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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He 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. David is 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.
on Sep. 24, 2013 :
It's sad to see the arrival of the end of the combined Dwellers and Country sagas, but... What an ending! This is a very well written book, and an excellent ending to the combined Dwellers and Country sagas. It's an emotional read, so make sure you have a box of tissues on hand when you read it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Sep. 12, 2013 :
The Earth Dwellers is the fourth book for both The Dwellers Series and The Country Saga. I honestly was overwhelmed with emotions when I started reading this book. Come the second chapter, I realized, I am reading about all the characters that I have grown to love from both book series.
The fact that the dwellers, Tristan and Adele, were not insta-friends with the Heaters - Siena, Skye, Wilde - when they first met, just adds to the excitement that I felt already building. There were so many points in the story that rendered me speechless. I even had to keep myself from swearing on some of the unexpected and unacceptable scenarios. Countless times, I was on edge, things were happening left and right, I felt like there's a movie playing inside my head!
There are so many little moments that tugged at my heart, and I believe, if a writer can do that, then he's done a really great job concocting his tale.
Reading different POVs was really a treat. I like multi-POV books. The way the author jumps from POV to POV was admirable. The characters with POVs have different lingos, yet the author, David, managed to switch flawlessly. That's one of the best things about this book, too. It builds the suspense because after dropping a bomb from one character, you switch to another. Surprise after surprise, and excuse me, but I had to stop myself from reading and say, "Fuck!". Yes, I did that. A lot. I didn't see a lot of things coming!
This book wasn't just a book, it was a journey. A journey of my fictional friends. And just like real friends, you feel sad when they leave, or are gone. So yes, you will need tissues to wipe your tears when you read this book. The epilogue just brought tears to my eyes. Dazz's POV was...unwordly.
It was hard saying goodbye to these characters.
Tristan and Adele. Roc and Tawni. Circ and Siena. Huck and Jade. General Rose. Jocelyn.
Ben. Cole. Dazz. Skye. Wilde. Feve. Buff. Jolie.
The Icers. Abe. Hightower.
A whole lot of characters, really.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
H. J Stephens
on Sep. 09, 2013 :
Though I am sad to see the Country and Dweller series come to an end, I couldn't have asked for a better finish. The Earth Dwellers is a action-packed, romance filled, tear-inducing, amazing end to an amazing two series. I couldn't put it down, it only left my hands maybe two or three times in the journey from start to end.
In this book The Country and the Dweller series merge together and all of the characters we have laughed, cried and lived with in the previous book come together for the final stand against the Glassies. I was ecstatic to see my favourite characters, Siena, Sadie, Tawni and Feve, alive on the pages once more. I loved the re-appearance of Perry the pricker, which has to be my most favourite inanimate character EVER in all the worlds of fiction.
In all of the previous books, an important and much loved character has died. I began this book knowing that a dear and beloved character was going to die. But in this book, the realities of war are really explored. At one point in reading this book I felt that I was watching one of those Japanese anime shows that by the end, not a single person has survived. But, like in most great wars, people do survive, and they win, though the cost of freedom is great. I won't name those that pass on in this book, so not to spoil it for others, but they are sorely missed. Their deaths will be mourned by many future readers.
All in all, I adored this book. It had all of the right ingredients. It is definitely a book I will return to some time in the future. 5 out of 5 stars, this book is a legend.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Sep. 05, 2013 :
*Big sigh* Wow! Amazing! Everything I thought I would get from David Estes to complete his Dwellers Saga and Country Saga and much, MUCH more. I read this book knowing it would be bittersweet as I said goodbye to my beloved characters that have come to mean so much to me this past year. I read The Moon Dwellers almost exactly one year ago! What a journey this past year has brought with SEVEN books in this amazing series!!
Although there were many hilarious, laugh-out-loud parts to this book, many of my moments reading entailed tears leaking out of my eyes constantly and uncontrollably. There were a few giant sobs, but there were several chapters where the tears quietly ran down my cheeks throughout. The emotions were all there as is usual with Estes, but saying goodbye to each character was as sad as I knew it had to be.
My absolute favorite character was back – Perry!! And the wit and sarcasm by and about Perry made me just want to squish him all over (to my detriment!). Roc and Tristan’s banter was hysterical as always. But. The. Best. Was – the conversations between Siena and Roc and Tristan! The twists and turns of this book had me gasping and almost throwing my ereader. There were so many things that I did NOT see coming, another aspect I love in Estes’ books.
The series ended with me as the reader being utterly content and satisfied. I couldn’t have asked for anything better and I can sleep well now knowing how Siena, Circ, Adele, Tristan, Roc, Tawni and all the others will fare in their future.
(reviewed the day of purchase)