Monday, December 17, 2012

The Star Dwellers by David Estes

Title:  The Star Dwellers
Author:  David Estes
Series:  The Dwellers #2
Published:  September 30th 2012 by David Estes (first published September 25th 2012)
Page Count:  386 pages
Genre:  Dystopian Young Adult
Shelf:  Books I Bought
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.

Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?

Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?

Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?

In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die.

My Review:

Estes’ work The Star Dwellers is no less captivating that the first book in the series. The pages are so full of flowing descriptions that they cannot help to bring the pages to life. As a reader I spent page after page with my fingers crossed, hoping for the best while expecting the worst. With the numerous twists and turns found at every corner I found myself gasping out loud at the unexpected turns of events. There are moments of utter sorrow that you don’t know how to rise above, through which the characters continue to fight leading to heartfelt reunions and heartwarming moments, and let’s not forget the laughs along the way.

The characters become more developed within this novel, literally jumping from the page to read with you. Unexpected layers appear within the personalities of individuals. They fight against all odds for what they believe in, pitting themselves against the world in which they live while attempting to bring about change and overcome the oppression of the upper class. The physical separation of the classes (by rock and by distance) within this post-apocalyptic society makes the different struggles that they face even more apparent and gripping. It also plays out within the minds of each of the characters. The characters are fighting their inner demons and personal turmoil. They become more real by the word. They are also forced to make heart wrenching decisions based on what is best for the greater good. Because of this, our star-crossed lovers spend a great deal of time apart (causing me to yet again cross my fingers, wishing them back together).

I fully recommend this work to anyone who wishes to read something captivating that causes you to think outside the box. Estes has a way of bringing the reader within the pages of his work with page one and keeping you there until the final sentence. One word of warning however.... If you don’t like cliff-hangers, be sure to pick up the next book in the series before you hit the last page.

Get your copy of this book here today!!!!

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