Thursday, January 3, 2013

REVIEW: The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

Title: The Moon Dwellers
Series: The Dwellers #1
Author: David Estes
Published Date: June 30th, 2012
Publisher: self-published by author
Format: eBook
Pages: 262
ISBN 139781476418452
Copy provided by: author
Genre: YA dystopian
Add to: Goodreads
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes and Noble
Rating: 4 stars

Goodreads synopsisIn 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.

My Review: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. 
I'll admit, I didn't hold out much hope for this book before I read it. I've been burned before by self-published authors trying to re-create a dystopian world. I know I read a book similar to this last year in the fact that the society was underground. Maybe it was Alternity by Mari Mancusi. 
Either way, that was where the similarity ended in the plot. This was an incredible book! You feel for each of the characters. The action is constant. The story line is unique, and I like that the most. There are so many dystopian books out there now that I've found that it has super-saturated the market. 
I can't believe this was self-published. Most self-published books are all over the place with grammar and spelling. He is an excellent author. 
I really want to read the second book now.

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