said, Tristan is inexplicably drawn and curious about Adele, and even somewhat angry as he doesn't understand why he is so physically afflicted by her presence, and think its some kind of spell that she has on him. Yet when the dominoes fall, and all characters run and keep on running, he is hell bent on protecting her. Why? Even he is unsure, but both want to get to the bottom of the mystery. 

Do they? Well... much to my disappointment, not really. Because they spend the majority of this novel just running. Am I curious enough to continue the series and find out what the heck is going on??

Oh ya. 'The Star Dwellers' has been added to my 'to-read' list. It's a hard one to pass up when so much mystery is built around both these characters. How can I not want to find out why they pass out when their eyes lock? 

*I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

Purchase Links for 'The Moon Dwellers', and check out the second installment 'The Star Dwellers'.

About the Author:
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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.

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