The Moon Dwellers

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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. More

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Published: June 16, 2012
Words: 96,490
Language: American English
ISBN: 9781476418452
About David Estes

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.

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Reviews

Review by: MwanjaBan2 Moonga on Aug. 06, 2013 : star star star star
This book has some of the elements that I enjoy most in a dystopian story - it's futuristic, the earth has experienced some catastrophic event of some sort and a portion of mankind has somehow found a way to survive under seemingly impossible conditions (with no idea of what's happened to the rest of the world). Its always hard to envision such a setup and more importantly to convince the reader of this new world. But I must admit I was convinced and thoroughly impressed with the concept behind this story. So yes I did enjoy reading this book. As for the characters in the book - I liked Adele a lot. I like my heroines physically (not necessarily emotionally) strong with high endurance capabilities when subjected to harsh external environmental conditions. As long as she can kick butt then for me she makes the book worth reading. As for Tristan...honestly speaking I didn't like him at all. He failed to convince me that he had changed camps. He was obviously driven by Adele's beauty and the connection he kept feeling when near her through those headsplitting headaches. Nevertheless am truly intrigued (especially after reading an excerpt from book 2. Mr. Estes growth as an author/or the story's growth or both are evident in those first few pages of The Star Dwellers) so I plan to get the rest of the books in this series. I want to know more about this underground world, about the rest of the world and maybe give Tristan a chance to win me over. Its four stars from moi :-)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Brenda Ayala on Aug. 02, 2013 : star star star star star
Such a great start to a series. It didn't feel introductory; not in the sense that there was nothing else happening. A LOT happened. The Moon Dwellers is fast-paced and exhilarating. Instead of boring us all to tears with dull stories of what life is like day in and day out, we get straight to the point. The author brilliantly showed what life was like for Adele and each of the people she comes into contact with without ever detracting from the pacing.

I really enjoyed the characters. There were a couple of stupid decisions, but they made sense, they were plausible. One of my biggest pet peeves, especially with dystopian novels, is when the main character makes mistake after mistake and just lets everyone else do the grunt work. That wasn't an issue at all with Adele, and I loved it. Each character had their strengths, and they were shown well. They each had their faults, which I think probably could have been accentuated a bit more, but frankly I liked them so I don't care.

I love the over-arching plot, the conflict between the sun dwellers, moon dwellers, and the star dwellers. One thing that dystopian novels are supposed to do is show how laws and societal standards that we have now could be bastardized and changed into something very worse, and The Moon Dwellers does just that. Rules that were originally meant to keep order steadily become more constricting until the gap between the upper class and the rest is set so far apart that it creates a rift and animosity. Considering we already see a bit of this now (although not of course to the extent as this book, at least in the US) it seems all the more reasonable. All we need is a big meteor.

I'm very curious to see how Tristan's father will come to play a role. I'm sure a confrontation will occur, I'm just not sure when or how. I find that I'm anxious to finish this series; I'm kind of mad at myself that I started this while I have a pile of literally more than twenty books at the foot of my bed I've sworn to read first...I may break that promise to myself.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kat farrimond on July 27, 2013 : star star star star
I give this book 4.5 stars!!!

WOW! What a fantastic start to a series of books, this story captivated me with its amazing plot which is full of action, suspense and drama in the frightening world of the Tri-Realms. This book will have you holding your breath, screaming “NO” and eager to find out more!

I love how David Estes tells his story from Adele and Tristan’s point of view. I completely connected with Tristan within the first few chapters and through him with his best friend Roc who is full of fun and witty humour, their loyal friendship is awe inspiring and the banter between them will keep you giggling. With Adele it took me a little longer to warm to however once she meets Tawni and Cole her story unfolds and I loved her almost as much as Tristan who I just want to hug. Their relationship however is a bit of a head scratcher (not in a bad way – its adds to the mystery) which I hope is revealed in the next book. Personally I would have liked to read about them spending a little more time together, but this takes nothing away from the book as the times we did get were extremely moving. Cole made my eyes pop, heart stop and grab for the tissues, his story leaves me speechless.
I loved the way David portrays the individual relationships between the characters, their friendships and family bonds feel so real it’s hard not to feel emotional and adds to the excitement of this fast paced, page turning story.

The Moon Dwellers is one of the first books I added to my reading list when I joined Goodreads earlier this year and received this book recently for free as it was the TMD 1 year anniversary, I was so excited to finally start reading this and was certainly not disappointed =]

Thank you so much to David for sharing his amazing story I’m so glad you did and can’t wait to start The Star Dwellers which I downloaded this morning!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jaime Ravenwood on July 26, 2013 : star star star star
I WAS SENT A COPY OF THIS BOOK IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW

I don't really know how i fell about this book.

It was well written, and fast paced but for me it lacked a certain wow factor.

Adele (Of the Moon Realm) locks eye with the Perfect Prince Tristan (Of the Sun Realm) through the bars of her Juvenile Detention Center, and something akin to sparks physically So Tristan sets off on an epic adventure to find Adele and demand answers to why she causes him pain when she looks at him.

Adele on the other hand is busy escaping from said Juvie center to go and find her family. Aided by her new friends Tawni and Cole they are constantly on the run from Rivet, lead "Investigator" on their case. Adele also wants to know exactly why Tristan is causing her pain.

All in all i give this book a 4 and would recommend, but did feel a bit gutted we didnt get any sort of answers in this first book of the series.

SPOILERS.

I think the biggest let down for me was the fact they are both wanting answers, but when they finally do end up in the same place at the same time they dont ask. AT ALL. I get it is a series and somethings need to cross over but for Adele to go off with Tawni on another adventure and not sit Tristan down and demand he tell her what he knows.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Liz M. on July 23, 2013 : star star star
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars [Spoiler warning]

I'm always looking for a mind-blowing, action-packed dystopia. So I saw the opportunity to read The Moon Dwellers and I took it. There were a lot of things I loved about this book and there were some that didn't work for me, that's why I'm giving it 3.5 stars, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it and it was a pleasant surprise.

The dystopian world David Estes created was amazing, the idea of an underground civilization is both fantastic and damn scary, right? They were separated in three social stratum: Sun dwellers, Moon dwellers and Star dwellers. Kinda cool actually, being the Sun dwellers the higher of this three and the most powerful. Adele, a moon dweller and MC of the story, is a brave, logical and badass sixteen year old girl. I have to say that I enjoyed a lot her first chapters in the Pen. The way she tried to analyze everything, the kids, the foes and friends, the future. But as the story went by, it was a little hard for me to really connect with her. The same was for Tristan, he is incredible brave and wants desperately to be different and make some good, but it was a little hard to get him and his quest.

Which brings me to the key element here: the not Insta-love connectionthey had at first sight, because this connection was the cataclysm of everything that would happen next. Both Tristan and Adele felt this weird physical pain the first time they met, so after giving it some thought, they decided to find each other to ask what all that was about. Here it is when you could feel a little conflicted because in order to keep reading and find yourself captivated by the story you'll need to believe that in fact there is something bigger than just physical attraction between this two. If it's not, how could you justify risking your life for someone you don't know at all? And I tried to keep thinking that way till the end of the book but to be honest, I didn't feel satisfied with the scarce answers I got.

They became fugitives, and you can expect a lot of running and hiding and more running. Here is when we got to know some fantastic characters. My favorite was Cole [why, David?? why?? I mean... I was even preparing myself for a love triangle maybe? but then Cole died and I'm not sure why I felt so sad! u.u] and Roc, both loyal and bold. I think Cole was an exquisite character, her past was so damn sad, I mean, while he was telling his story all I could feel was sorry for him and at the same time admiration for his courage and ability to move on. I was totally shipping Cole/Adele! The "truth/Lie" scene was cool and the waterfall scene was so funny. [WHY Cole?? I have this idea that maybe Cole is not dead but was captured by Tristan's brother...]I LOVED the cannibal scene! Roc's sarcasm was so funny and his relationship with Tristan was so cute, like two brothers fighting all the time^^

I'm not a fan of multiple POVs, they don't always work out like they should, but I have to say that Estes really made it work. Like at the end of a chapter, he ended it with a freaking cliffhanger but then there was the other MC to pick up where everything ended and I was in the edge of the chair waiting to know what would happen. Kudos for that.

Another thing that I didn't get was Cole and Tawni's willingness to help Adele just because. I didn't get why Adele's dad send her in this new mission, they just found each other! why all this rush? why he didn't go? Who is behind the mysterious bombards? What's really the connection between Adele's mom and Tristan? Is Tawni hiding something? Are the answers in the second book??!! I need it right now!

I'd like to read The Stars Dwellers to find out what's gonna happen. There's definitely something going on, definitely someone is pulling the strings here. I have the suspicion we're gonna here about both Adele's mom and Tristan's mom as well.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jacquelyn smith on July 23, 2013 : star star star star star
WOW!! Let me say this first, what a great book...
Adele, a moon dweller, was sentenced to a life to jail. She had come to terms with her faith until she saw the son of president and everything change.
My love for the characters are unreal in this amazing story a must read....
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Madero on July 22, 2013 : star star star star
You can find more of my reviews in my co-owned blog Boricuan Bookworms

After reading quite a few dystopian books, I thought this one would go in the same road as the others I've read or even heard of. The Moon Dwellers takes you down a path of things that I consider might happen some day. It takes things from the modern day, like the United States Democracy System, with Davis Estes giving it a whole twist that goes well in the story.

In this book, we have seventeen-year-old Adele Rose being sentenced to a life in jail for treachery from her parents. Because in her kind of society, that kind of behavior is passed from generation to generation. After six months of almost losing hope, Adele has found two friends who are whiling to help her escape, look for her sister, and travel across the Moon Real in search of her parents. With her two new friends and the fighting skills she's developed through the years thanks to her dad, she's up to the challenge, even when she's being chased by hunger-driven Rivet--personal worker for the President--who's trying to capture them.

As this happens, the son of the President, Tristan, embarks to the Moon Realm and abandons the Sun Realm with his best friend and servant, Roc. When Tristan first saw Adele in the jail, he felt electricity and an unbearable pain go through him. Was she a witch? Why did those things happened to him? Deciding to look for her and interrogate her, both boys travel a few steps behind from Adele across the realm facing all kinds of trouble as a war is brewing around them.

The book was written in two points of views, Adele and Tristan, as each one of them face their own troubled life, and go through the Moon Realm. At first it was a bit hard to read through them because their voice felt too juvenile, but as the story goes, it fits great because they are teenagers, with their own quirky remarks, sarcasm, and worries, plus adding the situations at hand. My favorite characters were Adele and Tristan because I felt they were the most developed ones. The others were great too, but they were more two-dimensional when compared to my favorite two. But I'll let it pass in the hope that in the following books in the series they can be more developed like Adele and Tristan.

Adele was a great heroine in this story. She was independent, reliable, caring, funny, and wasn't whinny. She was a fighter throughout the whole book and I really liked that. Tristan was a troubled character having to deal with a dad that was corrupt, being called a President when in truth he was more a King; and the disappearance of his mother. He is one of the examples in this book that people shouldn't always be judged by appearances, and even less by their family history.

The story plot was amazing. The only problem I had with this book was the pacing in addition with the voices of the two point of views. At times it made me be bored, but at others it was good. But the plot, oh wow.
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The descriptions were so vivid it was hard not to picture this whole world created by David. After certain events, the humans are forced to live underground in caves in order to survive. Not only was I amazed and mind-blown by the setting, but how the conflict develops in the story. We see how Democracy is used by the President for his own evil plans in the Tri-Realms and this is slowly but surely turned more into an empire. We see how people from the government who were righteous turn their gaze from that and into the money part. And how things are nowadays, it's something completely believable. And I really liked it. If you don't like much how the story is told by Adele and Tristan, I'm sure you'll still like the plot, the setting, the twists, everything else. This was a really good and intriguing beginning to the Dwellers series. If you're a lover of Dystopia, angst, a bit of mysterious brewing romance, and lots of action, this is for you.

Rating: 4 stars

By Jennifer Madero from http://boricuanbookworms.wordpress.com
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Reina Sungahid on July 21, 2013 : star star star star
Received a free copy from a Goodreads™ giveaway.
Moon Dwellers is Dystopian. It has a
satisfying mix of romance and action. It's the kind of book that puts a background music in your head.
The whole concept of this book was refreshing, in a unique sense. I love how the protagonists (Adele and Tristan) are both badasses on their own. Adele is a fighter and Tristan is a skilled prince and a hottie, mind you.
The story is in both PoV, so it's easy to get their personalities and such.

Overall, It was a good read. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: GG Atcheson on July 21, 2013 : star star star star
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

First, I want to point out this is not the kind of books I usually choose to read. I like dystopian but the constant chatter style of YA leaves my head spinning. I feel as if I had a few teenagers blabber in my ears for the duration of the book, although I love reading the story through both Adele and Tristan's eyes. First person POV is by far my favorite.

The story was good and well written. The idea of an underground world is plausible and the story flows well without pauses. The author did a great job, as you want to keep turning the pages. It had everything from mystery to well depicted fights and even if I didn't get all the answers by the end of the book, the ending still somewhat satisfied me.

(And while I am sitting by my window, I suddenly realize that we have it good. A view of the blue sky and land covered with trees and grass sure beats the monotonous look of rocks and artificial lights!)
Thank you Mr. Estes for reminding us of these simple facts with a great story!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Marianne Lee on July 11, 2013 : star star star star star
In a literary world full of mediocre at best dystopians, The Moon Dwellers certainly knows how to hold its own.
David Estes creates a new world, where everyone is forced to move underground because of a catastrophic disaster.
I enjoyed this aspect most of all, because in most dystopians, the world building is “average” at best, but in this book the world building is outstanding. We’re not only told what happened, but how it happened and what the effects of those events are. I’m not talking about what happened in terms of how the world came to be (although it’s explained perfectly here), but also what the physiological and psychological effects are in the human population as well. Basically, David knows how to write a great dystopian. I especially LOVE the way that the scientific aspects were explained.
“They say the meteor was enormous. Any life left on the surface of the earth when it hit was wiped out…. Humans were forced to move underground. Or so the story goes.”
“We gained improved night vision due to long exposure to dim or no lighting. Our senses of hearing and smell have been heightened, making us less reliant on our slightly improved sight… Long story short: we’ve adapted, for better or worse.”
That’s what I call great world building!
Anyways, other than the great world-building, I found that this book doesn’t fall under the dreaded “false advertisement” dystopian. What I mean by this, is that sometimes there’s a book labeled “dystopian” when it’s just a romance set in a futuristic world. This book didn’t go through that; in fact, it’s safe to say that the romance took a backseat to the general plot. There were no annoying moments of “insta-love” and no make-out sessions while the world was crumbling around them.
Also, the characters were so original and colorful. This story is told in two POVs, one from Adele and one from Tristan. With Adele, we see a hardened girl who’s basically had to stand on her own since her family was taken away from her and she was sent to jail. She’s had to learn to take care of herself, because in the Pen, no one will. Meanwhile, Tristan has always had a different life. As a Prince of the Sun Realm, he’s always been in the spotlight. If only everyone knew how much he hated his father. If only everyone knew how much Tristan thought his father was wrong. Their stories intertwine pretty nicely, when they both seem inexplicably –and painfully- drawn to each other. Tristan sets out to find Adele, unbeknownst to him that his mission is much more dangerous than he knew.
I loved how the relationship between them was effortless. They were just two teenagers, trying to find out why they felt this way about each other. It was really endearing.
I also loved all the secondary characters in this story. From the outspoken Tawni, to the loyal Cole, every one of these characters contributed nicely to the plot.
Overall, the reader will be sucked in to this story from the very prologue, and won’t be able to let go even after the last page is reached. This is a great dystopian that certainly reaches the ranks of The Hunger Games and Divergent.
Rating: 5 stars
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: chucklesthescot on July 10, 2013 : star star star star star
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in in return for an honest review*

OK, those who follow my reviews know that most get 2* if it's not really my thing but not a bad book, or maybe 3* if I liked it. I rarely give out a 5* as I'm kinda picky and hard to please. I can honestly say though that this is a fantastic read full of the things I love in the YA dystopian genre. Plot wise, it has nothing to do with The Hunger Games but entertainment wise, it is right up there with it and that is high praise from me!

So why is this book so good? Well firstly, the characters are so well written. You are rooting for them all the time, you love the interaction between them and you really do care what happens to them. You just laugh and cry along with them. The book switches POV between Tristan and Adele which actually makes the plot move along even faster. In some books a switch of POV slows things down or hampers character development, but not in this case. I feel that the switch actually enhances both. That really is rare. The bromance with Tristan and Roc is lovely and I like the fact that the characters are flawed and don't have superhuman powers or intelligence. It makes the characters seem real and make it easier to identify with them.

There is amusing dialogue as well as nicely described action scenes. The world building is focused and detailed without throwing big info dumps at you. The writing style is smooth, uncomplicated and keeps your attention, as you turn each page wanting to know what will happen next. It isn't spoiled by long winded descriptions of things that don't matter. You are told what you need to know and that suited me perfectly. Personally, I didn't want to put it down and it's difficult to find a place to stop! As Adele prepares to tackle something hard or scary, we go back to Tristan as he goes through a situation and pauses on the edge of disaster, then we are back to Adele's trouble again. This means that there are constant cliffhangers that you just have to resolve before you stop...and suddenly you've read 5 more sections!

So what were the things I had a problem with? Um, nothing actually! I can't think of a single thing that bugged me or frustrated me, and that hardly ever happens. I did like the idea that one reviewer had in having a map to refer to when the action moves among the subsections so you can see who is where. That would be a nice thing as an extra for the readers.

The book was rapidly moving, exciting non stop action, and you go through a range of emotions with the characters. And yes, I did shed a few tears! You'll know it when you get to it! I will be purchasing my own print copy of this book asap and I will certainly be following(and buying) the rest of this series.

Thanks to the author for sharing this with me. It really is a little gem of a read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Andrea Murray on July 05, 2013 : star star star star
I received a free copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.
At first, I had a difficult time engaging with the story. Because it’s first-person POV (alternating between Adele and Tristan), there are some long internal monologues, and I found myself rereading. I liked the development of the society, but again, I found it tedious at times. It is my understanding this is not only book one of a series (The Dwellers Saga) but that the series will also merge with another series (The Country Saga), so I have a feeling all of that backstory will be important to the understanding of both series, and hardcore dystopian fans will love that.
I love, love, love the idea of a strong, FEMALE protagonist, which Adele is. However, sometimes, I felt she was a little too invincible, and I questioned her reactions in conjunction with her traits. She’s one tough cookie, not a bad trait at all, but I questioned how quickly her relationship developed with her companions (Tawni and Cole). Tristan sounds like every teenage girl’s dream, but I have some issues with him, too. I was frustrated with his perfection; however, I’ve got to admit I fell hook, line, and sinker for his rescue-the-damsel mentality and with his perfect, blonde curls. I just wish they would have met sooner in the novel so that we could see more of their interaction.
Despite my agitation that it took so long for Adele and Tristan to meet, Estes creates a fascinating world with a fantastic cliffhanger ending. Be warned, though! If you read this one, you’ll definitely want to read the next one.
4 stars
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stacey Mann on June 08, 2013 : star star star star
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The world building was incredible, I couldnt help but want Tristian and Adele to find one another, they experienced pain whenever around one another and when they finally are together, Adele has to go. Answers to the connection they have are most likely something her mother knows and she must go and rescue her. This book draws you in immediately and keeps you wanting more. Great job!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Caitlin Saulsgiver on May 31, 2013 : star star star star star
‘The Moon Dwellers’ takes place in the future where people now live beneath the Earths surface. People live in either three realms: the Star realm (deepest into the Earth), then the Moon realm, followed by the Sun realm (closest to the surface). The story alternates between two point of views: Adele’s and Tristan’s. They do not officially meet until about three quarters through, but see each other at the beginning of the book and feel drawn to each other and suffer from pain. They soon realize that whenever they are near each other this sensation occurs. I felt attached to the characters, intrigued by the story, and so much more.

I loved the characters in the story and have a perfect image of what they would all look like (part of me hopes there will never be a movie because it would wreck it for me). My favorite three are Adele, Cole, and Tristan. Adele is absolutely kick ass and because of her character I would love to take some martial arts or some self defense classes or something, so I can b kick-ass like her! I love how sarcastic Cole is, as I absolutely love that humour, I am extremely sad though that he won’t be in the next book. My visual of Tristan is just swoon. I like him because he is determined.

The story is great! It’s fast paced, and high action. Starting off with breaking out of the jail and breaking Adele’s sister out of the orphanage and going through the tunnels. Feeling the adrenaline yourself while Tristan and Roc are escaping from cannibalists and crazy mad men! It’s hard for me to visualize what the underground world would look like, but I am guessing it’s similar as what the underground world looked like in Enclave by Ann Aguirre. It’s just hard to imagine what a underground city would look like.

You have to read this book! It’s great, it’s fast paced and high action and that made me able to read this in one sitting. I can’t wait to read ‘The Sun Dwellers” and read about the rescue of Adele’s mom and what is going to happen to Adele and Tristan’s relationship. This book is just a darn good book, I can’t wait to start pushing it on people.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: ariella holstein on May 13, 2013 : star star star star star
I love this book. I love the chacters. I'm giving this book 5 stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sigourney Hatfield on May 12, 2013 : star star star star
A copy of The Moon Dwellers was kindly sent to me by David Estes in exchange for an honest review.

Amongst my myriad of emotions about The Moon Dwellers one stands out, the one that makes me go ‘ohmygod I can’t cope’ to the author (seriously, Tristan and Cole, I love you). This book is not only very well written, it’s extremely interesting, intriguing and insanely fast paced - the action continuously builds and there's an underlying mystery to the whole thing. Young adult dystopian fiction is nothing new, it seems to be flavour of the year, but that’s fine by me as I love it, and I love finding YA dystopian fiction that’s actually really good. I liked the idea of Earth having to go underground more than I thought I would and the uncertainty over what has happened above ground.

The split stream of consciousness narrative between Adele and Tristan works really well as they each undertake their own mission through the Tri-Realms, although I have to admit I much preferred reading Tristan’s chapters, and his fantastic interactions with Roc, but that’s maybe just me and my aversion to female protagonists who are always slightly annoying no matter what they do.

Estes characterisation is fantastic. Tristan is, quite simply, awesome, and Roc rocks (get it? I’m sorry I won’t make any more terrible puns). Their relationship is probably one of my favourite things in the entire book and I loved their entire dynamic. Adele is (predictably) badass, but it’s Tawni and Cole that I found myself falling in love with, and Tristan, Roc and Cole are my standout favourites from this book. I’m a fangirl; strong attractive passionate men are my kryptonite and I doubt that will ever change.

My only real qualms with The Moon Dwellers is the predictability of what will happen between Tristan and Adele and the strange connection they seem to have; at the books end it is still a mystery and there is a little bit too much wonderful coincidence that keeps saving them all from death and destruction. I thoroughly enjoyed The Moon Dwellers, am definitely intrigued enough to read on, and will probably be reading The Star Dwellers and The Sun Dwellers just to see where David Estes is ultimately going with this story, and to read more about Tristan and Roc’s wonderful relationship (I still think they should get it on, just sayin’).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jamie Lee on April 22, 2013 : star star star star star
The Moon Dwellers by David Estes is nothing less than a tale of a dark underground dystopian society consisting of the lucky few who won the lottery to escape an oncoming falling rock that was to destroy the world above. The characters are extremely well developed and a connection is made from the beginning based from the sincere emotions that the characters portray to the ghastly pasts that each character has somehow managed to endure. Although the pain and suffering of the characters themselves trap you into the storyline it is the hope that they emit that really gets you onto their side through this incredible journey. So different from the world we know and live in there are enough aspects that make it completely relatable. Somehow David manages to make you feel like you are there a part of the journey making the book irresistible to put down.

The book is flows seamlessly with just the right amount of action and romance to help the plot rather than distract. David takes a different approach to the usual Prince Charming making the connection between the two characters physically painful and like a story based on Cinderella, holding very different social statuses. Heros are born, families are reunited and torn apart and characters will risk everything and anything to stand up for what they believe is right. I love that this isn't a tale where theres action but no one gets hurt and everyone is happy, people are bound to get hurt and unexpected events are bound to happen which this book takes full advantage of pulling you into a plot that is well thought out and extremely eventful. I think it is the little twists in the plot that make this book, the little times the characters are pulled away and forced to act is what makes it realistic.

Those who loved City of Ember (although the only similarity is really the fact that the society is underground) are bound to love this tale full of romance, action and adventure.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lacey Galicia on April 02, 2013 : star star star star star
I was given a copy to read and review.

I was hooked on this book from the beginning, the author knows how to instantly grab your attention and keep it. This book reminds me of The Hunger Games and Divergent. I absolutely enjoyed it. The author did very well in developing the characters, making them come to life. It was an extremely exciting book, lots of action and fighting. There are upsetting scenes so beware! I did feel as though the ending was a bit rushed, but I look forward to reading the next books in the series!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jenny MacRunnel on Feb. 24, 2013 : star star star star star
YA Dystopians have become my favorite genre over the past year. There really aren't too many I haven't read yet, although there are a few. I'm not sure why I didn't read this one sooner, I am kind of kicking myself right now! This was a thrilling, couldn't-put-it-down kind of read!

The story is a dual POV between Adele and Tristan. Adele is in prison through no crimes of her own. The society is set up like a caste system, and Adele's class, The Moon Dwellers, is considered middle class. Although now she has no rights at all, and is in prison for life. Tristan is royalty, and at the other end of the spectrum. He belongs to the Sun Dwellers, the richest souls in their society. The Sun Dwellers control everything, and take away more and more from the Moon Dwellers and the Star Dwellers (lowest class) every year. The castes are even separated geographically. Everything is underground, after a global destructive event up above the earth.

The story starts off where Tristan is in a parade of some sorts in the Moon Dwellers districts. Adele sees him from the prison yard, and he, her. The both experience an extreme sort of head pain when they lock eyes. Tristan decides he must go back and find out about this girl. He basically runs away to go find her, against his father's wishes. So he sets off with his best friend and servant, Roc.

Adele, meanwhile, has befriended 2 prisoners by the names of Cole and Tawni, and they make a prison break. At the same time they are escaping, the Star Dwellers, who are upset with their lot in life, has declared war on the Moon Dwellers, and is bombing the heck out of their districts. Its utter chaos as Adele runs to try to rescue the rest of her family, and Tristan is chasing after her.

Adele is an awesome, kick butt kind of girl, and I absolutely adored her! Tristan was no weakling, either, as he was trained in sword fighting since he was little. He and Roc have an interesting time of things, though, as they don't have much common sense in the Moon Dwellers districts! They get themselves in more trouble than Adele does! I loved the friendship and brotherhood of Roc and Tristan, and I thought their moments were some of the brightest and funniest!

The bulk of the story was really about these specific groups of people, but towards the end we start to see the bigger picture of this dystopian society, and its impending doom. The ending set things up nicely for the next book, The Star Dwellers! I can't wait to read the rest of the trilogy!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rachel Ramos on Feb. 24, 2013 : star star star star star
5 out of 5 stars for THE MOON DWELLERS.

I believe this book deserves a slow clap and a standing ovation.

THE MOON DWELLERS is an all-in-one package deal!

When I realized that there are going to be 2 POVs in this book, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I am the kind of reader who looooves to see both perspectives of the protagonists, so yes, I think this is one of my favorite dystopian books. And by the way this is the first book that I read by Estes and I was hooked to this story right away.

THE CHARACTERS:

A strong, independent and a wise girl from the Moon Dwellers who will do anything for her family. She is a fighter and when she is determined to do something, she will do it. Adele is the kind of person who will sacrifice everything for the ones she loves, not only her family, but also including her newfound friends, Cole and Tawni. And also, another thing that I LOVE about her is her wit and the way she thinks.

"Sometimes I feel like I’ve only got two brain cells, and even when I rub both of them together nothing seems to happen. This is one of those times."

For me, Adele is a modern day superhero.

TRISTAN
The dystopian teenage heartthrob, this one! Haha! Here look at Adele's description of him:

"Back to Tristan—who is the polar opposite of a recurring blemish. Blond, curly hair. Seventeen but already over six feet tall. Strong, solid frame. A princely face. Big, navy blue eyes. An addictive smile, with right-sized lips and ivory teeth. My brain is telling me to stop staring at him, but for some reason I can’t. It’s almost…instinct…to keep on looking at him."

*blushes*

That is true, but on a more serious note, Tristan, a Sun Dweller and one of the sons of King Nailin, is a well-trained boy who already grew tired of his father's way or ruling over the Tri-Realms. And one day, one thing happened that made him decide to do something that will change his life forever.

ROC
He is Tristan's servant in the story, but they treat each other like real brothers. Roc is very supportive and I know that he can sacrifice his own life for Tristan if it is needed. The bond between these two is just so admirable because you can feel that they really genuinely care about each other.

ELSEY
The younger sister of Adele who seems to be mature for her age. The way she talks, and the way she sees things are so different that sometimes, you may think that she is even older than Adele because she's the one giving her strength and telling her that it's all gonna be okay. I love her character because even though she may seem mature sometimes, the child in her shows up every now and then, which reminds Adele that Elsey is still her little sister.

TAWNI AND COLE
They are the friends of Adele and they met her in the Pen. I admire these two because even though they don't know much about Adele, they didn't doubt her and they stayed with her and heck, even escaped with her. Tawni, she doesn't want to live under the shadows of her parents and I believe she is nothing like them. And for Cole, I love his vibe and his playfulness and here's one of my favorite lines from him:

“Why would you do that for me?” I ask. Cole shrugs.

“You’re growing on me.” His bottom lip doesn’t pout the way it normally does. “Lie!” I declare, raising my arm in victory before it’s even confirmed. Cole laughs and Tawni nearly spews out the spoonful of yellow goop she has in her mouth. “You’re right, Adele, you’re not growing on me. That would be disgusting. Hair grows on me, foot fungus on occasion, too, due to the shameful hygiene of the guys’ bathrooms, but not other people, and most definitely not you.”

The Moon Dwellers shows many aspects in the lives of the people from the Tri-Realms. How is it to live in the Sun, Moon and Star Dwellers. And also, another thing that I love was the references from our times today like this one:

"My favorites were the Harry Potter books. Like me, my grandmother had grown up with the witches and wizards of Hogwarts."

ADELE LIKES HARRY POTTER BOOKS! Wow. Many people can relate to this, I'm sure.

The mystery of this story, the action, the weird thing going on between Adele and Tristan. I love all of it. The story was perfect for my taste. Not too fast and not too slow. And the perspectives from Adele and Tristan helped so much because it flows very smoothly even though you have 2 POVs. I also liked the writing of David Estes. It's very vivid and the descriptions of the characters are discussed very well. The development of the protagonists in the story was very evident. Tristan and Adele are both very strong characters, but in very different ways. And that's what I love about them. The other one, Tristan, you can see him as someone so strong through his physical appearance but Adele, on the other hand, you can't underestimate her because she's more than what meets the eye.

It's highly recommended to all the dystopian literature fans out there.

Two thumbs up for the author, David Estes. :)

FAVORITE QUOTES:
"I find that the less emotion I put into life, the less the past seems to hurt." - Adele

“Sometimes, girls, you have to hit your lowest low just before you hit your highest high. It makes you appreciate the good things so much more.” - Ben Rose, Adele's dad

"No beast of reality, or creature of imagination, is as terrible as mankind. Or as loving. It’s a contradiction. I’ve always liked contradictions. Today I see both sides of the coin unveiled in gruesome and beautiful imagery, captured by my eyes and filed away in my mind, like still shots taken by a world-renowned photographer." - Adele

"There are some things more important than your own life. Like friendship, and love, and trust, and goodness." - Adele

**I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review. This, however, did not influence my review in any way.**
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: moodynightmare on Feb. 18, 2013 : star star star star
I am constantly in awe of people who have the ability to write fiction – no matter how terrible. The fact that they were able to finish the mammoth task of writing a novel, to see in their minds how their characters were going to interact, what they were going to do and say to each other. To imagine a world for their story to take place, in such detail. All immense accomplishments. David Estes work in ‘The Moon Dwellers’ is seamless, and beautiful. His writing will not only hook you on the story line, but it will allow you to immerse yourself in the fictional ‘Tri-Realm’ and the adventures of our main characters; Adele Rose and Tristin Nailin.

I absolutely adored the fact that as much as Tristin is all heroic and knightly, Adele is not made any smaller by his presence. By this I simply mean that she absolutely kicks ass. She’s a skilled fighter, more than capable of taking on persecutors, and doing whatever it takes to protect the people she cares about. She’s definitely NOT a damsel in distress.

The relationship between Roc and Tristin is also pretty wonderful to see. They complement each other and even when things go absolutely nuts they stand together and fight. – If anything ever happens to Roc and the Bromance I will probably cry.

One thing that surprised me in how well it was done was the insta-love aspect of the book. As much as A&T feel drawn to each other, despite the immense pain involved in being in the same vicinity as one another, this somehow isn’t all that over the top. The opening few chapters made me cringe a couple of times because the phrases were a little cheesy, at least Tristins were. But the more the pair interacts the more you can see that it’s not your typical insta-love situation. They don’t declare adoration for each other. They don’t kiss. Adele puts aside her own mixed feelings towards Tristin in order to protect her sister and new friends. They are drawn together, primarily, because each wants to know why they physically respond the way they do to the other. Their opinions and deeper feelings about each other come not only from this curiosity, but also from the way they see each other act, from the things they do. And that at least is realistic

One thing that did annoy me however was the crazyness that seemed to befall Tristin and Roc when they were trying to find Adele. I won’t say more as to what these events were, but some of them just felt really random and ill placed. A little bit like it may have just been filler until they eventually caught up to Adele and her gang.

Clearly though, for me at least, the positive far outweighed any minor annoyance seen and it is definitely worth reading if you’re a dystopian fan!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica P on Feb. 15, 2013 : star star star star
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I really likes this book, full of action and not predictable, I kept expecting something to happen only to have a new twist thrown in keeping things going and the book intense.

As someone who generally reads the description of a book once and then doesn't again right before reading, by which point I've mostly forgotten what the description said, and I like it best this way allows for my surprises. But as someone who does this sometimes things are not always clear at the beginning of a story. For this book that was where this story was taking place. It's called the moon dwellers and they live like the moon dwellers realm but it was seeming like they were actually underground so I was a bit confused as to why the term moon sellers was being used until later on when a character points out this confusion. So since it was mentioned, it would have been nice to have that straightened out earlier instead of at a point when I'd eventually already had it figured out for myself. Now if I'd actually reread the description before reading that might have helped too.

The story is told altering between Adele and Tristin's points of view both have distinctive characters and have a lot of action going on around them. I didn't have a preference for who I wanted to hear from. Unless the chapter cut off at something big and then flipped to the other person that is.

So anyways, very action packed and light on the romance to the point to pretty much nonexistent which I find refreshing in these kinds of novels. Defenetly recommend to anyone who enjoys high action and/or dystopia post-apacolyptic novels.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dale Ibitz on Feb. 15, 2013 : star star star star
The characters are well drawn and you like them. Adele is motivated by the age-old hook of saving her family. She's a strong character who is tough, knows how to kick some ass, and puts her family first. Selfless to the point of sainthood. Tristan is disgusted by his family's wealth and greed, and his friendship with Roc is endearing. Tawni is just like-able (as well as Adele's younger sister, who gosh, acts just like a younger sister should. You know, sometimes you want to smack her and sometimes you want to hug her). Cole is a bit of a hot-head, and he comes down from his 'episodes' a little too quickly, almost like he's unbalanced. I don't know! But he's still a nice guy who's loyal and friendly...most of the time. :)

While starting a little slow, the plot eventually moves forward at a good pace, and kept me riveted to find out what happens next. Once things got moving, wow, these characters find themselves thrown into one situation after another. Bim! Bam! Boom! And off we go!

The total inequality of the system, and the magnitude of the differences between the haves and the have-nots is nothing short of teeth-grinding. It sort of brings to mind the French Revolution, where people are down-trodden to the point of out-right revolt. It's explosive. People are pissed. People get hurt. People die, dudes.

There are some things that kind of had me bummed. There are a lot of mysteries to be solved, and the majority of them aren't resolved in this book. I love to read series, especially I'm on board with the characters and the story, but I still like to have each book stand on its own merits. For me, there were too many unanswered questions.

Sometimes it's hard to imagine that kids can out-fight trained warriors. I've noticed this in a couple of books lately, and this one is included. However, I did let that tidbit slide, because there were other things going on that could be argued as a distraction. So what the hoo, don't sweat the small stuff, in my opinion.

This was a fine read, and I do plan to continue on with the series, because overall, the pros far outweighed the cons and was highly enjoyable!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Leigh on Feb. 11, 2013 : star star star star
I heard a lot of buzz about this book, and I had to read it for myself. It did not disappoint me! If you are looking for a dystopian theme story, full of action, then "The Moon Dwellers" is the book for you.

Adele's life is turned upside down when her parents and little sister are seized by Enforcers, and she is sentenced to life in prison. Adele, who has been taught to fight and survive by her father, will need those skills to endure prison life. Prison has been a very lonely, depressing place until she meets Tawni and Cole. Together they plan to escape and rescue Adele's family. This is a perilous journey that will test their newly formed bonds of friendship. Will they survive and find Adele's family?

The author does a great job developing each character and capturing our attention through his vivid details. I enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what happens next.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: C. Smith on Feb. 06, 2013 : star star star star star
Great Read!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: E. Bard on Feb. 04, 2013 : star star star star
This is one of those YA reads I didn't really know how to rate. There were parts that were fully deserving of five stars, but at the same time (for me anyway), there were parts that pulled it back. I loved the whole idea and the setting - the author has done a splendid job of creating an underground world complete with an evil oppressive government and imagination teasing labels (the Sun Realm, the Moon Realm and the Star Realm). It made for a fantastically dystopian world, perfect for a budding/struggling revolution and challenge-laden characters. Plus, the adventure the characters were thrown into was page turner enough to keep me interested (although it was slower to progress than I expected). Even the action sequences were great, very well described (although maybe fewer roundhouse kicks would have been better). So for many YAers I can see this being five stars. However, for me there was one thing I couldn't quite get past, and that was how the story swung between Adele's and Tristan's viewpoints. Although it works sometimes, I found that the overall result was to slow the story down by going over a scene from a different perspective (and sometimes providing too much character thinking time).

Again, just because the writing perspective thing didn't work well for me doesn't mean it won't work for others. The story had all those other things that make it appealing: danger, star-crossed lovers (although they don't know it yet in this book), heroic good looking young people and evil bad guys. So I have to say, it's well worth a try.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacqueline Torres on Feb. 04, 2013 : star star star star
The Moon Dwellers is about a girl and a boy from different parts of the Tri- Realms who should not have met. The Tri-Realms is a society that had to go underground many years ago. The Tri-Realms is separated by class the sun dwellers (upper Class) the moon dwellers (middle class) and the star Dwellers (lower class). The girl Adele is from the moon realm where she is imprisoned because of her parents they were accused of treason and according to her government, she is guilty by association. The boy Tristan is the son of the leader of The Tri-Realms he is also the person who does negotiations with the realms for his father.

The Moon Dwellers is told by Tristan and Adele, which is great because you don't just get one side of the story you get to know what the two main characters are feeling and what is going on around them and the people of the tri realms. This is a really good book and anybody who loves dystopian books as I do will like this book. The only problems I had with this book were that I felt like I was missing part of the story in the beginning. I wish that it would have had a little more romance but besides that this was a great book and I look forward to continuing it in The Star Dwellers book two of the series.

I got this book from the author for an honest review
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cat T on Jan. 27, 2013 : star star star star
This book is an easy read - the author is clear and concise about everything, minus the parts you aren't suppose to know about. The narration alternates between Adele and Tristin, though their voices sound pretty much the same (apparently there's not diction difference between the different Dwellers. The main character is decent, though I think the author could have delved into her psyche a bit more to make her more understandable. As it is, her motivation to become friends with Tawni and Cole is fairly vague.

Overall I liked the balance the author strike between everything (POVs, happy/sad moments, mystery/knowledge, etc). The plot also moves quickly, which was nice. I definitely enjoyed the world Mr. Estes has thought-out and look forward to seeing where this story goes next!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jacqueline Pierce on Jan. 22, 2013 : (no rating)
First I want to thank the author for the opportunity to read this story.

This story was awesome! I was captivated from the beginning. This story is so action packed that once you start you can't stop. one thing for me was that when you think nothing else could possibly happen another event takes place. I love that Adele is so head strong and Tristan goes after something even though he's not sure about it. I fell in love with ALL the characters. You definitely Have the perfect supporting characters for these two. Tic had me giggling through the whole thing and I liked how he kept Tristan on the right track when he wasn't sure.

Awesome awesome story and I can't wait to read the next installment to find out what happens.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: DeAnna Oldham on Jan. 20, 2013 : star star star star star
*This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for a fair review.*

First, can I get a round of applause for David Estes? This has got to be one of the best dystopians I have read, and he's an indie author. Honestly, I found it to be better than some of the really popular ones out there! It ranks up there with The Hunger Games and Divergent for me.

I don't even know where to start. I guess at the beginning.

The book starts off with a prologue that is full of violence and mystery. We see Adele's parents get beaten up and hauled off, but we have no idea why. Fast forward to chapter 1, and it's 6 months later, and Adele is the Pen, her world's equivalent of a juvenile detention center, watching as a parade goes by. When she locks eyes with the President's son, Tristan, who is in the parade, she experiences a blinding headache like she's never had before. And there starts the mysteries and action of the story.

I think what I liked most about the story was the writing style. The book is told from both Adele's and Tristan's perspectives, and it alternates chapter-by-chapter through most of the book. In a lot of cases, this could be annoying, but I thought it really worked. The chapters are fairly long (about 20 minutes each, according to my kindle), so the reader is able to get a pretty good picture of what is going on from that character's perspective before it switches. Also, almost every chapter ends on some sort of a cliffhanger (as any good chapter should), but for the most part, it isn't immediately resolved because the story switches perspective. Another thing I liked about this was that sometimes the perspective change would come with a slight rewind in time, to retell a certain scene from the other perspective, but sometimes it picked up right where the previous chapter left off.

In some ways, this book reminded me of Crossed by Ally Condie. We have two characters on a journey, and the reader gets to see how closely their paths come to crossing several times throughout the story.

I absolutely loved Adele. She gave a new meaning to kick-ass heroines in my eyes. She had all the strength and training of Tris, but not as much self-doubt or hesitance. She was really amazing. I loved seeing her fight. And Tristan was really great, too. I loved that he had his own mind, and wouldn't let his circumstances dictate how he was supposed to act and feel. He was also another ass-kicking character.

There was one scene, specifically, towards the climax of the book, where there was a huge surprise. I suppose in the reality of a world torn apart by violence and war, it wasn't surprising, but for a YA author to go there in the first book of the series really surprised me. And to be honest, I loved it. I love that David had the guts to throw uncomfortable things in here that a lot of authors would shy away from.

Very similar to Divergent by Veronica Roth or The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the ending wrapped up enough of the loose ends within this book to not leave me dissatisfied with the end, but also left enough strands hanging to keep me hooked. Also, I think it also provided a nice set-up for book two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Claire Taylor on Jan. 15, 2013 : star star star star star
David Estes
The Moon Dwellers
The Dwellers #1

First reaction: wow, how did I not know about this book earlier! If you love the Hunger Games books then this series is for you, and everyone else on the planet that enjoys a good read.

Excellently written, this book does not let up and will have you gripped instantly. The suspense is built that you literally are unable to stop reading, you have to know what is going to happen next, and combine that with some of the twists and turns, some of it is just maddening for the reader – you might think you know what will happen next but you’ll be wrong every time. The character development is amazing, the way they all fit into the storyline so well, I’m sure there is so much more to come from them all in the books to come.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tay Renee on Jan. 13, 2013 : star star star star star
I love this action packed book. Right from the beginning you could tell that it was going to be a page turner. It's nothing like the Hunger Games. It is so much better. The Moon Dwellers surprised me with its exciting and thrilling pages. This book deseves to be known for its grandeur, David Estes will soon be known for his incredible work. From the characters to the action, this is not a book one easily puts down or forgets.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tay Renee on Jan. 13, 2013 : (no rating)
I love this action packed book. Right from the beginning you could tell that it was going to be a page turner. It's nothing like the Hunger Games. It is so much better. The Moon Dwellers surprised me with its exciting and thrilling pages. This book deseves to be known for its grandeur, David Estes will soon be known for his incredible work. From the characters to the action, this is not a book one easily puts down or forgets.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Rustin Petrae on Jan. 08, 2013 : (no rating)
I just finished up reading the Moon Dwellers, by David Estes. It was a very enjoyable, easy read. The biggest thing that drew me to this book was the premise. I wanted to read a book about what humanity would be like if they were forced to live underground and I wasn't disappointed. I thought that the Tri-Realms were in an inventive creation and a completely believable by-product to having humanity living underground. It felt real and that drew me into the story even more. Here is what I thought of the Moon Dwellers.

Things that I liked:

As I said before, the biggest thing that I liked about this book was the society itself, the Tri-Realms. It felt like something humans would do if they were all stuck living underground. Someone would rise up and dominate the rest. It's almost like human nature. And then creating a caste-like system was a nice, added touch. I thought that having Adele, a main character, stuck in prison in the beginning of the book was genius. It kept me wanting to read more and find out how she gets out. I also liked the insta-connection between Adele and Tristan. I knew, as a reader, that there was something more going on there (that it wasn't a love-at-first-sight type of thing) and that also kept me wanting to read on. My favorite character, however, was probably Cole. His backstory really sealed the deal for me. I like characters that are driven by something so much that it consumes them. Cole was definitely that kind of character. The author's writing style was very good. The book was clean and well written. It had a great flow that made it easy for me to keep reading.

Things that I didn't like:

There isn't a whole lot to this book that I didn't like. There were minor typos and errors here and there but nothing overwhelming. Some of the dialogue didn't really sit well with me. It didn't really feel like something that someone would really say, but again, there wasn't a whole lot of that either. There was a little bit of repetitiveness to the action sequences. Like I said, just minor things here and there that really didn't bother me all that much when I was finished with the book.

Overall, I think this book is great. Lots of action, a great plot, a very strong premise and great writing. I enjoyed the read and will definitely read the other two books in the series when I get the chance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michelle McRoberts on Jan. 04, 2013 : star star star star
First of all, I'd like to thank David Estes for granting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really, really enjoyed this book. I positively love the character of Adele. She is tough, awkward, and stand-offish after living the last 6 months of her life in self-imposed isolation in The Pen. She's independent and capable of defending herself. When she meets 2 other "guests" her life really starts to change, and she learns what it is like to feel human again. Within a handful of days, her life becomes very, very interesting.

I love the mysteries that surround both Adele and Tristan. The alternating points of view are woven together very smoothly, and although the two characters' chapters often overlap chronologically, it is very easy to follow.

I really like Mr. Estes's writing style. It is relaxed, well-paced, and easy to read, but it is also emotionally complex. I couldn't stop reading this book...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Olivia Trujillo on Jan. 04, 2013 : star star star star star
Fate friend or Foe??
One side of the coin:
The cruel hand of fate separated Adele from the rest of her family. Torn apart and imprisoned in some fashion or another. A family accused of treason against the government. Seventeen is an age of change and growth for our heroine. Doing time and becoming numb are no longer an option for her. Especially when confronted with the bizarre reaction she has upon coming into contact with the hierarchy's son.

Distance from everyone seemed to work while riding out her eighteenth birthday. So Adele thought until a chance encounter shows her having support from another is not so bad. One friend quickly turns into two. With her new friends willing to help her risk it all to gather her scattered family. She goes out to meet her fate.

The other:
Tristan loathing the life of luxury his forefathers carefully mapped out. Born the son of a President shouldn't be such a burden to bare. As life unfolds he realizes living on the sacrifice's of the lower ranking classes is not all it's cracked up to be. Heading out to take life by the hands is next on his agenda. Going to pursue a girl who bewitched him only with a stare. That and it was backed up by an electrical sensation that was to painful to forget.

I really loved this post apocalyptic tale. The way it jumped between the two rebels. The story just flows spinning from both of their points of views. It was great like both sides where written toward each other. Each chapter tied me into the chaos that Adele was drowning in and then the aftermath Tristan would dive into. I feel the writing was perfectly paced. The way it all unfurls Tristan and Adele both rushing out with so much to achieve. Constantly crossing paths. I was swept away from the moment I picked it up this morning. It was a gripping tale of these two at complete odds with life. Both with contrasting childhoods coming from two different classes of people. The writing and descriptive back rounds for the characters was tactfully done. So much life was poured into them. They stirred so many different emotions from me.

I found the writing from both Tristan's and Adele's POV a key player. It made the book dynamic. Hard to put down.!!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sophia Nicole on Jan. 03, 2013 : star star star star
It's 5:30 in the morning and I just finished this book. I can't sleep. Seriously.

THIS BOOK WAS E.P.I.C.

So much emotions for this book. I'll try and express myself.

First of all, I got this free ebook in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you "Basically Books" and thank you David Estes.

Let me tell you one thing. I had my eye on this book for the last months and many times I had the chance of reading and reviewing it. I really wanted to read this book, but I never tried. Someday, "Basically Books" send me an email which informed me that "The Moon Dwellers" by David Estes, can be send out to readers. I decided, it wasn't random at all. I signed up and I DON'T REGRET IT.

I've read somewhere that this book has been voted as the first book similar to "The Hunger Games". This was something else that made me signed up for this novel. Look, maybe all this dystopian character and the Tri-realms (same as districts in THG) are similar BUT NO. I've read the Hunger games series and trust me, this book has nothing to do with these.

I'm thrilled that a male author won the bet and described from both a male and a female prespective. I think for a man to write from a woman's side is a challenge. A challenge David won it.

I loved that every chapter was told by a different angle , Adele's and Tristan's. I loved the descreptions; not boring and wordy but fast-paced and understandable. I loved the character construction. Adele, the strong heroine, true to her word and the protector of her family. Tristan, innocent and silly sometimes but a great warrior with a gentle heart and smarts. Cole, a guy who suffered so much;yet he doesn't lose his sense of humour. Tawni, a rebellious girl and a supportive friend. Elsey the youngest but so mature.

Also, the author knows how to set the atmosphere and how to create vivd images of the surroundings. The writing is smooth but strong and the grammar and vocabulary well-cared.

So... Let's move on, to my personal thoughts.

I confess, I craved for the moment when Tristan and Adele would meet! Seriosuly, I waited for so long and their official meeting was.... something I've never imagined. It was different but so beautiful.

I devoured this book. I couldn't stand than reading more and more and more! I say to you, this book is a RE-READ for me! After so many months, I finally found a book worth re-reading it!

But..the ending..? Why? Why? WHY? I needed a kiss! I needed more time with Tristan and Adele! I needed answers! Why do they feel pain when they are close? What didn't Tristan tell Adele? What's the meaning of her mom's note? Seriosuly?????? I NEED MOREEEE!!!!!!!

Don't ask me why my rating is 4 stars (actually 4.5). I'm waiting to read the sequel of the series and the last book!

This was a really good story, well-formed and vividly described. Even if I'm not into books which have a sense of impossibity, this novel was DIFFERENT. And I like difference.

So, if you haven't READ THIS! Just read it and then you won't get any sleep.. Like me!

Great work, David Estes!

P.S I loved the name Adele.!! Is this your wife's name..? It's unique.!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sophia Nicole on Jan. 03, 2013 : star star star star
It's 5:30 in the morning and I just finished this book. I can't sleep. Seriously.

THIS BOOK WAS E.P.I.C.

So much emotions for this book. I'll try and express myself.

First of all, I got this free ebook in exchange for my honest opinion. Thank you "Basically Books" and thank you David Estes.

Let me tell you one thing. I had my eye on this book for the last months and many times I had the chance of reading and reviewing it. I really wanted to read this book, but I never tried. Someday, "Basically Books" send me an email which informed me that "The Moon Dwellers" by David Estes, can be send out to readers. I decided, it wasn't random at all. I signed up and I DON'T REGRET IT.

I've read somewhere that this book has been voted as the first book similar to "The Hunger Games". This was something else that made me signed up for this novel. Look, maybe all this dystopian character and the Tri-realms (same as districts in THG) are similar BUT NO. I've read the Hunger games series and trust me, this book has nothing to do with these.

I'm thrilled that a male author won the bet and described from both a male and a female prespective. I think for a man to write from a woman's side is a challenge. A challenge David won it.

I loved that every chapter was told by a different angle , Adele's and Tristan's. I loved the descreptions; not boring and wordy but fast-paced and understandable. I loved the character construction. Adele, the strong heroine, true to her word and the protector of her family. Tristan, innocent and silly sometimes but a great warrior with a gentle heart and smarts. Cole, a guy who suffered so much;yet he doesn't lose his sense of humour. Tawni, a rebellious girl and a supportive friend. Elsey the youngest but so mature.

Also, the author knows how to set the atmosphere and how to create vivd images of the surroundings. The writing is smooth but strong and the grammar and vocabulary well-cared.

So... Let's move on, to my personal thoughts.

I confess, I craved for the moment when Tristan and Adele would meet! Seriosuly, I waited for so long and their official meeting was.... something I've never imagined. It was different but so beautiful.

I devoured this book. I couldn't stand than reading more and more and more! I say to you, this book is a RE-READ for me! After so many months, I finally found a book worth re-reading it!

But..the ending..? Why? Why? WHY? I needed a kiss! I needed more time with Tristan and Adele! I needed answers! Why do they feel pain when they are close? What didn't Tristan tell Adele? What's the meaning of her mom's note? Seriosuly?????? I NEED MOREEEE!!!!!!!

Don't ask me why my rating is 4 stars (actually 4.5). I'm waiting to read the sequel of the series and the last book!

This was a really good story, well-formed and vividly described. Even if I'm not into books which have a sense of impossibity, this novel was DIFFERENT. And I like difference.

So, if you haven't READ THIS! Just read it and then you won't get any sleep.. Like me!

Great work, David Estes!

P.S I loved the name Adele.!! Is this your wife's name..? It's unique.!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kami Bryant on Jan. 01, 2013 : star star star star
This book was gifted to me for an honest review. Thank You!

17-year-old Adele is locked up in a juvenile detention center until she turns 18 when she will be moved to the adult Maximum Security Prison. Her parents were taken away by enforcers. She befriends another girl Tawni. She has an immediate painful reaction when she sees Tristan, the priveleged sun dweller and prince of the Tri-Realms. “Despite the distance, it's like they pierce me to my very soul, sending waves of energy up my back, through my neck, slamming into my brain like a sledge hammer.” Tristan also experiences pain when he sees Adele. “It's like she was metal and I was a magnet...But at the same time it felt like someone had shoved an electric wire into my skin and was frying me from the inside.”

Adele is the daughter of a traitor. “They told me rebelliousness is passed through blood, genetically, like eye color or being able to snap your fingers.”

People live underground and the sun dwellers are those closest to the surface, the moon dwellers are farther down in the earth and the star dwellers are the deepest underground. They are called the Tri-Realms. Adele wants to rescue her family. “Only small hurdles to get over, like escaping from the Pen, crossing hundreds of miles of cave networks while avoiding detection by Enforcers, breaking into at least one maximum security prison, and then breaking back out.”

Tristan wants to find the girl that caused him immediate pain when he looked at her so he leaves his home to find Adele and comes to the Pen right as she is breaking out. There are explosions and they are separated but Tristan is determined to find her.

This book is a dystopian YA that at times reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Dictatorships and class systems are often themes in dystopian novels, I've noticed. Divergent has factions, The Hunger Games has districts and this one has Realms. The strong female protagonist is also something these books have in common. Adele is as strong a fighter as Tris or Katniss. I like these kind of stories. Though there are similarities, they never seem derivative but instead expand upon the theme which I enjoy.

It makes sense that after a nuclear disaster or if an asteroid or meteor hits the earth or some other event took place destroying the environment, that surviving humanity would go underground, this also happens in Enclave. In this book a meteor hit and the government was prepared so they built underground caverns but there wasn't enough room for everyone. All the politicians, doctors, scientists and farmers went and I am betting the rich went as well. For the normal people there was a lottery and everyone had a 1 in 100 chance of being chosen. This is just for the United States. They don't know if any other countries had survival plans. “It is 499 PM (Post-Meteor).”

Men kidnap Tristan and plan on taking him to the star dwellers. “The whole world is exploding, we are captured by a gang of misfits, and one of my captors wants an autograph?” “All I see are star dwellers blowing up moon dwellers, moon dwellers acting like sheep, sun dwellers ruling over all.” “Here he is talking about revolutions and changing the world, and he is willing to risk his life to help a random moon dweller, who happens to be an escaped convict, rescue her father from a secure prison where he is being held on charges of treason?”

I really liked this book a lot. The writing is really good and the characters are great. I was quickly drawn into this world and I care a lot about what is happening with Adele and Tristan and their world underground. Everything was getting exciting and then this book ends. Dang it! Cliffhanger ending! I have to get the next book in this trilogy. Must know what happens!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kami Bryant on Jan. 01, 2013 : star star star star
This book was gifted to me for an honest review. Thank You!

17-year-old Adele is locked up in a juvenile detention center until she turns 18 when she will be moved to the adult Maximum Security Prison. Her parents were taken away by enforcers. She befriends another girl Tawni. She has an immediate painful reaction when she sees Tristan, the priveleged sun dweller and prince of the Tri-Realms. “Despite the distance, it's like they pierce me to my very soul, sending waves of energy up my back, through my neck, slamming into my brain like a sledge hammer.” Tristan also experiences pain when he sees Adele. “It's like she was metal and I was a magnet...But at the same time it felt like someone had shoved an electric wire into my skin and was frying me from the inside.”

Adele is the daughter of a traitor. “They told me rebelliousness is passed through blood, genetically, like eye color or being able to snap your fingers.”

People live underground and the sun dwellers are those closest to the surface, the moon dwellers are farther down in the earth and the star dwellers are the deepest underground. They are called the Tri-Realms. Adele wants to rescue her family. “Only small hurdles to get over, like escaping from the Pen, crossing hundreds of miles of cave networks while avoiding detection by Enforcers, breaking into at least one maximum security prison, and then breaking back out.”

Tristan wants to find the girl that caused him immediate pain when he looked at her so he leaves his home to find Adele and comes to the Pen right as she is breaking out. There are explosions and they are separated but Tristan is determined to find her.

This book is a dystopian YA that at times reminds me of Divergent by Veronica Roth, Enclave by Ann Aguirre, and Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Dictatorships and class systems are often themes in dystopian novels, I've noticed. Divergent has factions, The Hunger Games has districts and this one has Realms. The strong female protagonist is also something these books have in common. Adele is as strong a fighter as Tris or Katniss. I like these kind of stories. Though there are similarities, they never seem derivative but instead expand upon the theme which I enjoy.

It makes sense that after a nuclear disaster or if an asteroid or meteor hits the earth or some other event took place destroying the environment, that surviving humanity would go underground, this also happens in Enclave. In this book a meteor hit and the government was prepared so they built underground caverns but there wasn't enough room for everyone. All the politicians, doctors, scientists and farmers went and I am betting the rich went as well. For the normal people there was a lottery and everyone had a 1 in 100 chance of being chosen. This is just for the United States. They don't know if any other countries had survival plans. “It is 499 PM (Post-Meteor).”

Men kidnap Tristan and plan on taking him to the star dwellers. “The whole world is exploding, we are captured by a gang of misfits, and one of my captors wants an autograph?” “All I see are star dwellers blowing up moon dwellers, moon dwellers acting like sheep, sun dwellers ruling over all.” “Here he is talking about revolutions and changing the world, and he is willing to risk his life to help a random moon dweller, who happens to be an escaped convict, rescue her father from a secure prison where he is being held on charges of treason?”

I really liked this book a lot. The writing is really good and the characters are great. I was quickly drawn into this world and I care a lot about what is happening with Adele and Tristan and their world underground. Everything was getting exciting and then this book ends. Dang it! Cliffhanger ending! I have to get the next book in this trilogy. Must know what happens!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Echoing Star on Dec. 31, 2012 : star star star star star
Originally posted here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/465240310

I am completely speechless. I started this book as soon as I got it and I really wasn't expecting it to be this good. The characters developed really well and I LOVED the main character, which really doesn't happen a lot. There were absolutely no grammar mistakes, which made it even better. I love Adele because she is such a strong character, trying not to break down on the inside when chaos hits her hard. This book was very descriptive and mind-blowing, I could sometimes just put myself in Adele's place, being her while reading. I had to try to stop myself from reading on because I also had another review to finish before this one. Once I finished this book, I had to go and write this review so that my feelings were still raw. This is one amazing book with a lot of suspense and it is certainly one of the best ebooks that I have on my phone. Although this review is short (since I have to go to bed soon), this does not change the fact that it is a really good, intriguing book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: MaryAnn Schroeder on Dec. 31, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved this story! The chapters jump between the main characters viewpoints: Adele, the heroic and brave girl who is serving time because of her parents acts, and Tristan, the handsome and good prince of the Tri-Realms. There are three castes of people in this new world, The Sun Dwellers, The Moon Dwellers, and The Star Dwellers; and Tristan's father, the President, wants to keep things that way.

When Tristan sees Adele in the "Pen", he instantly feels pain in his head, as does she. Why does the prince and a convict have a connection? Tristan decides to find out. The book details his journey to find her, and follows her and her friends escape to save her family. Meanwhile, a war between the Star Dwellers & Moon Dwellers is breaking out. All the characters are well written, and the story is action packed!

I still have so many questions that need answers! I can't wait to read the sequel!

I was given a copy of this book by the author through the Goodreads group Basically Books, for an honest review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lily on Dec. 30, 2012 : star star star
(Full review featured on the Bookluvrs Haven blog)

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.*
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Traci Coker on Dec. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
Moon Dwellers by David Estes
Book I of the Dwellers Saga

Young Adult, Dystyopia, Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis:
In this post-apocalyptic dystopia the US is now divided into three realms known as the Tri-Realms. The Sun Dwellers, Moon Dwellers and Star Dwellers all ruled under the corruption of President Nailin.

At the end of a normal work day, Adele Rose and her family are invaded by the Enforces, a group of soldiers created to enforce the rules of President Nailin and the corrupted government of the Moon Dwellers. Accused of being traitors her family is torn apart. Considered guilty by association, Adele is given a life sentence and sent to the Pen, her parents are imprisoned within the Moon and Star Realms and her sister is placed in an orphanage.

Upon his contract negotiation tour of the Star and Moon Realms, Tristan Nailin participates in a parade that takes him directly past the Pen, where everything changes for both him, Adele, their friends and family....

Review:
Never having read any of David Estes writing, I was afforded an opportunity through Goodreads to receive a free ebook copy of this book for an honest review. I have not received any compensation for this review. This is solely my opinion and my words.

Being that I have recently stumbled into the book review arena, I have found that I am reading books at a more meticulous and critical view. So after reading this book I have two major complaints, the first is that it ends. Since I have committed myself to reviewing several books, I will have to wait to read the next two books in this trilogy. The second, complaint is David Estes is brilliant at imagery and one-liners! Therefore, I spent way too much time making notes.

For me a great writer is one who can transport and bind their characters emotions to that of a reader. David Estes is one of those writers. Many authors attempt writing from multiple perspectives as done in Moon Dwellersl however, Estes accomplishes it well. He provides both Adele and Tristan's point-of-view, which in Estes case, accomplishes the truly difficult - he connects the readers to the characters. I admit I was taken by surprise at how accurately Estes was able to portray the chaotic emotions of a teenage girl. Not just a silly girl, one of depth. A girl on the cusp of womanhood, struggling to overcome her loss, fighting for her life, making decisions that impact others and confused by her own emotions. Adele is definitely a perfectly imperfect and believable heroine.

I do and will continue to recommend this book. I look forward to being able to read the rest of this series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Traci Coker on Dec. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
Moon Dwellers by David Estes
Book I of the Dwellers Saga

Young Adult, Dystyopia, Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis:
In this post-apocalyptic dystopia the US is now divided into three realms known as the Tri-Realms. The Sun Dwellers, Moon Dwellers and Star Dwellers all ruled under the corruption of President Nailin.

At the end of a normal work day, Adele Rose and her family are invaded by the Enforces, a group of soldiers created to enforce the rules of President Nailin and the corrupted government of the Moon Dwellers. Accused of being traitors her family is torn apart. Considered guilty by association, Adele is given a life sentence and sent to the Pen, her parents are imprisoned within the Moon and Star Realms and her sister is placed in an orphanage.

Upon his contract negotiation tour of the Star and Moon Realms, Tristan Nailin participates in a parade that takes him directly past the Pen, where everything changes for both him, Adele, their friends and family....

Review:
Never having read any of David Estes writing, I was afforded an opportunity through Goodreads to receive a free ebook copy of this book for an honest review. I have not received any compensation for this review. This is solely my opinion and my words.

Being that I have recently stumbled into the book review arena, I have found that I am reading books at a more meticulous and critical view. So after reading this book I have two major complaints, the first is that it ends. Since I have committed myself to reviewing several books, I will have to wait to read the next two books in this trilogy. The second, complaint is David Estes is brilliant at imagery and one-liners! Therefore, I spent way too much time making notes.

For me a great writer is one who can transport and bind their characters emotions to that of a reader. David Estes is one of those writers. Many authors attempt writing from multiple perspectives as done in Moon Dwellersl however, Estes accomplishes it well. He provides both Adele and Tristan's point-of-view, which in Estes case, accomplishes the truly difficult - he connects the readers to the characters. I admit I was taken by surprise at how accurately Estes was able to portray the chaotic emotions of a teenage girl. Not just a silly girl, one of depth. A girl on the cusp of womanhood, struggling to overcome her loss, fighting for her life, making decisions that impact others and confused by her own emotions. Adele is definitely a perfectly imperfect and believable heroine.

I do and will continue to recommend this book. I look forward to being able to read the rest of this series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Traci Coker on Dec. 28, 2012 : star star star star star
Moon Dwellers by David Estes
Book I of the Dwellers Saga

Young Adult, Dystyopia, Post-Apocalyptic

Synopsis:
In this post-apocalyptic dystopia the US is now divided into three realms known as the Tri-Realms. The Sun Dwellers, Moon Dwellers and Star Dwellers all ruled under the corruption of President Nailin.

At the end of a normal work day, Adele Rose and her family are invaded by the Enforces, a group of soldiers created to enforce the rules of President Nailin and the corrupted government of the Moon Dwellers. Accused of being traitors her family is torn apart. Considered guilty by association, Adele is given a life sentence and sent to the Pen, her parents are imprisoned within the Moon and Star Realms and her sister is placed in an orphanage.

Upon his contract negotiation tour of the Star and Moon Realms, Tristan Nailin participates in a parade that takes him directly past the Pen, where everything changes for both him, Adele, their friends and family....

Review:
Never having read any of David Estes writing, I was afforded an opportunity through Goodreads to receive a free ebook copy of this book for an honest review. I have not received any compensation for this review. This is solely my opinion and my words.

Being that I have recently stumbled into the book review arena, I have found that I am reading books at a more meticulous and critical view. So after reading this book I have two major complaints, the first is that it ends. Since I have committed myself to reviewing several books, I will have to wait to read the next two books in this trilogy. The second, complaint is David Estes is brilliant at imagery and one-liners! Therefore, I spent way too much time making notes.

For me a great writer is one who can transport and bind their characters emotions to that of a reader. David Estes is one of those writers. Many authors attempt writing from multiple perspectives as done in Moon Dwellersl however, Estes accomplishes it well. He provides both Adele and Tristan's point-of-view, which in Estes case, accomplishes the truly difficult - he connects the readers to the characters. I admit I was taken by surprise at how accurately Estes was able to portray the chaotic emotions of a teenage girl. Not just a silly girl, one of depth. A girl on the cusp of womanhood, struggling to overcome her loss, fighting for her life, making decisions that impact others and confused by her own emotions. Adele is definitely a perfectly imperfect and believable heroine.

I do and will continue to recommend this book. I look forward to being able to read the rest of this series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kristy Byrd on Dec. 28, 2012 : star star star star
The Moon Dwellers has been on my to-read list for awhile, after popping up all over my recs. So when David Estes offered free copies in exchange for honest reviews, I jumped all over it. Dwellers? ON THE MOON? I want to live on the moon! Maybe on THE DARK SIDE. With an alien for a pet! Or at least a really cool moon rock.

They don't really live on the moon. :( Bummer.

But they do live underground, which is ALMOST as cool.

Right off the bat, we meet Adele and I had a feeling she and I would get along swimmingly. Because her name is Adele. Seriously. The only Adele I "know" sets fire to rain and has fabulous hair, so I felt pretty good about this Adele. And I was right. No, she didn't set fire to rain or watch it burn as she touched my face, but she kicked ass and that's even better. I like my girls to be tough. I like for them to hold their own against the boys. Give me Katnisses and Penryns and Sabas and Deuces! Give me girls like Adele who can take on gang leaders and homicidal maniacs. Who can break out of prisons and roundhouse kick guys in the jaw.

Then we meet Tristan, and Tristan is a sun dweller, who does not actually live on the sun. Which is probably a good thing because I can't imagine that would be very comfortable. Tristan is a nice guy and a bit of a rebel, who just so happens to be the king/president/lord and master's eldest son. But Tristan is not like his daddy! He is not like his younger brother! Tristan has MORALS and VALUES and he basically thinks this whole class system is a load of horse shit. He is DIFFERENT. His best friend is his personal servant and that just proves he's different, dammit. And also, he is PAINFULLY DRAWN TO ADELE after spotting her behind the fence of the prison she's being held in for treason. Or something. Hell, who knows, really? Not the government. They're just over there making up shit as they go, throwing people all willy-nilly into death camps and juvie pens and dismal orphanages. Not very nice people, this Tri-Realm government. Not very nice at all. And our Tristan? He is BUSTING OUT OF HIS CHARMED LIFE to find this mysterious girl with green eyes that he shouldn't even know about but he totally does and he's going to find answers about her weird mind bullets that gave him an insta-headache when they made eye contact.

Oh yeah. That just happened. We got insta-loved.
But it's okay, guys! Seriously. Because even though Adele is also PAINFULLY DRAWN TO TRISTAN, there is other things going on and they don't come over all, "I WILL DIE FOR YOU. NAY. I WILL DIE FOR YOU." Instead, shit gets real all over the place and Adele spends majority of the book on the run with her newly acquired friends, Tawni and Cole, she broke out of the pen with, on a Quest to find her sister and father and maybe even mother, if she's even still alive. Tristan is always a couple of steps behind her, fighting his own battles with his Best Servant Friend, Roc, while wondering WTF is up with this Adele girl and her crazy mind bullets, while she's busy wondering WTF is up with this Sun Prince Tristan and his freaky laser eyes and what does this all MEEEEEEANNNN?

There's action and roundhouse kicks and bows and arrows and this crazy dude named Rivet that is just a jackass and it's light on the romance, and heavy on the ass-kicking and at the end, our star crossed lovers are forced to go their separate ways with more questions than answers about their weird pain-connection. Until the next book, The Star Dwellers, presumably.

WHICH I WILL ALSO READ.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kristy Byrd on Dec. 28, 2012 : star star star star
The Moon Dwellers has been on my to-read list for awhile, after popping up all over my recs. So when David Estes offered free copies in exchange for honest reviews, I jumped all over it. Dwellers? ON THE MOON? I want to live on the moon! Maybe on THE DARK SIDE. With an alien for a pet! Or at least a really cool moon rock.

They don't really live on the moon. :( Bummer.

But they do live underground, which is ALMOST as cool.

Right off the bat, we meet Adele and I had a feeling she and I would get along swimmingly. Because her name is Adele. Seriously. The only Adele I "know" sets fire to rain and has fabulous hair, so I felt pretty good about this Adele. And I was right. No, she didn't set fire to rain or watch it burn as she touched my face, but she kicked ass and that's even better. I like my girls to be tough. I like for them to hold their own against the boys. Give me Katnisses and Penryns and Sabas and Deuces! Give me girls like Adele who can take on gang leaders and homicidal maniacs. Who can break out of prisons and roundhouse kick guys in the jaw.

Then we meet Tristan, and Tristan is a sun dweller, who does not actually live on the sun. Which is probably a good thing because I can't imagine that would be very comfortable. Tristan is a nice guy and a bit of a rebel, who just so happens to be the king/president/lord and master's eldest son. But Tristan is not like his daddy! He is not like his younger brother! Tristan has MORALS and VALUES and he basically thinks this whole class system is a load of horse shit. He is DIFFERENT. His best friend is his personal servant and that just proves he's different, dammit. And also, he is PAINFULLY DRAWN TO ADELE after spotting her behind the fence of the prison she's being held in for treason. Or something. Hell, who knows, really? Not the government. They're just over there making up shit as they go, throwing people all willy-nilly into death camps and juvie pens and dismal orphanages. Not very nice people, this Tri-Realm government. Not very nice at all. And our Tristan? He is BUSTING OUT OF HIS CHARMED LIFE to find this mysterious girl with green eyes that he shouldn't even know about but he totally does and he's going to find answers about her weird mind bullets that gave him an insta-headache when they made eye contact.

Oh yeah. That just happened. We got insta-loved.

But it's okay, guys! Seriously. Because even though Adele is also PAINFULLY DRAWN TO TRISTAN, there is other things going on and they don't come over all, "I WILL DIE FOR YOU. NAY. I WILL DIE FOR YOU." Instead, shit gets real all over the place and Adele spends majority of the book on the run with her newly acquired friends, Tawni and Cole, she broke out of the pen with, on a Quest to find her sister and father and maybe even mother, if she's even still alive. Tristan is always a couple of steps behind her, fighting his own battles with his Best Servant Friend, Roc, while wondering WTF is up with this Adele girl and her crazy mind bullets, while she's busy wondering WTF is up with this Sun Prince Tristan and his freaky laser eyes and what does this all MEEEEEEANNNN?

There's action and roundhouse kicks and bows and arrows and this crazy dude named Rivet that is just a jackass and it's light on the romance, and heavy on the ass-kicking and at the end, our star crossed lovers are forced to go their separate ways with more questions than answers about their weird pain-connection. Until the next book, The Star Dwellers, presumably.

WHICH I WILL ALSO READ.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Isabel Gomez on Dec. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
Primarily what I liked about The Moon Dwellers are the vivid descriptions. Action packed scenes (which were a lot) were really told in detail - not just generic terms to indicate pain say inflicted by a punch to the gut and whatnot. Aside from that, since this is set in a world so different, it was nice that David Estes was able to paint a picture of how the underground Tri-Realms look, from the structures, the characters, down to their outfits. Although at one point, wherein Tristan used the word "tunic" to describe how "hot" Adele looks, I can't help but laugh. It was a bit funny (funny weird and funny ha ha at the same time) but it wasn't entirely odd. Just... funny.

Another thing I liked in particular was the pacing. I wasn't hurried into getting a feel of the conflict but at the same time it wasn't so slow that I had to skip a lot of pages just to get through it. I just hate it when some books (not just dystopian) just feed me the conflict without really helping me get into it. You know? The story slowed at key parts where you really need to take the time to read delicate back stories about certain characters without having to dwell too much on it. It was just right.

I also liked that the story was told from two alternating perspectives: Adele's and Tristan's. I liked that some chapters were connected to the one before or after it. Even if Adele and Tristan were in two different places, it's like their stories either go within one story line or they meet at one point. I think this helped keep the momentum going, which also contributed to how smoothly the story went.

I didn't really pay much attention to the love angle, or the insta love angle. Looking at it now though it's great that the love angle was inserted subtly, at least that's how I saw it. The attraction between Adele and Tristan was rooted from the weird painful physical connection that they had. My take on it is, the were curious at first but their feelings grew along the way. It was nothing wild or loud or I profess my undying love for you! It was just... there. Like I said, it was subtle to me.

Perhaps my only issue is how late the historical background came. It's typical among dystopia novels to have the back story about how the new world came to be in the beginning of the book. But in The Moon Dwellers, it was told a few chapters in, in one of Tristan's chapters to be specific. While I appreciate that it was written in Tristan's POV (because the back story involved his bloodline), I still think it came a bit late. Before that chapter all I was thinking of was, why are they underground? Isn't it hot the nearer to you get to the Earth's core? Yeah... I tend to over think things.

Lastly, and this is the reason why I'm giving this review a 5 out of 5 despite my little issues, I think the character development is superb! I've always said that the only way for me to give a book a 5-star rating is if it gives me a hangover. Considering the fact that this book is first in a trilogy, it's bound to leave you hanging. But a hangover is different - it's the pull that makes you want to continue reading or to read it again. That same pull that leaves you wishing the characters in the book were real and that you're friends with them. I've read books with sequels that weren't very engaging so even if it did have a cliffhanger, I didn't bother reading the next books. The Moon Dwellers had a lineup of characters that would really leave you attached to the story so much so that they'll make you laugh with them, cry with them, celebrate with them.

I highly recommend that you read The Moon Dwellers. If you liked The Hunger Games, then I bet you'll like this too. Well formed plot, remarkable set of characters, overall great writing - what more can you ask for?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Averielle Van Horne on Dec. 24, 2012 : star star star star star
Amazing book!!!!!
So sweet that he named the main character after his wife!!!!!!!!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kimberly judd on Dec. 23, 2012 : star star star star star
I was really impressed with The Moon Dwellers by David Estes. It is a beautifully written dystopian/YA/urban fantasy. The book is full of mystery, suspense, action, and the beginnings of romance. The perfect combination. I loved it and can’t wait to see what happens next.

The Moon Dwellers follows Tristan and Adele, and their journey through a post-apocalyptic underground Earth after the surface is left inhabitable. They, and everyone else it seems, are trying to escape the oppression of the sun dwellers, as well as rescue Adele’s “treasonous” family. All while trying to figure out the painfully strong connection between them.

The world building and storyline were very realistic and believable (except near the end). The book was great from the start. The end was a little unbelievable for me, but that in no way ruins the story. I love the characters, especially Adele and how strong she becomes.

I would recommend this book to fans of the The Hunger Games and the The Uglies. I’m a sucker for dystopian novels so keep ‘em comin:)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Celia Stander on Dec. 21, 2012 : (no rating)
For fans of Wool and Hunger Games.

Moon Dwellers is a great addition to the dystopian genre. The action starts early and as a reader, I cheered the two main characters on from the start. There is also a touch of romance, a truly horrible antagonist and seemingly impossible quest. The novel is well written with a good plot and pacing. Something I especially liked is the gutsy female characters. I look forward to reading the next novels in this series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Olivia Trujillo on Dec. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
Fate friend or Foe??
One side of the coin:
The cruel hand of fate separated Adele from the rest of her family. Torn apart and imprisoned in some fashion or another. A family accused of treason against the government. Seventeen is an age of change and growth for our heroine. Doing time and becoming numb are no longer an option for her. Especially when confronted with the bizarre reaction she has upon coming into contact with the hierarchy's son.

Distance from everyone seemed to work while riding out her eighteenth birthday. So Adele thought until a chance encounter shows her having support from another is not so bad. One friend quickly turns into two. With her new friends willing to help her risk it all to gather her scattered family. She goes out to meet her fate.

The other:
Tristan loathing the life of luxury his forefathers carefully mapped out. Born the son of a President shouldn't be such a burden to bare. As life unfolds he realizes living on the sacrifice's of the lower ranking classes is not all it's cracked up to be. Heading out to take life by the hands is next on his agenda. Going to pursue a girl who bewitched him only with a stare. That and it was backed up by an electrical sensation that was to painful to forget.

I really loved this post apocalyptic tale. The way it jumped between the two rebels. The story just flows spinning from both of their points of views. It was great like both sides where written toward each other. Each chapter tied me into the chaos that Adele was drowning in and then the aftermath Tristan would dive into. I feel the writing was perfectly paced. The way it all unfurls Tristan and Adele both rushing out with so much to achieve. Constantly crossing paths. I was swept away from the moment I picked it up this morning. It was a gripping tale of these two at complete odds with life. Both with contrasting childhoods coming from two different classes of people. The writing and descriptive back rounds for the characters was tactfully done. So much life was poured into them. They stirred so many different emotions from me.

I found the writing from both Tristan's and Adele's POV a key player. It made the book dynamic. Hard to put down.!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Olivia Trujillo on Dec. 20, 2012 : (no rating)
Fate friend or Foe??
One side of the coin:
The cruel hand of fate separated Adele from the rest of her family. Torn apart and imprisoned in some fashion or another. A family accused of treason against the government. Seventeen is an age of change and growth for our heroine. Doing time and becoming numb are no longer an option for her. Especially when confronted with the bizarre reaction she has upon coming into contact with the hierarchy's son.

Distance from everyone seemed to work while riding out her eighteenth birthday. So Adele thought until a chance encounter shows her having support from another is not so bad. One friend quickly turns into two. With her new friends willing to help her risk it all to gather her scattered family. She goes out to meet her fate.

The other:
Tristan loathing the life of luxury his forefathers carefully mapped out. Born the son of a President shouldn't be such a burden to bare. As life unfolds he realizes living on the sacrifice's of the lower ranking classes is not all it's cracked up to be. Heading out to take life by the hands is next on his agenda. Going to pursue a girl who bewitched him only with a stare. That and it was backed up by an electrical sensation that was to painful to forget.

I really loved this post apocalyptic tale. The way it jumped between the two rebels. The story just flows spinning from both of their points of views. It was great like both sides where written toward each other. Each chapter tied me into the chaos that Adele was drowning in and then the aftermath Tristan would dive into. I feel the writing was perfectly paced. The way it all unfurls Tristan and Adele both rushing out with so much to achieve. Constantly crossing paths. I was swept away from the moment I picked it up this morning. It was a gripping tale of these two at complete odds with life. Both with contrasting childhoods coming from two different classes of people. The writing and descriptive back rounds for the characters was tactfully done. So much life was poured into them. They stirred so many different emotions from me.

I found the writing from both Tristan's and Adele's POV a key player. It made the book dynamic. Hard to put down.!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: maureen on Dec. 17, 2012 : (no rating)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Overall, I liked this book and it was an easy read aside from some personal difficulties with my first ebook. The lead character, Adele, is very likeable and relateable. There are a number of points when the author reveals her internal dialogue and it's very realistic. The characters are, generally, pretty well developed. I especially liked Cole, though as much as I appreciated the descriptive portrait painted of him I didn't love all of the ways his race was referred to. There were just a couple of times it pushed past descriptive and into uncomfortable for me but I'm likely hypersensitive to that.

The dystopian world that the author has created is unique as there are tiers of classes all living underground. Yet for as well as I could picture the characters, I had a really hard time picturing this world and that was hard for me. The times that take place in caves are easy to imagine hut the world without sky is hard. I kind of wish there had been a paragraph to elaborate on the fake sky/what the fake sun looks like. And I understood that being underground meant there was mostly stone but more visual description of the textures and layout would have enriched the story for me.

Similarly, a felt some major premises were a tad underdeveloped. There may be answers to some of this but it must have been brief enough that I lost them. To me, there was not a lot of explanation about why people went underground, though I remember an explanation of how people were chosen. And Adele searching for her family is a big part of the story but the family dynamic seemed underdeveloped, especially with the mother.

I'm honestly not sure how I feel about the love story angle in this book. A lot of the why behind it is intentionally not revealed. While that frustrates me, it also motivates me to keep reading the trilogy. And the power differences between Adele and Tristan are interesting in a good way. That dynamic reminded me a little bit of Lauren Oliver's Pandemonium. The instant attraction, if you can even call it that, was different, though. I can't say I always liked the instant, constant, unexplained connection and the multiple references to it, though.

Adele is what makes this book a good one. Her cast of sidekicks are impressive, too. And, honestly, it's a pleasure to read an author who seems earnest and less filtered. So those things balance out some of the areas that felt weaker.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jonel Boyko on Dec. 16, 2012 : star star star star star
Ok, so I finished this book about 10 minutes ago and have already purchased 2 sequels. I must say, I was captivated from page one to the final word. This is the first time in a very long time that I have read every word on every page of a book, not skimming a single sentence. Estes makes the weird seem real and very possible while intermingling moments of sheer comedic delight with suspense and heart warming personal moments.

Estes’ action packed story keeps you riveted page after page while he takes the pyramidal caste system found in every society throughout history and makes the differences and trials of each class poignantly clear. He helps demonstrate the differences between the classes by switching the speaker in each paragraph between the 2 main characters. As I am normally not a fan of this style of writing I was a bit leery at the beginning but the author keeps the different perspectives very clear and it greatly helps the progression of the story.

Within Estes’ work you feel like you are reading about real people and living every moment with them. The lack of “cardboard cut-out” characters coupled with the progression of real relationships between individuals draws you further and further into this post-apocalyptic world. You also see the beginnings of a forbidden love story makes your heart twist, hoping for the best but expecting the worst in the suspenseful, war torn era in which the characters find themselves. By the end of the novel I found myself dying to get my hands on the next volume in the series, needing to know what happened next and if everyone would be alright.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jessica Willson on Dec. 16, 2012 : star star star star
Very interesting read! It really took me a little bit to get into it, but can't just quit on a book! Once I got into it, though, I could NOT put it down!! There is just enough action and humor for me, but I was really hoping for a little more romance :( that's ok, though. I bought the other two books already and I'm hoping they will make up for it :) very much looking forward to reading the next two books. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan Francis on Dec. 13, 2012 : star star star star star
The Moon Dwellers is the first of a three part series about a post-apocalyptic society where civilisation exists underground - after destruction of the surface of the earth renders it uninhabitable. The society has a caste-type system called the Tri-Realms, with each realm existing deeper underground. The Sun Realm being the closest to the earth’s surface with ‘upper class’ inhabitants known as Sun Dwellers, the Moon Realm located beneath it where the middle class Moon Dwellers live, and the Star Realm at the lowest where the underclass reside; the Star Dwellers.

This is a well thought out dystopian story that centres around two main characters: Adele Rose and Tristan Nailin. They have lived very different lives. Adele is from the Moon Realm where life has become increasingly hard as a result of the brutal dictatorship of both the Moon and Star dwellers led by President Nailin of the Sun Realm. The President rules with an iron fist and any signs of rebellion are dealt with swiftly and severely. When Adele’s parents are arrested for being suspected rebels she is charged with being guilty by association and is locked up in a juvenile detention centre (the Pen) while her sister is left in an orphanage. Like the name suggests, Tristan is related to the President – he is the older of two sons. He has been brought up in a hedonistic environment and has lived a life of luxury.

While on an official visit to the Moon Realm for his father, Tristan is paraded in the streets crowded with adoring fans. His entourage passes the Pen and he comes into contact with Adele who is able to see the procession from the Pen’s yard. Although some distance away they both become aware of each other and are drawn to one another - not in the conventional boy-meets-girl love-at-first-sight kind of way, but definitely in a way that is intense and cannot be ignored.

Adele is determined to break out of the Pen and rescue her family. Tristan is confused, intrigued and determined to find out why Adele has had this effect on him. Both characters find themselves on an amazing journey which is action packed.

Intriguing, at times humorous and at other times quite sad, The Moon Dwellers is a page-turner of a novel that I am glad I had the opportunity to read. The back story for each character is well presented as is the history of how the Tri-Realms came about. I would not say it is without flaws (few novels are). For me there was a little too much stating of the obvious (e.g. often a character would make a joke and one of the protagonists would then clarify that it was a joke - which gave the joke less impact). Also, I found both Adele and Tristan to be so similar in personality (same sense of humour and same way to expressing themselves) that to some extent they lacked individuality.

I would recommend this book to others and I am interested to read the next instalment. It gets 4.5 stars from me.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dii on Dec. 13, 2012 : star star star star star
Great YA Read!

Decades ago, the world was coming to an end, to survive, humans went underground, living in a caste-like system in three levels: the Sun Dwellers, who have the power, the wealth, the Moon Dwellers, middle of the road, and the Star Dwellers, the lowest class of the three.

Adele, a seventeen-year-old Moon Dweller has been wrongfully given a life sentence in prison. She escapes with two friends, going in search of her family, only to find that a war has begun on the outside, pitting the levels against each other.

Tristan is the son of the ruling President, a less than honorable man who uses him as a 'figurehead' to the lower classes. Hating his role as the Prince and heir to the presidency, Tristan is still bound to do his father's bidding, but longs to escape.

One day while fulfilling his princely duty, Tristan is in a parade that passes Adele in the prison yard, their eyes meet, and Adele feels an instant and painful connection to him.

What will happen when these two meet? What are their destinies? What is the pull they feel toward each other?

David Estes has done a superb job of creating a nightmarish world where corruption runs rampant. His attention to detail is amazing. These characters are live and gutsy! I would highly recommend this YA series to anyone!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Meg Gatza on Dec. 11, 2012 : star star star star
CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!

I received an ebook copy of the book to read from the author in exchange for a review. I would have finished the book sooner but for a 10 hour drive, Thanksgiving, and having a small window with a library book. Once I got into the book, though, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys dystopian novels or other YA science fiction.

The description of the underground cities impressed me; I felt more as if I were a part of the world than with other novels I've read recently. The characters--particularly Cole, Tristan, and Adele--have believable depth. Their character traits and flaws and physical descriptions never overpowered the plot. One of the major plot points--the attraction between Adele and Tristan--felt cheesy at times, but as the book progressed it felt less contrived and more believable.

Like the first book of many YA trilogies I've read recently, Moon Dwellers doesn't feel complete. It makes me want to read the Star Dwellers, of course, but I tend to prefer the satisfaction of completeness in a book. The ending, I think intentionally, feels like a deep breath before the next book begins.

Non-spoiler plot information: I read a fair number of reviews who thought the book started out too slowly, with a lot of description. I very strongly disagree with that. I thought it was a very good balance of early action with the Pen and the introduction of the two POV characters and their connection as well as a description of the world.

World Analysis: This is actually the second underworld dystopian novel I've read in the last three weeks, so I can't help but compare them (the other was CIty of Ember by Jeanne Duprau). It's not until the middle of Moon Dwellers as the four fugitives escape on the express train to subchapter 26 that I got a real sense of the vastness of the Tri-Realms. (Ember is comparatively small.) The history of the Tri-Realms is also believable, from the “1% Sun Dwellers” to the squalor of the Star and Moon Realms and the corruption and greed that pushed the realms to their current arrangements.

Plot Analysis: It’s a well-driven plot. It’s not breath-takingly fast paced, but it’s definitely action packed. The entire thing feels like a setup for the next books, which makes me want to read the next two. One of the most compelling reasons to read Star Dwellers is to determine the bomb sequence that allowed them to narrowly escape each time. As the book ends, we know where Tawni and Adele are headed, but we don’t know what Adele’s father, Elsey, Roc, and Tristan will be up to in Star Dwellers.

Character Analysis: As I mentioned above, initially the pain/attraction between Adele and Tristan got on my nerves. Until they met, it seemed juvenile, and as a driving plot force it bothered me. Once they met and the intensity of the pain died down, and so did the urgency, it began to feel less like a plot device and more like an interaction between two characters. I think as a plot device it may develop more in a positive direction in the next book.

I loved Cole, particularly when he was first introduced with the strength of his eyes: “When I say strength, I mean strength. Most people talk about eye color when they talk about eyes--I certainly do. And yes Cole’s eyes are a beautifully warm shade of milky chocolate brown. But what I notice is what’s behind his eyes. It’s like he’s wearing steel-plated contacts or something. ...” That description sold me on Cole’s character from the beginning.

I also like Elsey. She’s a remarkable 10-year-old, and feels very much like it. A mature, teacher-like 10, but still very 10. She’s a child, in a tough situation, who handles herself very maturely as things get tougher.

I’m still not sure what prompted Tawni to come speak to Adele in the first place, but I liked her, too. She’s very concerned with separating herself from her parents, which clearly Tristan is also, but in a very adamant way from the beginning. To be a Sun Dweller with property is to be reviled. To be a Moon Dweller with property in a poor district because you are a spy...that’s almost another thing entirely. I’m very curious to see Tawni’s development in the next book.

I cannot wait to read Star Dwellers, and I’m already looking forward to Sun Dwellers.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: NatashaMay on Dec. 11, 2012 : star star star star
A wonderful dystopian read of two worlds colliding. I like Adele. She’s a tough cookie dealing with a shit life she’s been given. The story is written from two POVs but I felt something lacking in Tristan’s POV. I wasn’t as convinced reading it than the Adele’s part. However it was a pleasure to read about their adventures while running through the tunnels. I was really excited to see when will they bump into each other. Now I can’t wait to find out what their connection is all about.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Haraiah Dajay on Dec. 10, 2012 : star star star star star
Prologue. PROLOGUE and already my mind is going ‘Woah! This is going to be one hell of a book!’ and boy was it not? With a fresh dystopian approach, let’s make a tour of this new underground home built after an apocalypse that resulted into a Tri-realm society where life isn't as different as above, only with more thrill and adventure – and an artificial sun.

Life as a Moon Dweller isn't easy. And without knowing where her family or whether they are still alive, Adele spent her life in prison distanced from everyone until she met Tawni and Cole who were later her partners in 'crime' breaking out of the Pen and finding her family.

Enter Tristan - rich, famous, gorgeous Tristan; a Sun Dweller who happened to have felt a connection on a random dark-haired Moon Dweller prisoner. Determined to get a life and find out what that connection is, he set out with his friend Roc outwitting his father's guards on his journey that led to an absolute maze of a cat-and-mouse chase; much like traveling the Lonely Caverns, if you know what I mean.

And this is where the adventure starts. Adele, unbeknownst to Tristan, is also drawn to that unusual connection. Now hold your thought! Before you go any further, it wasn’t some prelude for a clichéd instalove, that's for sure. Curious as she was, finding her family and getting them back is more important and that is what I really like about her. She's smart, funny, brave and rational. Add that to the fact that she kick's ass. Tristan even got a taste of that wicked roundhouse, unexpectedly and unfortunately. He's not someone she trusts and whatever connection they have will not change that. He is, after all, a Sun Dweller and the successor of his father's presidency - or kingship - and is hated by those who are not blinded by his favors.

David Estes deserves every bit of recognition for his absolutely brilliant self-published work. I admire his writing style, which is very much worth noticing. It made me smile, amazed and just damn awed. It’s like he knows exactly what his readers want and just as you begin to question a certain part then BAM! You get the answer right after.

Not all of them, of course. Now where would be the suspense in that then? Need I clarify why I have to read the second book? Because seriously, this book is awesome and not reading the sequel would be a total sin. Get me? LOL! Thank you, David, for creating this beauty. I'm really looking forward to highlighting a lot more of your clever, amusing and original metaphors in my reader.

Don't expect me to compare this to other dystopian books out there because personally, I think this book is original and well-thought. I love it! I wasn't expecting much from this but damn if it didn't get me hooked.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Moka (Words Create Scenes) on Dec. 10, 2012 : star star star star
My thoughts(This may contain some spoilers):
The Moon Dwellers is full of surprises. There's always something happening, and it's not an ounce of boring. The prologue is very suspenseful. It's told in Adele's view, and it's 7 months earlier than where most of the story stands. The descriptions of the scenes play out smoothly and creates amazing imagery. All the tension and emotion just fill the page clearly.

Chapter One starts out smoothly as well. Chapter one is the real deal. It introduces a lot of stuff, and really hooks the read like the prologue does. The main character is calm and collective. Pensive about the weird tingling feeling she gets when she see's him(Tristan), and also thinks about suicide. She considers it like all of the other Moon Dwellers. She's a survivalist, though, like her dad. She feels lost and alone, but she's also strong, independent, and rebellious. She's a fighter, and so that's not an option for her. Her father seems like an icon to her. She looks up to him as not only her dad, but her teacher and inspiration.

Tristan is "a beacon of light in the dark." The girls adore him and he's basically a celebrity. The book describes him as being "instinctive to look at." His blond, curly hair, tall and solid frame, and navy blue eyes does him justice I guess. He's a Sun dweller, and his dad's a creep. I feel that Tristan is a dynamic character. Tristan is described as feeling like a puppet. At first he would parade around like his dad wanted him to, but then he run had off after he realized he had had enough. You can see the softer side of Tristan when he talks about his childhood.

Roc is Tristan's servant. He is introduced as being his best friend and brother. Roc is Tristan's go-to person to talk out his feelings and to just hang when he's not doing what his father wants him to. Roc is taught by Tristan how to fight, and is always by his side. He's really loyal.

Tristan's father is a disgusting person. He has money named after him, and he practically rules all of the Realms in some form. He rules in a dictator-ship sort of way. Meanwhile, Tristan totally disapproves of this. He even calls his prisoners "guests". WHAT? What! That's kinda clever, but seriously. In real life, you'd have to be a mad hatter to say that.

I adored the characters in The Moon Dweller. They were all different, but powerful in their own ways. Tawni, with the unique colored hair and porcelain features reminded me of a doll at first. Then I realized with the name, was it really possible for her to be a wimpy character? No. No, it isn't. Tawni is one of the more amusing characters. She's casual, but comes off a bit humorous even in the baddest of the bad situations. She's like the one laid back person you'd find in a school. Not to mention, highly compassionate.

Cole. This character was highly interesting. His temper made him stand out. One minute he's joking about, and the next raging or all serious, but it's for the good. He is loyal to his friends and his anger is for reasons clarified as good.

The setting: The world seems bland. Real deal wildlife? Yeah, that's rare. It's too magical to exist. A dystopian for sure: Laws playing out, governing everyone's life to each little move they make. But the blandness made this book. The surface of the earth was destroyed long ago, and now everyone had to make their way to the underground lands. It's a pretty clever idea, I feel, for someone to actually come up with a world that's completely different. New rules. New adaptions. New life techniques. Same human-like behavior, of course, because they are people after all.

There's three Realms: Sun, Moon and Star(It's like a caste system). They break into subchapters. Adele was currently held prisoner in the Pen's main building and from there the whole thing is surrounded by a electric fence. The pens are in crappy conditions. There's rock benches, lots of fighting, short showers, and really dirty, empty living spaces.

The writing style is incredible. It's not only imagery, but it's also action packed. The references and comparisons were clever. The toothpaste reference was really deep. "Have human lives become like a tube of toothpaste? Something to be used up and thrown away?" (Chapter 1).

So, just a quite plot summary: The father complained and they took him away. Mother, too, guilty by association. Now Adele is at the pen, and her sister in a broken down orphanage. It's the moon dweller life. It's "The hard knock life." With the whole orphan and bad living conditions, this Annie reference was appealing.

This is one of those reads where you can read it multiple times. It's short, but I feel that shortness supports it. Within the amount of pages The Moon Dwellers contain, an unique plot is revealed, along with amazing characters. If you ever get the chance, read this book. You won't regret it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: thomas jose on Dec. 10, 2012 : star star star star star
I pretty much enjoyed this book.(five stars).
I have seen many comparing it with suzanne collins' hunger games. But i felt the moon dwellers are in someway better than hunger games.
Set up in a post apocalyptic world, where the socity is split up into three realms,(star,moon,and sun) The moon dwellers tell the story of the teenage girl adele and her friends. Adele's family has been arrested by the enforcers and her family is all splited up. With help of her friends tawni and cole adele escapes the the 'pen' and go for finding her lost family members.
When tristan, son of the presidint of sun dwellers learns that he can't live without the pretty young moon dweller girl who he had found being inside pen, he and his friend roc go searching for her. Are the destinied to meet up?
The moon dwellers is a real page-turner packed with thundorus action wonderful adventures, sorrowful partings and happy reunions.
With his amazing skills in charector sketching and nice way of story-telling, the author is not far away from what suzanne collins and cassandra clare are in YA fiction
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jessica West on Dec. 08, 2012 : star star star star
At first i couldnt really get into this book.. but after the first couple of chapters i got sucked.. i enjoyed how the it is seperated into the two perspectives of Adele and Tristan, except at time i felt like they were just repeating each other..i also enjoyed how it was fast paced after the first couple of chapter..The characters were also in depth and you got the feeling you really got to know them..
will definately be recommending :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Kiara Bernadette on Dec. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Firstly, many thanks to David Estes who kindly send me a copy of Mood Dwellers.
The novel is so amazing, now I understand why so many people has praised it.
Adele, our heroine (which is also the name of David's wife, that's cool to use his wife name) is a kickass girl who I adore so much. she's strong, fierce, yet soft and innocent.
I love the way David spills the background story little by little, giving us truth but not lay it openly all at once. even by the end of book one, there are still secret hidden by Tristan.
oh well, Tristan. how I love his connection to Adele so much, and the chemistry is so strong, makes me wonder whats the real deal of the electricity between them.
one thing more I love about this book is how David Estes puts humor in thrilling scenes, and it worked brilliantly. it cracked me up, sometimes I found myself smiling or even laughing when reading this book.
one thing that disturbed me is actually the switching part of Adele and Tristan, although I know its good to makes me understand their feeling and background better, its kinda bother me how the point of view change back and forth. but maybe its just me who like to read mono point of view. but its just a meaningless glitch really, for I really enjoy every second reading this. I already bought book two and three, and I can't wait to get started! (that's another thing I love about David Estes, he doesn't makes me wait until next year or so to read the next book!)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kiara Bernadette on Dec. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
Firstly, many thanks to David Estes who kindly send me a copy of Mood Dwellers.
The novel is so amazing, now I understand why so many people has praised it.
Adele, our heroine (which is also the name of David's wife, that's cool to use his wife name) is a kickass girl who I adore so much. she's strong, fierce, yet soft and innocent.
I love the way David spills the background story little by little, giving us truth but not lay it openly all at once. even by the end of book one, there are still secret hidden by Tristan.
oh well, Tristan. how I love his connection to Adele so much, and the chemistry is so strong, makes me wonder whats the real deal of the electricity between them.
one thing more I love about this book is how David Estes puts humor in thrilling scenes, and it worked brilliantly. it cracked me up, sometimes I found myself smiling or even laughing when reading this book.
one thing that disturbed me is actually the switching part of Adele and Tristan, although I know its good to makes me understand their feeling and background better, its kinda bother me how the point of view change back and forth. but maybe its just me who like to read mono point of view. but its just a meaningless glitch really, for I really enjoy every second reading this. I already bought book two and three, and I can't wait to get started! (that's another thing I love about David Estes, he doesn't makes me wait until next year or so to read the next book!)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Michael Griffith on Dec. 08, 2012 : star star star star
I really liked this book, the concept behind it was sound and enjoyable, especially given the time that we live in, whole fear of world ending and stuff. I thought the presentation was very well done, the two main characters meet from across a prison fence and what develops from there is memorable, if not for the reader then for the world in which the characters live. The book is very fast paced and combine that with its shorterish length a fast reader can finish in one sitting, technically two for me. The story is separated into the perspectives of the two main characters, Adele and Tristan. It starts out showing why Adele is in prison and that she is watching a parade which Tristan is apart of, their eyes meet and the rest is a painful history (read to figure out what i mean). I think this manner of story telling suits the story well, as it allows the reader to get a glimpse into the minds of both about the things that are going on, and makes you see how the author is leading them together. The action scenes of the story are very well done, even faster paced than the overall story. They are detailed but not so detailed as to make them obnoxious. There are some aspects that I am still left questioning, mainly the fighting abilities of Adele, but i hope those are going to be expounded upon in the series. The book moves fast, as stated before, so the scenes and tensions resolve quickly. So depending on your perspective, this could be an amazing book, or an amazingly boring one. Which ever you should still give it a try. I think that even readers of epics like LOTR will still enjoy this quick read.

As far as characters go i can't really say i have one that absolutely hate, and if you read you will see why. But I know that I do love Cole/Roc. yes they are separate characters but they still play the same role, though you wouldn't think that at the beginning. I think the author uses their foilness well to the main characters, and is what helps the main characters grow so much through the couple of days the book covers.


All in all a good read and one that lovers of other dystopians such as Hunger Games, and Delirium should enjoy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Clarifina Moore on Dec. 08, 2012 : star star star star
     I'm so glad I read this! I had given up on finding a book similar to The Hunger Games but this came very close. *happy sigh. Thank you David for giving me an ebook copy of Moon Dwellers! 
     Hmm, where do I start? Oh, right. Another cliff-hanger!! Why?! And just when I had free time too. :( I need to get my hands on Star Dwellers. *sigh I barely had time to read this but...I made sure to have time to do it. Whether it was during my break or in the middle of the night, I found myself reading it, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The action never ceased to exist in the book so it was interesting although some parts were a teeny weeny bit draggy and then some parts were too short. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. But I was quite upset because for most of the book, Adele and Tristan weren't together so there wasn't much romance and i am a romance book junkie. Although they were constantly thinking about each other. 
     Another thing I like about this book is the switching POVs. Whenever I find out that a book has switching POVs I become super happy because I won't have to figure out what's going on in the other character's head and i can understand both characters more. Although for some books, it's better that way. 
      Anyway, I really liked the characters in the book. If a heroine can kick ass, I'm all for it because it's fun. It's not like books where the heroine is all weak and waits for her knight in shining armour to protect her-the damsel in distress. Not that I don't like those kind of books. I do but for books where there's a lot of action and war going on, I expect the heroine to at least know how to throw a punch or two and not wait for her hero to rescue her. It gets boring when she's just an observer and doing nothing but watch the others fend for her. Luckily, Adele is not one of those dainty heroines who don't like to get their hands dirty. In fact, she actually does a pretty good job at fighting. And she was also not one of those bratty teenage girls. That I am thankful for.
      Now, I liked Tristan a lot. It was actually funny at times because of him and Roc. I enjoyed reading about their playful banter and was touched by their close bond. Tristan is not one of those snobbish rich dudes who's all "I am mighty and you're not worthy so bow before your highness". If he was that kind of character, I'd be royally pissed and would probably loathe him which would be a shame considering how much I liked Moon Dwellers.
      I think this was a good read. Moon Dwellers is a book for people who like action with a dash of romance set in a dystopian place. I would suggest anyone who likes Hunger Games to just give this a try.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Clarifina Moore on Dec. 08, 2012 : star star star star
     I was very excited about reading this when it was voted #1 similar to Hunger Games on a goodreads list. I'm so glad I read this! I had given up on finding a book similar to The Hunger Games but this came very close. *happy sigh. Thank you David for giving me an ARR ebook copy of Moon Dwellers! 
     Hmm, where do I start? Oh, right. Another cliff-hanger!! Why?! And just when I had free time too. :( I need to get my hands on Star Dwellers. *sigh I barely had time to read this but...I made sure to have time to do it. Whether it was during my break or in the middle of the night, I found myself reading it, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The action never ceased to exist in the book so it was interesting although some parts were a teeny weeny bit draggy and then some parts were too short. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. But I was quite upset because for most of the book, Adele and Tristan weren't together so there wasn't much romance and i am a romance book junkie. Although they were constantly thinking about each other. 
     Another thing I like about this book is the switching POVs. Whenever I find out that a book has switching POVs I become super happy because I won't have to figure out what's going on in the other character's head and i can understand both characters more. Although for some books, it's better that way. 
      Anyway, I really liked the characters in the book. If a heroine can kick ass, I'm all for it because it's fun. It's not like books where the heroine is all weak and waits for her knight in shining armour to protect her-the damsel in distress. Not that I don't like those kind of books. I do but for books where there's a lot of action and war going on, I expect the heroine to at least know how to throw a punch or two and not wait for her hero to rescue her. It gets boring when she's just an observer and doing nothing but watch the others fend for her. Luckily, Adele is not one of those dainty heroines who don't like to get their hands dirty. In fact, she actually does a pretty good job at fighting. And she was also not one of those bratty teenage girls. That I am thankful for.
      Now, I liked Tristan a lot. It was actually funny at times because of him and Roc. I enjoyed reading about their playful banter and was touched by their close bond. Tristan is not one of those snobbish rich dudes who's all "I am mighty and you're not worthy so bow before your highness". If he was that kind of character, I'd be royally pissed and would probably loathe him which would be a shame considering how much I liked Moon Dwellers.
      I think this was a good read. Moon Dwellers is a book for people who like action with a dash of romance set in a dystopian place. I would suggest anyone who likes Hunger Games to just give this a try.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Clarifina Moore on Dec. 08, 2012 : star star star star
     I was very excited about reading this when it was voted #1 similar to Hunger Games on a goodreads list. I'm so glad I read this! I had given up on finding a book similar to The Hunger Games but this came very close. *happy sigh. Thank you David for giving me an ARR ebook copy of Moon Dwellers! 
     Hmm, where do I start? Oh, right. Another cliff-hanger!! Why?! And just when I had free time too. :( I need to get my hands on Star Dwellers. *sigh I barely had time to read this but...I made sure to have time to do it. Whether it was during my break or in the middle of the night, I found myself reading it, wanting to know what was going to happen next. The action never ceased to exist in the book so it was interesting although some parts were a teeny weeny bit draggy and then some parts were too short. Other than that, I really enjoyed the book. But I was quite upset because for most of the book, Adele and Tristan weren't together so there wasn't much romance and i am a romance book junkie. Although they were constantly thinking about each other. 
     Another thing I like about this book is the switching POVs. Whenever I find out that a book has switching POVs I become super happy because I won't have to figure out what's going on in the other character's head and i can understand both characters more. Although for some books, it's better that way. 
      Anyway, I really liked the characters in the book. If a heroine can kick ass, I'm all for it because it's fun. It's not like books where the heroine is all weak and waits for her knight in shining armour to protect her-the damsel in distress. Not that I don't like those kind of books. I do but for books where there's a lot of action and war going on, I expect the heroine to at least know how to throw a punch or two and not wait for her hero to rescue her. It gets boring when she's just an observer and doing nothing but watch the others fend for her. Luckily, Adele is not one of those dainty heroines who don't like to get their hands dirty. In fact, she actually does a pretty good job at fighting. And she was also not one of those bratty teenage girls. That I am thankful for.
      Now, I liked Tristan a lot. It was actually funny at times because of him and Roc. I enjoyed reading about their playful banter and was touched by their close bond. Tristan is not one of those snobbish rich dudes who's all "I am mighty and you're not worthy so bow before your highness". If he was that kind of character, I'd be royally pissed and would probably loathe him which would be a shame considering how much I liked Moon Dwellers.
      I think this was a good read. Moon Dwellers is a book for people who like action with a dash of romance set in a dystopian place. I would suggest anyone who likes Hunger Games to just give this a try.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: yalle ondarza on Dec. 07, 2012 : star star star star star
This is a great book full of action and adventure. Even though it does have a romantic aspect to it, it is not over done, causing the story not to be appealing to male readers. If you liked “Hunger Games,” you will like this book. I loved the fact that Adele is not some defenseless main girl, just waiting to be rescued. She is fierce and capable of anything. The characters are believable and easy to identify with, due to the fact that they share many fears that would be with us in a distressful situation.

The story is very addictive and makes you want to read all three books back to back, which is just what I am going to do.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Megan Nicole on Dec. 06, 2012 : star star star star
I received a copy of this book from the author as part of a Read 4 Review on Goodreads.

The Moon Dwellers is a fast-paced, action-packed, dystopian story that should be placed right up there with the best of them!

The world is what pulled me in. Hundreds of years after a meteor crashed and destroyed the planet the only survivors live underground split into three different realms. First we have the Sun Dwellers the privileged and rich, then there’s the Moon Dwellers the middle class, and certainly not forgotten are the Star Dwellers, the poorest class.

This book is told in alternating points of view from Adele and Tristan. Adele is a strong kick butt take names later kind of heroine. Tristan is a swoon worthy, devoted and brave male lead. I also loved the supporting characters. Tawni, Cole and Roc are also fun, loyal and lovable characters. I loved the sarcasm they all had despite the life or death circumstances.

One thing I was surprised with by this book was that during most of it the two main characters haven’t even met. Adele is running, after escaping prison, on a mission to rescue her family; Tristan is running, hiding and fighting just to catch up to Adele! It was kind of romantic if you ask me – despite the fact that they were strangers and maybe inflicting pain on the other. When they do finally meet it’s not overly cheesy or romantic (how could it be they’re in middle of a war) but your heart will do some fluttering.

While reading this I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat, heart pounding, and I almost skipping ahead dying to know what happens next! When you think “they’re gonna make it!” then BAM! Something happens and sets them back, the action just never stops!

Would I recommend this to others to read? Definitely! Would I read the other books in this series? Yes & I can’t wait to!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Toron on Dec. 05, 2012 : star star star
I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review. The Moon Dwellers is a dystopian novel set in the future where life above ground was no longer possible so people began digging underground and creating communities below the surface. However, the government quickly turned into a dictatorship and the class distinctions became more evident than ever. The poorest, the Star Dwellers, live farthest below the surface with the Moon Dwellers, or middle class, above them and the rich Sun Dwellers living closest to the surface. Adele Rose is a Moon Dweller who was put in prison after her parents were arrested as traitors. She sees Tristan, the President's son, through the gates of the prison and both of them feel pain when they look at each other. Adele decides to break out of prison when she makes some new friends that agree to help her. At the same time, Tristan decides to run away from home to find Adele and hopefully get some answers about why he is drawn to her.

The book was very fast paced and had a lot of action. I really liked that Adele was able to hold her own in a fight and was willing to do anything to rescue the rest of her family. The characters were well developed and interesting, even if their dialogue was sometimes a bit corny. I admired Tristan's loyalty to his friend Roc and to Adele, who he hadn't even met. Estes created a very vivid underground world, full of caverns and tunnels and entire cities. Overall this was a great start to what seems to be a very exciting series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Ria Shah on Dec. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
I received this book for free from the author in return for agreeing to review it so here I am. Thanks again David! So the Moon Dwellers... Where to begin? I enjoyed this book as a whole, I like the concept behind it of people living underground, but I like all dystopian novels for that reason. To see what the author came up with for this particular world. However, I do have to say that I am a sucker for romance and all I wanted was one kiss!!! That was the biggest thing for me was that one kiss. Other than that this book seemed slightly generic to me and I didn't feel as though the characters were fully developed yet. There was so much more that they could have been. I am going to be looking for that if and when I read The Star Dwellers. I'm not going to be posting any details from the book so as to not ruin it for people who want to read it. My verdict would be, if you're looking for a novel to satisfy your craving for some dystopian reads, then go and check out the Moon Dwellers for sure. If you're looking for a book to leave you breathless and leave you unable to sleep, then you'll have to take the search elsewhere. Thanks for reading this review!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kate Camp on Dec. 04, 2012 : star star star star
After finishing this book, I'm ready to read on! I have The Star Dwellers and The Sun Dwellers ready and waiting. I really enjoy dystopian novels, and YA dystopians especially. I loved the underground world presented here and its backstory was supplied without getting too expository. The "tri-realms" are basically set up as a caste system, and the U.S. has gone underground hundreds of years ago and has since degenerated into a monarchy run by an arse of a dictator. Pretty cool set up. This story, set in this cool underground world, has lots of action and bright spots of humor to counter the sadness and the dreariness of fighting for survival. This story unfolds as the hero and heroine go about their personal quests, then develops into a broader scope as they realize they have a greater purpose. Also, some good moments in here with the secondary characters that really added depth to the novel. I love great secondary characters! But on to our main characters...

Our heroine, Adele (a Moon Dweller), is strong and I like that. While not getting too detailed on why her parents chose to train her up the way they did (or exactly why they were branded traitors), you can believe she is as bad of an ass as Estes makes her. Same with our hero, Tristan (a Sun Dweller). We get a sense of his goodness and that he takes after his mother without getting too much family backstory dumped on us. I did, at times, wish I understood some of their motivations a little more, however. I believe we will learn more about Adele's and Tristan's families, which will fill out more of the series plot. I also wish there had been a little exposition on the love story aspect of this novel, since the hero and heroine are mysteriously drawn to each other by a puzzling physical pain which manifests when the two are around each other. Not what you would think would draw two people together, but it seems to get them aware of each other and seeking answers. We, however, don't get the answer to that puzzle yet! I think that was my biggest complaint about this story. I don't like "insta-love" unless I understand the "why" of it. My other complaint was some of the convenient accidents that occurred to help the characters along. These are touted in the novel as being more than coincidence, however, even if the characters don't understand the reasoning yet. I think we'll find out, though, on both counts, so I will keep reading.

Although not what I would call riveting, overall, this book was well written and interesting enough for me to keep reading the series.

I received a free copy of this book to read and review. (I purchase the next two in the series!)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Angela Roque on Dec. 04, 2012 : (no rating)
Thank you, Mr. Estes for giving me the chance to read this.
I love the characters and how the story goes though the development between the two main characters were fast. The story showed some points in reality where we experience problems but then we have to fight and think positive no matter how big the problem is. The setting was awesome, but it would be more awesome if there would be a map included where we can really imagine where the subchapters would be located. Overall, it was an amazing read and I had fun reading this! I'm excited to read the next one!

PS I really, really love the cover!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Nitza Jones-Sepulveda on Dec. 03, 2012 : star star star star star
I received a free copy of The Mood Dwellers, the first book in the Dwellers trilogy, from author David Estes (thanks, Mr. Estes) in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the Hunger Games trilogy, I have become a devout fan of dystopian fiction. I definitely feel that The Mood Dwellers belongs in the same category as the Hunger Games, the Razorland trilogy, and other similar novels. It is an action packed, suspenseful page-turner and I enjoyed every minute reading it.

Here is the situation. After a series of events made the earth’s surface inhabitable, humans were forced to go underground and eventually create the Tri-realms: the Sun Realm, the Moon Realm, and the Star Realm. Seventeen- year-old Adele Rose is in the Pen as part of a life sentence after her parents were arrested and convicted as traitors. When she turns 18, which will be soon, she will be transferred to the “Max” to serve out the rest of her sentence. Her younger sister, Elsey, is currently at an orphanage and her parents have been taken to parts unknown, possibly dead. With the help of her new friends Tawni and Cole, Adele is determined to break out of the Pen and find her family.

One day, while sitting in the courtyard of the Pen, Adele spots Tristan Nailin as he travels past during his tour of the Mood Realm. Tristan is a Sun Dweller and the eldest son of President Nailin who rules the Tri-Realms. Tristan is a celebrity within the Tri-realms and most girls would do anything just to be in his presence. Adele, however, has never been enticed by his status or his good looks. To her, Tristan is just a spoil Sun dweller that lives a life of luxury in the Sun Realm while the Moon and Star dwellers suffer a life of poverty and hardship. When Tristan and Adele make eye contact, however, they experience intense headaches for reasons unknown. Tristan detests his father, the Sun Realm, and his celebrity status. Curious about his intense attraction to Adele (but, not in the “love-at-first-sight” kind of way) and the intense pain that he experiences in her presence and desperate to get away from his father and the Sun Realm, Tristan decides to go on a journey, with his friend and servant Roc, to the Moon Realm to find Adele. And to top off everything, a war begins to brew within the Tri-Realms. The story is told in the alternating points of view of Adele and Tristan.

All the characters in this book are three dimensional with strong personalities, especially the main characters Adele and Tristan. There are no shallow characters; actually those types of people are severely frowned upon by Adele, Tristan and their friends. I think my favorite character was Cole. He is a really intense, mysterious man who is quick tempered but just as quickly comical and forgiving. He is also very protective and is a good judge of character. Although he is very curious about her, he seems to trust Adele and want to help her quite quickly. In turn, Cole’s sarcastic nature helps to break the ice that has formed around Adele over her 6 months in the Pen. Adele is quickly drawn to and mirrors Cole’s humor. There are a few interactions between them that had me laughing out loud. As a matter of fact, a good amount of sarcasm and comic relief can be found throughout the book, even within the thoughts of Adele and Tristan.

For the action fans out there, you will definitely not be disappointed with this book. There are plenty of battle scenes that include swords, whips, guns, and Tasers. But the most intriguing one are the old fashioned, hand to hand battles where there is taunting and the participants circle each other before engaging. And despite the obvious separation of classes (Sun dwellers being the upper class, Moon being the middle and Star being the lower) and the dictatorship society (although, Tristan mentions many times how his father wants to be referred to as President rather than King…you know, to give the illusion of a democracy when there clearly isn’t one…classic dystopian), there still remains a sense of fair play in battle, at least on occasion. For example, in the Pen, when a fight breaks out between two prisoners (or “guests” as the guards ironically call them), even if one of the prisoners has a group of friends or is a part of a gang, no one is to interfere with the battle.

I would have to agree with one reviewer who questioned the characters’ ability to heal quickly. I don’t feel it is in the sense that one minute the character is badly injured and the next they’re 100% better. It’s more like at one point the character is injured to the point of needing medical attention and a scene or two later, the injury is kind of an after-thought as the character gets involved in another life threatening situation, performing heroic deeds. I will take the question even further, however, by asking how in a post-apocalyptic world where people are suffering from poverty can these kids get access to proper medical supplies? For example, not giving too much away, there is a point where Tristan and Roc suffer severe injury in battle and one of the characters (won’t name names to avoid spoilers) is able to hide safely and get food, medical supplies, and mats within a relatively short amount of time. I know this is fiction and the protagonists are supposed to overcome great adversity to accomplish their goals, but most readers would prefer that this be at least somewhat realistic. And this is not to single out Mr. Estes and his writing...this is not the first time I’ve seen this. It’s not a huge turn off for me, but it is the kind of thing that has my scratching my head a little.

There is one mistake that I found and I wonder if it was purposeful or if I read it wrong (I went back a couple of times to make sure). As I mentioned, the book alternates between the POV of Adele and Tristan and each change in POV is labeled. Not to veer off the topic, but one of the things I loved about this novel is how the POV is changed at just the right moment of suspense. The last time I read such good structuring was in The Help. Anyhow, at one point in the book, Tristan is treading cautiously trying to get past some soldiers. The section ends with Tristan stating “something stabs me in the back.” Again, a good way to end the section before changing to the POV of Adele. However, in the next section, we find out that Tristan was actually hit in the jaw (again, no major spoilers). This left me scratching my head and going back and rereading Tristan’s section again. How can he say something stabbed him in the back, when he was obviously hit in the face? Am I missing something here?

For those romantics out there like myself, there is a bit of romance. Now, I haven’t read too many male authors, at least not many current one, so I can’t speak from vast experience; however, I will admit that I was a little surprised by the romantic angle, even if it is subdued compared to other books I’ve read in this genre. What surprised me was that it was brought in so early on in the book, kind of giving the impression that this is going to be the central theme that drives the novel. That feeling is immediately squashed, however, as Mr. Estes makes it clear that this isn’t going to be a mushy, lovey-dovey type of romance. Adele and Tristan both state that their pull towards each other is not the “love-at-first-sight” type of attraction, but one that is more obscure and that cannot be clearly labeled. So if you’re looking for something that is obviously sappy, full of hugs, hand-holding, and kisses, then I suggest looking elsewhere. That type of stuff is not of abundance in the book and I seriously doubt that the rest of the story will be much different. I actually have a couple of theories about Adele and Tristan’s connection, but I can’t go into them without spoilers.

To sum it up, I highly recommend this novel to any fan of dystopian fiction, or even those who just read the description and find themselves curious. I doubt anyone who gives it a chance will be disappointed. I can’t wait to read the last two books in the series to see how things turn out for Adele, Tristan, and the Tri-Realm. I actually enjoyed Mr. Estes’s writing style so much that I purchased the first book of his Evolution trilogy ($0.99 on smashword.com) as it seems to be a part of another one of my favorite YA genres, the supernatural.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Liz Cooke on Dec. 01, 2012 : star star star star
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Moon Dwellers and look forward to reading the rest of the series. The plot and setting are what really caught my attention and kept me intrigued.

The Moon Dwellers reminded me of how I felt while reading Hunger Games, there was constant action and movement, I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. The author did a fabulous job of dual perspectives too. The book is written from two POV's the male protagonist and the female protagonist. I loved reading Adele's thoughts and then finding out how Tristan was feeling or thinking during the same time lapse/event. Sometimes, authors become repetitive when they use dual POV's but I felt that the author here did a great job of maintaining my interest by provided the different piece of the story when using the different perspective.

I though that the main characters Adele and Tristan were believable. I was worried they would fall in love at first sight (which I hate) and found the relationship between them extremely fascinating (kind of like Twilight, I hope this is fleshed out more in the other books). I also liked the authors use of sarcasm, and wit. I felt that none of the characters (main) were so unbelievable that the book was ruined, though I did find one of the fight scenes difficult to see occurring but thats what books are for right.

A few of the negatives: I was intrigued by the underground living situation, but have to wonder why in 350 years no one ever ventured above ground to see what Earth was like, and how the underground world was able to survive without their surroundings crumbling, or to produce electricity etc. (these however are more of my realism gripes than the writing itself); also I wish there has been a bit more of a love story, though I felt that given the rest of the novel, the love story provided fit well. (thats just the inner romantic in me)

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and if your looking for a dystopian fantasy with lots of action and a little love thrown in there, then this book is for you! Will most definitely be reading the other books in this series!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Michael Long on Nov. 30, 2012 : star star star star star
The Moon Dwellers is an interesting read about a society living underground after an apocalypse. The main heroine Adele is falsely imprisoned by the corrupt government because of her parents. She escapes and goes on a quest to rescue her father from a different prison, and figure out why she has a strange connection to the leader's son.

I really enjoy dystopia and fantasy, and this was the first underground novel I have read since City of Ember. Like the people of Ember, the Moon Dwellers (and Sun and Star Dwellers) are living underground after an apocalypse. But with the Moon Dwellers, the scale is much larger. Instead of a single city, we are talking many cities and separate castes along with politics, conflicts, and strife. It is much darker than Ember but also much grander. I would say it is like a cross of City of Ember and the Hunger Games. One interesting difference is that with Ember, the physical world was crumbling and they were really on borrowed time. With the Moon Dwellers, society seems to be self-sufficient and the issues are more political/human nature/caste-driven. I do have to wonder how they manufacture everything they need when they are in caves, how they pulled off massive construction projects, where they get their electricity, and how they are able to produce food (like chocolate) when supposedly all of the plants of the surface were destroyed. But we are talking about the future here (at least 500 years) so perhaps they have advanced technology.

This book met my criteria for an excellent read: I didn't want to put it down, I never got bored, and I wanted to out and read the sequel. And most of all, I enjoyed it. The action did get off to a slightly slow start as the world and characters are introduced, but then things really picked up once Adele meets some friends and starts her journey. The majority of the main characters are well developed and I cared about their fate. The bad guys are somewhat one-dimensional, but I guess that is somewhat believable actually since they are government-paid thugs. There were quite a few moments of incredible luck/coincidence but that is actually referred to in the book as part of the plot (and presumably will be explained in the next book). The pacing was pretty good and I was able to read the book in just a few days. Note there were a few spots of light sexual references so be advised for very young audiences.

All in all, I found this novel to be an excellent read and I am looking forward to reading the next book.

NOTE: I received a copy of this book free in exchange for reviewing it
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Boustead on Nov. 30, 2012 : star star star star star
The Moon Dwellers
The Dwellers Book One
By David Estes


Humankind was forced into the depths of the earth soon forming a new society called the Tri-realms, with three distinct realms Moon, Star, and Sun. The Moon realm is the furthest into the ground and this is where the “Pen” is. The Pen is a penitentiary and houses anyone who has committed a crime or anyone who may cause crime in Adele’s case since she is sentenced to life imprisonment for something her father did. One day Tristan the son of the President and a sun dweller comes down to the moon realm and as soon as he lays eyes on Adele he feels an over powering connection. But soon a war breaks out amongst the three realms everyone’s life will be irrevocably altered.

Am I the only person who has caught the similarities between the Mormon’s Three Kingdoms of Heaven and the Tri-realms? I mean the Three Kingdoms of heaven are broken down into the Sun, The Stars, and The Moon Kingdoms. Each one holding a different set of people but since this is the Moon book I will focus there, The Moon realm houses the poorest and the worst people in society; The Kingdom of The Moon is for liars, thieves, and the worst kinds of people. This is not a bad thing the three kingdoms of heaven is a great bases for a story I just can’t believe in all of the reviews I have read No One has pointed it out. The story itself is amazing full of romance and action, David Estes’ is a magnificent writer who is able to bring to life each scene making this a great dystopian novel. I have to give the author his credit though, not only did he dedicate the book to his wife but he named the main character after her, if that didn’t win him brownie points then I don’t know what would.
I was sent a free copy of this book for an honest review
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Angela on Nov. 28, 2012 : star star star star
This book was given to me for an honest review--thank you Mr. Estes. The book was already on my to-be-read pile because it was recommended by friends. Honest review...great book! I am normally not a fan of male authors, but I loved this. Great writing and great story. I was sucked in from the very beginning. My only complaint was the development of Tristan's character. I didn't love how it ended with him. That being said, I can't wait for the next book--lots of questions to be answered!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Siva Kumar S A on Nov. 28, 2012 : star star star star
The Moon dwellers tells the story of Adele a prisoner for life and Tristan the son of the president of the realms. The story takes place in the tri-releams consisting of upper-class sun dwellers, middle class moon dwellers and lower class star dwellers .the world reminds me of city of embers movie (I haven’t read the books) It is made of underground cities but there are places spectacular imagination throughout the book.
The story begins with Adele and Tristan being drawn towards each other by a strange bond and then part ways .Each then embark on a life altering journey that collides frequently. The story is told from perspective of Adele and Tristan alternatively as they travel across the moon realm.
The book is interesting and holds your attention the characters are lively and make the dystopian world not depressing especially I like Adele’s sister Elsey with her big words and pearls of wisdoms, and Tristan’s friend Roc with his witty comments.
Only shortcoming I found with the book was too many questions were left to be answered in sequels.I am looking forward to read them.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: CM Leal on Nov. 28, 2012 : star star
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!




This was a difficult review to write. On one hand, there were things about the book that did not work for me, but there were also scenes and events that I really liked. I was also originally supposed to write the praise first followed by negatives like most of the reviews do, but I eventually decided to to it in reverse because HIPSTERS.



So first off are the things that in my opinion needed more improvement:


Show vs. Tell

I feel that the book had been telling me things that had already been explained by showing. For example, early on I had been shown Cole losing his temper, and a few paragraphs after Cole would explain that he easily loses his temper. Both narrators would also tell me about the traits of their friends, and I think that it would have been more effective to show a character's traits without having to explain it to the reader.


Pacing, sometimes

I've read some reviews saying that the story started off slow. I also felt this way and I realized that it might be because I had to read a lot about the character's backstory in the first few pages of the book, when it would have been better, in my opinion, to accompany the backstory narration with a bit of action to move the plot forward.

The explanations as to why their world is the way it was also happened late in the book. While I personally didn't have a problem reading through it, as it had been inserted in a chapter far enough that I have already invested in the characters and storyline, I feel that it would have been more effective spread throughout a couple of earlier chapters and not just dumped into one chapter.


Worldbuilding

I admit that I don't need extremely plausible and logical explanations to the worlds that authors create (Unwind is one of my favorite books, after all). Still, I did have some tiny gripes about the world. One that comes to mind right now is the "telebox", which had confused me until I realized that it was supposed to be a television, and then baffled me even more because, if I recall right, a television had been called a television ever since it became available to the public. I didn't feel that changing its name added to the futuristic setting (additionally, "tele" means "far" in Greek, so "telebox" would technically mean "farbox").

I also didn't understand why Tristan's bodyguards had been equipped with swords, when guns were clearly used in the realms.


Redundancy

I think some reviewers had already touched on this, so I'll just make this quick: I also feel that Adele and Tristan talked about their connection so often I had began to tire from hearing it.


Character voice

I usually read on my way to and from work, so oftentimes I would add a bookmark in the middle of the chapter. So I noticed that, when I opened the book again to continue reading, I often found myself wondering why Tristan was with Cole or why Adele was with Roc, until I realized that I wasn't reading Adele's chapter, I was reading Tristan's, and vice versa.

It got me wondering why I often fall into this trap, and in my opinion it was because Tristan's and Adele's narration sound alike. I don't mean characterization; they clearly have traits unique to themselves. I think I had more of a problem with the voice. They stop a sentence the same way, emphasize things the same way, etc.


My major gripe

But beyond all that, I think the element that bothered me the most was not the narration, redundancy, or even the worldbuilding, but these two lines:

"If he was a girl, I wouldn't care one bit, but for some reason with guys it is different. I always feel like I have to try to be equal to them, like I have something to prove."


For me, these lines were very problematic because it told me that it didn't matter if I was as strong or as brave or as able as a man, I still have to prove that I am better than him for the sole reason that he had been born male. This implied that males, on the sole basis of their sex, are the standard that women need to reach, that they are not strong until a male recognizes them, until they are "equal" to males, when the sex a person's been born with should not be the sole basis for considering one as an equal at all.

Also, it would not have bothered me that much if this wasn't written for a young adult audience in mind, but since it was written for people at a stage where many of them are easily influenced, it is a very problematic idea to put into a person's head.



Okay! Now that I've got the nasty stuff out of the way, time for the positives!

Characters:
I feel that there were a lot of good scenes in the book, particularly the one that made me warm up to Adele: When she mentioned that she broke down alone in her cell after she fought with two prisoners. It made me feel connected to her, and it showed a vulnerable side to her that made me relate to.

I also appreciate that the author made her a strong female character. Not that I'm adverse to weak female leads (as long as they become stronger eventually), but I always enjoy reading a kick-ass girl who actually does the saving sometimes.

Tristan was also a pretty good character overall. Personally, what I got from his character was that he initially wanted to run away just to be free of his very controlling father (something that teenagers can completely relate to), and maybe also Adele, but mostly because of his father. Along the way, though, he began to genuinely see the injustice all around and began to truly rebel. Now I'm not sure if the author intended him to be that way, but that was how I saw him. And if not, well then, some of the breakthroughs in history were created by accident! :)

Cole's backstory:
I love angst and I cannot lie, and Cole's background story I felt was tragic and it really grabbed at me. I think that it explained a lot about Cole and why he wanted to join Adele and Tawny, gave him depth, and it made me feel for him as a character more.

Roc:
Roc deserves a category all on his own because he is Roc and he is awesome. He was absolutely endearing to me! Funny, scared, sometimes pissy even if he got himself into all that trouble, but a true and loyal friend nonetheless. Seriously, he was adorable! I love every bit he was in; I felt that he lit up each scene. And "You can still call me Rocky" made me laugh irl.

So in summary, Roc is awesome.

Action and pacing:
I know I just wrote pacing as one of what I think were the weaker aspects of this novel, but there were times wherein I thought that the pacing was just right. I personally liked the pacing during the action scenes, because they were fast and full of, well, action. It kept me turning the page in anticipation for what would happen to the characters.

And the story, overall, was very quick-paced. I feel that the author made a good choice telling it in first-person, present-tense, because as with action-filled books like The Hunger Games and Divergent, the sense of urgency that first-person present-tense narration can provide added to the page-turning quality of this book.



So all in all, although I had some gripes about some aspects of the book, I did find parts of this book enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fast-paced, action-filled, post-apocalyptic dystopian read with kickass heroines and genuinely good heroes (who also happen to be hot ;P).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: CM Leal on Nov. 28, 2012 : (no rating)
**THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS**




This was a difficult review to write. On one hand, there were things about the book that did not work for me, but there were also scenes and events that I really liked. I was also originally supposed to write the praise first followed by negatives like most of the reviews do, but I eventually decided to to it in reverse because HIPSTERS.

So first off are the things that in my opinion needed more improvement:

Show vs. Tell

I feel that the book had been telling me things that had already been explained by showing. For example, early on I had been shown Cole losing his temper, and a few paragraphs after Cole would explain that he easily loses his temper. Both narrators would also tell me about the traits of their friends, and I think that it would have been more effective to show a character's traits without having to explain it to the reader.

Pacing, sometimes

I've read some reviews saying that the story started off slow. I also felt this way and I realized that it might be because I had to read a lot about the character's backstory in the first few pages of the book, when it would have been better, in my opinion, to accompany the backstory narration with a bit of action to move the plot forward.

The explanations as to why their world is the way it was also happened late in the book. While I personally didn't have a problem reading through it, as it had been inserted in a chapter far enough that I have already invested in the characters and storyline, I feel that it would have been more effective spread throughout a couple of earlier chapters and not just dumped into one chapter.

Worldbuilding

I admit that I don't need extremely plausible and logical explanations to the worlds that authors create (Unwind is one of my favorite books, after all). Still, I did have some tiny gripes about the world. One that comes to mind right now is the "telebox", which had confused me until I realized that it was supposed to be a television, and then baffled me even more because, if I recall right, a television had been called a television ever since it became available to the public. I didn't feel that changing its name added to the futuristic setting (additionally, "tele" means "far" in Greek, so "telebox" would technically mean "farbox").

I also didn't understand why Tristan's bodyguards had been equipped with swords, when guns were clearly used in the realms.

Redundancy
I think some reviewers had already touched on this, so I'll just make this quick: I also feel that Adele and Tristan talked about their connection so often I had began to tire from hearing it.

Character voice
I usually read on my way to and from work, so oftentimes I would add a bookmark in the middle of the chapter. So I noticed that, when I opened the book again to continue reading, I often found myself wondering why Tristan was with Cole or why Adele was with Roc, until I realized that I wasn't reading Adele's chapter, I was reading Tristan's, and vice versa.

It got me wondering why I often fall into this trap, and in my opinion it was because Tristan's and Adele's narration sound alike. I don't mean characterization; they clearly have traits unique to themselves. I think I had more of a problem with the voice. They stop a sentence the same way, emphasize things the same way, etc.

My major gripe
But beyond all that, I think the element that bothered me the most was not the narration, redundancy, or even the worldbuilding, but these two lines:

"If he was a girl, I wouldn't care one bit, but for some reason with guys it is different. I always feel like I have to try to be equal to them, like I have something to prove."


For me, these lines were very problematic because it told me that it didn't matter if I was as strong or as brave or as able as a man, I still have to prove that I am better than him for the sole reason that he had been born male. This implied that males, on the sole basis of their sex, are the standard that women need to reach, that they are not strong until a male recognizes them, until they are "equal" to males, when the sex a person's been born with should not be the sole basis for considering one as an equal at all.

Also, it would not have bothered me that much if this wasn't written for a young adult audience in mind, but since it was written for people at a stage where many of them are easily influenced, it is a very problematic idea to put into a person's head.

Okay! Now that I've got the nasty stuff out of the way, time for the positives!

Characters:
I feel that there were a lot of good scenes in the book, particularly the one that made me warm up to Adele: When she mentioned that she broke down alone in her cell after she fought with two prisoners. It made me feel connected to her, and it showed a vulnerable side to her that made me relate to.

I also appreciate that the author made her a strong female character. Not that I'm adverse to weak female leads (as long as they become stronger eventually), but I always enjoy reading a kick-ass girl who actually does the saving sometimes.

Tristan was also a pretty good character overall. Personally, what I got from his character was that he initially wanted to run away just to be free of his very controlling father (something that teenagers can completely relate to), and maybe also Adele, but mostly because of his father. Along the way, though, he began to genuinely see the injustice all around and began to truly rebel. Now I'm not sure if the author intended him to be that way, but that was how I saw him. And if not, well then, some of the breakthroughs in history were created by accident! :)

Cole's backstory:
I love angst and I cannot lie, and Cole's background story I felt was tragic and it really grabbed at me. I think that it explained a lot about Cole and why he wanted to join Adele and Tawny, gave him depth, and it made me feel for him as a character more.

Roc:
Roc deserves a category all on his own because he is Roc and he is awesome. He was absolutely endearing to me! Funny, scared, sometimes pissy even if he got himself into all that trouble, but a true and loyal friend nonetheless. Seriously, he was adorable! I love every bit he was in; I felt that he lit up each scene. And "You can still call me Rocky" made me laugh irl.

So in summary, Roc is awesome.

Action and pacing:
I know I just wrote pacing as one of what I think were the weaker aspects of this novel, but there were times wherein I thought that the pacing was just right. I personally liked the pacing during the action scenes, because they were fast and full of, well, action. It kept me turning the page in anticipation for what would happen to the characters.

And the story, overall, was very quick-paced. I feel that the author made a good choice telling it in first-person, present-tense, because as with action-filled books like The Hunger Games and Divergent, the sense of urgency that first-person present-tense narration can provide added to the page-turning quality of this book.

So all in all, although I had some gripes about some aspects of the book, I did find parts of this book enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a fast-paced, action-filled, post-apocalyptic dystopian read with kickass heroines and genuinely good heroes (who also happen to be hot ;P).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tony Talbot on Nov. 28, 2012 : star star star
** Contains Spoilers **

At some point in the future, humanity is wiped out from the surface of the globe and forced underground. Society splits into three factions, the elite Sun realm, the working drones of the Moon Dwellers and the underclass of the Star realm.

Adele Rose is in prison for no reason other than her parents were branded as 'traitors to society'. Her family torn away from her, she waits to rot in prison. Tristan Nailin, son of the Sun Realm president, is a prisoner too...a prisoner of his fathers empire and expectations.

When he drives by the prison where Adele is a 'guest', they find themselves powerfully physically and psychically affected by their encounter, even though they don't meet.

That night, both Adele and Tristan break out of their lives and go on the run. Adele to find her sister and parents, and Tristan to find what spell Adele has cast over him.

David Estes has written a technically flawless book. The characters are all fleshed out, the dialogue sharp and witty, the chapters all end on cliffhangers that keep you glued to the page. The plot bounces along and doesn't lag. The world he creates is consistent and logical. I did spot a few errors with a few things...being electrocuted on barbed wire fence would make you clutch it tighter, not throw you off, and would humanity a thousand years underground know what cardboard was? But those are minor points.

So why don't I want to give it five stars?

For me, the characters didn't gel. I never connected with them in any meaningful way until close to the end. I had a feeling that I'd seen them all before a dozen times: Feisty yet vulnerable female heroine. Handsome yet insecure male hero. Minor characters for some comic relief and tension, one of who dies.

When Cole is killed near the end of the story, I should have been moved. I should have felt chills when soldiers footsteps echo from the next stone corridor. I think what was missing for me was atmosphere. I should have smelt the damp air of the caves and the chill breeze as it moved around me. I didn't get a feeling past a physical description of how different the sun realm was from the moon dwellers, for instance. It took me twenty or thirty percent of the book to realise the light was lower in the moon caves.

I also felt that towards the middle of the book, Estes suddenly realises he has a sequel in mind. Thus, characters suddenly start talking about 'The Secret', and there is no explanation for Adele and Tristan's odd psychic bond.

Adele's father talks only in elliptical sentences for the few pages he's in the book, then is quickly pushed out again, taking Adele's sister with him. Two plot points tied up in one swoop. The same with the super killer Rivet, who is quickly dispatched...so much for being a super killer.

Ultimately though, despite the excellent writing, pacing and characters, everything about the book felt like I had seen it before, and towards the end it started to feel like a setup for the sequel.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Echoing Star on Nov. 27, 2012 : star star star star star
I am completely speechless. I started this book as soon as I got it and I really wasn't expecting it to be this good. The characters developed really well and I LOVED the main character, which really doesn't happen a lot. There were absolutely no grammar mistakes, which made it even better. I love Adele because she is such a strong character, trying not to break down on the inside when chaos hits her hard. This book was very descriptive and mind-blowing, I could sometimes just put myself in Adele's place, being her while reading. I had to try to stop myself from reading on because I also had another review to finish before this one. Once I finished this book, I had to go and write this review so that my feelings were still raw. This is one amazing book with a lot of suspense and it is certainly one of the best ebooks that I have on my phone. Although this review is short (since I have to go to bed soon), this does not change the fact that it is a really good, intriguing book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: mandmmom on Nov. 27, 2012 : star star star star
I was very happy to receive this ebook from the author for review!! I do love dystopian fantasy books and this one certainly fit that category. The beginning was a little slow and I didn't know where the author was going, but that became what I loved about it! The story unfolded chapter by chapter and I really enjoyed the alternating perspectives, revealing a little bit of the puzzle at a time. The competent, strong, leading female character does seem to be a current trend and I say... it is about time! Both main characters were well developed and complicated. The slow evolution of the story kept me reading because I couldn't wait to find out more! Let me clarify...the story revealed itself slowly, but the action kept the book moving along and interesting.

I found that I had to get used to the idea of living underground and, probably because I had no frame of reference, had a hard time imagining what the world would look like. But, the descriptions of the caves and the cities and the lighting helped me create the images to follow the story. The action was GREAT and there is Tristan and Adele's mysterious connection! That's good stuff!

I can't wait to find out what happens and thanks again David for giving me the opportunity to read it!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Sannie Hald on Nov. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
I received a copy by the author in return for an honest review)

I love dystopian fiction, I really do. I also love kickass heroines.

So this book is voted similar to the hunger games, yeah, I get:
- kickass heroine from a poor environment
- she's got a little sister she wants to protect
- not that fond of her mother (compared to her father)
- layers of realms divided into many small supchapters and so on..

But I preferred this one compared to the hunger games. David (the amazing author) has really created something EPIC here. It's amazing. Truly. And very true to the dystopian genre. Well done David, well done..

The characters are likeable, the world is constructed well and there is this amazing mystery going on which keeps the reader glued from beginning to end. What the heck is going on? Why the bombing? Why the weird headaches? What does the note mean? WHAT????! (I am so reading the next book!)



I'm adding this to my favourite shelf.





Spoiler below!!!!!!






How I loved they didn't kiss!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: rachmi febrianty on Nov. 24, 2012 : star star star star
The Moon Dwellers has things from a book that I loved.

- The story. As a dystopian book, this story set hundreds years from now (off course) with corrupt and evil government. This time it takes in underground. Human weren’t longer lived above the earth after meteor crashed.
At first, I didn’t find a strong reason to call this ebook is a dystopian stories aside its time setting. Yes the government was corrupt but they didn’t corrupt enough for me. Apparently, Estes keep it for other chapters. He revealed the story slowly, in a good way. While I read I can relate to the corrupt government and the political issues. I kind of familiar with Nailins’ power because my country has similar political issued though it wasn’t as long as Nailins. And the action, how I loved it, it was full packed action. Almost in every chapter there was action, tough it was kind of repetitive but I liked it.

- The characters. I love kickass characters. This story has not one kickass but a couple kickass characters. All of characters are tough. I especially loved the heroine, Adele. There’s a sentence, her sentence, to describe her guts
"But suicide isn’t me at all. Not really. I’m kind of a survivalist by nature"
I really loved that quote, it made me think to never give up for whatever reason.

- The writing. It was well written. I liked Estes’ descriptive story. He described the underground, the action and the emotion clearly. I can feel and picture the story. He also did a good job with Adele’s POV. He really knew what a teenage girl thought and it made Adele more believable.

But, there are also things that quite bother me.

- The way the characters say or think with words or phrase that used nowdays, made me hard to believe it is set in hundreds years from now. I didn’t think dude and ya (instead of you) are used in hundred years. But then again, English isn’t my mother language so maybe I was wrong but I felt a little distracted whenever I read the words.

- The coincidence. There are a few scenes or things that seem so coincidence. (SPOILER) for example, a slingshot and a waterproof flashlight both are coincidentally pop up when it needs.

All in all, I never read dystopian book which is set in underground before, so this is kind of new story for me. It means, though lot of people said this is similar to The Hunger Games and quite remains me of Tunnels by Roderick Gordon, it has its own story. I really enjoyed and loved reading it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rana Buck on Nov. 23, 2012 : (no rating)
Wow, this was a great book. I'm a huge fan of YA dystopian and The Moon Dwellers didn't disappoint. Thanks to the author, David Estes, for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

When I got this book, I had enough time to read a chapter before I fell asleep. It's hard to pull me into a book after the first chapter, but this one definitely did. I admit that I rolled my eyes a little at the "instant connection" between Adele and Tristan, but it wasn't so in your face that it made me want to close the book and move on. I wanted to see how they would meet, if they would have an instant love, or if they would play it smart during a time of world-turmoil. I appreciate that, while Tristan's journey is predicated on finding her, it was Adele's journey that took precedence in the story. Their love story was indeed secondary, at least so far.

I really liked the dystopian world set up by Estes. It was different than any that I've read before. The sub-earth setting was really curious and added an element of curiosity to the story since it's not something that we know a lot about. I'm looking forward to learning about the Star Realm and then the Sun Realm... I would love to see what the earth looks like during this time too... a prequel, David??

Probably my favorite part of the book... the grown-up teenagers. I love reading YA fiction, but being twice the age or more of most teenagers, I hate the language of teen books. The unnecessary swearing, the cliche slang, and mindless sayings all drive me nuts. But these characters read like they have grown up due to the their circumstances which makes the book more marketable for folks like me.

Thanks, again, David, for the book. I definitely want to read more!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Shawna P on Nov. 22, 2012 : star star star star
I found this book to be quite enjoyable! I felt like it took a little whole to really get started though. The second half of the book really keeps you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait for the second book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Catherine on Nov. 22, 2012 : star star star star star
I think this was one of the most captivating books I have read all year. From the 1st few pages I didn't want to put it down. The characters are all strong and capable, their lives have been fair from happy and yet they can still see the value in true friendship. There definitely no frustratingly stupid hero or heroine in this novel.

The world in which the characters live in is wonderfully described so that you can almost feel as though you are walking right there alongside them. This book has so many twists and turns with in that it really holds your attention right till the end. I like that this book ends at a logical place and although I am left wanting to know what is going to happen next, I'm not sitting here cursing the author thinking "how could you leave things there!" which is really refreshing.

The Moon Dwellers is told from both main character's points of view and it flows really well. We don't constantly see the same scene repeated from each character but something new instead. Both are highly interesting and both offer something different and because they spend quite a bit of the story no where near each other, and are from totally different backgrounds, we get a very broad view of what is happening right throughout the whole realm.

This is one of not only most favourite books I have read this year but of all time.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jessica on Nov. 21, 2012 : star star star star star
The Moon Dwellers was utterly amazing, easily among the best dystopian novels I've ever read. Each moment is masterfully crafted, appealing to different senses and emotions; and as a whole, the novel draws the reader into a world which cannot be escaped.

I was generously provided a free copy of the book through Read 4 Review, and initially took notes on a separate document to post upon completion, however this meticulous habit was discarded within a few minutes as I was thrown into an adventure simultaneously action-oriented and emotionally moving. (Too fast-paced for the mundane practice of -god-forbid- note-taking!)

The opening was gripping, the imagery amazing, but most of all, the characters were truly likeable. I found myself loving Adele from the first chapter. Her imagination, strength and determination quickly engaged me; key traits which only continued to grow as she matured throughout the novel. Tawni's resourcefulness as well as Cole's magnetic personality provided a great character dynamic. Similarly Tristan's perseverance and Roc's likeable demeanour helped engender further appreciation for the book.

And a note to the author, I give great credit to the sarcastic comments! I do love a healthy dose of sarcasm and it is executed with skill in The Moon Dwellers! For me, at the very least, it's rare to find such sarcasm which brings a smile to my face.

I thoroughly look forward to reading the next book. Let it be as great as its predecessor.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie K on Nov. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review and I am so happy I got to read this book it was just simply great and I want to thank David Estes for letting me read this great story and I cannot wait for more.
I loved this book it was exciting and fresh. I loved the world that was created for these characters it was full of surprises and adventure and I can not wait to see what happens next. I liked that it was told from the two points of view giving you insight to how much these two really are alike, even after growing up in very different worlds Adele a poor moon dweller sentenced to the pen and Tristen son of the president sentenced to a life he hates. they flee only to find each other and suffer many heartaches and victories.
I enjoyed these characters and I was heartbroken for them when they suffered so much in a short amount of time and I hope that the next adventures hold as much excitement but also a bit more triumph.
Tristen and Adele's first meeting was a perfect fit for this book and I had a laugh out loud moment thinking he kinda had it coming sneaking up on her like that hahaha.
I finished this book rather quickly as I just had to find out what happened next I loved the fast pace and I just could not get enough. Thank you again to the author for the opportunity to read this awesome books and I would recommend it to any one who wants to read a fun adventure.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Harris on Nov. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
This book was an amazing start to this trilogy!!! I can't say how much I enjoyed this book!!

It starts off with the 2 main characters 17 year-old Adele and 17 year old Tristan who couldn't be more different! Adele is in prison for life because her parents were arrested for being rebels and Tristan who is the son of the society's president type dictator guy! Needless to say they see one another and feel the connection and both start their journey. I can't really get into it without giving spoilers but let's just say that it is an amazing ride!!!

David Estes characters are very well written and developed! I loved that Adele wasn't your stereotypical Mary-sue. She is brave, very badass with out being a bitch and loving who cares about her family and friends and would sacrifice everything to make sure they are ok! I admire her greatly! Tristan is the same way even though on the outside it seems that he has everything thing he wants. He sees the injustice his father inflicts on their people and finally takes a stand with his best friend/ servant. The secondary characters are just as well written and important to the story!

The romance while there doesn't overshadow the story. You actually get a plot that while it is about Tristan and Adele finding each other and falling in love it is also about the world they live in and all the sadness and corruptness that is prevalent in the society! This is a very fast paced and exciting dystopian book!!! I can't wait to read the second one!!



I was giving a free copy of this book for my honest review by author!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Shirley Harris on Nov. 20, 2012 : star star star star star
This book was an amazing start to this trilogy!!! I can't say how much I enjoyed this book!!

It starts off with the 2 main characters 17 year-old Adele and 17 year old Tristan who couldn't be more different! Adele is in prison for life because her parents were arrested for being rebels and Tristan who is the son of the society's president type dictator guy! Needless to say they see one another and feel the connection and both start their journey. I can't really get into it without giving spoilers but let's just say that it is an amazing ride!!!

David Estes characters are very well written and developed! I loved that Adele wasn't your stereotypical Mary-sue. She is brave, very badass with out being a bitch and loving who cares about her family and friends and would sacrifice everything to make sure they are ok! I admire her greatly! Tristan is the same way even though on the outside it seems that he has everything thing he wants. He sees the injustice his father inflicts on their people and finally takes a stand with his best friend/ servant. The secondary characters are just as well written and important to the story!

The romance while there doesn't overshadow the story. You actually get a plot that while it is about Tristan and Adele finding each other and falling in love it is also about the world they live in and all the sadness and corruptness that is prevalent in the society! This is a very fast paced and exciting dystopian book!!! I can't wait to read the second one!!



I was giving a free copy of this book for my honest review by author!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Ashley Casselman on Nov. 13, 2012 : star star star star
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The first few chapters I had a problem getting into the book as it was a bit slow. I took a break, switched books, and when I picked The Moon Dwellers back up I finished in under a day. It had a nice balance of plot, action, and great characters
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Zigler on Nov. 08, 2012 : star star star star star
This is an excellent read; action packed with believable characters.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: karley scanlon on Oct. 17, 2012 : star star star star star
Excellent book!! Absolutely love it! Read it in 2 days because I didn't want to put it down. It is a must read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Nickle Love on Sep. 16, 2012 : star star star star
Awesome story, a great read! It's different from the usual insta-love angle, there's no third party, and it's jam-packed with action and adventure. The characters are lovable, not only the main ones but also the supporting characters. Their friendships are quite something too, I enjoyed reading and getting to know them all.

Read the full review in my blog: http://www.nightowlreads.org/2012/09/review-of-moon-dwellers-by-author-of.html#.UFbHy6QoS3A
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Aliaa El-Nashar on Sep. 16, 2012 : star star star star star
I honestly don't know why I didn't read this book right after I got it. I guess it might have to do with the fact that I've had a lot of book tours and work at the time, but I knew this book was worth me requesting it anyway, and guess what? It totally was.

Starting with the basics, the cover, title and synopsis, I'd have to say it's two out of three. I wasn't so fond of the cover - it didn't draw me in like others usually do. But the title and the synopsis made up for it and kept me interested. What turned the minor interest to full-on excitement was the prologue. The second I was done with it, I was emotionally invested and had to go on reading.

Adele's family was torn apart when Enforcers came in to capture her parents for treason. She fought them off, and ended up in the 'Pen'. She was sentenced for life, and had nothing to look forward to in the hell she was thrust into, her life losing any whisper of hope, until her eyes lock with Tristan - the son of the president of the Tri-Realms- that's when a little thrill is returned to her. Then, to her surprise she makes friends with Tawni and Cole, her world turns from dull and worthless to hopeful in the span of a day. The three friends try to escape and are surprised to find Tristan right on their trail. Why on earth was a Sun Dweller following them? Maybe because the feelings she had when their eyes locked, he had them too, they were strong enough for him to leave his world behind and risk his life, just to make sure she's alright. They then proceed to embark on a journey to save her sister and father, trying to escape the many dangers on the way.


This is such an amazing dystopian novel. Granted, I hadn't expected it to turn out the way it did, but it was even better. The writing was so hooking, so were the details, I could almost feel like I was there, imagining everything Tristan and Adele were going through. The book goes back and forth between the protagonists, giving us insight on both the characters and what's going on through their heads. This book reminded me of so many novels I'd read before - and loved - combined, yet it was also completely different. I don't know how to explain it exactly. It's just one of those books that if you pick it up, you wouldn't be able to put it down until you're done. Which is exactly what happened with me. The background stories added a very real and harsh touch to the reality they were living in, them being lowly Moon Dwellers. I could almost understand what drove them all, and why they hated Tristan. I was so drawn into their pain and loss, it was so emotional and amazing at the same time.

David's writing is great, too bad book two isn't out yet. I cannot wait to read it! Hopefully it would be just as amazing as this one.

Rating: 4.5/5
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Martha Campos on Aug. 10, 2012 : star star star star
Mind you this is the first book I've read by this author. For being the first it certainly lived up to expectations I'd had. I could not and would not put this book down. That's how incredible it was!

The characters are stupendous, especially Adele! A take charge, bum kicking, sarcastic heroine who reminds me of me in some aspects. One thing I really liked about Adele was that while she did wallow in her misery for a while she did get out of that funk and went and rescued her sister and dad. That shows not only courage but love. Tristan was get interesting for me because he wasn't the typical bad boy who knows how to do everything for himself. He was a son of a king where his best friend was his servant. True he could fight but other then that he was too much a kings son to really be able to do anything else other then witness first hand all the things his father was doing to the dwellers. Which is when he became my hero. He saw the new his father was making and decided to help change that. That is when my respect for him grew in leaps and bounds. I have to give him The one thing that really stuck with me was their determination. Adele was determined to make her situation better, Tristan was determined to leave his father behind. It's probably going to sound corny but that really stood out for me. Determination is something we should all have.

The living underground with the sort of three cities ruled by one man who only rules with blackmail and false promises intrigued me. I've read a ton of books and I have never come across a book like this. Democracy is only an illusion in these three cities. They say that a person who doesn't want to be a ruler is usually the best option and in this case is... well let's just say that I'm very excited to see how this saying pans out.

Favorite part? Hmmm... without spoilers it's going to be hard but here goes: the part where Tristan and Roc (his best and only friend/man servant) meet a very cannibalistic old woman. Did that pique your interest? There was only one part I didn't like. Tristan having never met Adele before goes after her. With just one look feels something so strong that he decides to go look for her. Maybe, it's just me not believing in love at first sight sort of instances but that part to me wasn't believeable.

Overall, I would most definitely recommend The Moon Dwellers to you. I, myself, am excited for September which is when book two is supposed to come out. I really want to see what happens with Tristan. Does he help in the uprising? What about Adele? Does she find her mother??
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: bobby j on Aug. 09, 2012 : star star star
A fun, good YA story. Not my normal genre of reading but I need to step out of my comfort zone once and a while and when I do, I want to read something like this. I'll recommend this to my 13 and 10 year old daughters. Will I read the next tale in the trilogy?? Don't know yet, but probably. Good job, David.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: TiffanyTheAvidReader on July 27, 2012 : star star star star
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.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Alison Gussack on July 26, 2012 : star star star star
I have to say that after seeing David Estes this, David Estes that and he's so awesome all over goodreads for so long, it is about time I read one of his books! I had high expectations and they were met. David Estes is an excellent story teller and writer! I have always loved reading different characters POVs so his alternating chapters between Adele and Tristan kept me reading way too long. Once I get to 100 pages or less left of a book it is impossible for me to put it down! I feel like I know each of the characters and what they've been through. I cannot wait to read the next in the series! Thanks David and all my GR friends for recommending The Moon Dwellers!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: BellaScott on July 18, 2012 : star star star
Title: The Moon Dwellers
Author: David Estes
Reviewed: Bella Scott

The Moon Dwellers by David Estes is a strong introduction to a series that shows a great deal of promise.
The novel paints a realistic story of how humans were forced to live underground. It is also a realistic portrayal of the ruling elite and the oppression that the lower classes are afflicted with.
The heroine of the story is a young girl called Adele, whose family is torn apart when they are labelled as traitors and taken to separate prisons. Through strength Adele finds friendships she never dreamed of having as she embarks on a quest to find her family and potentially join a rebellion.
Tristan is heir to the throne of the Moon Dwellers but unlike his corrupt father he is kind and good. After his mother mysteriously disappears and jaded by the greed around him, Tristan embarks on his own quest with the help of his trusted friend to find the girl who in a glance seemed to capture his heart.
This book is a good lead into what I'm hoping will be a great trilogy.
I think the connection between Adele and Tristan in this prequel is believable enough to keep us all waiting patiently to see how the story unfolds between them.
I really liked the book.
I do look forward to reading the others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: BellaScott on July 18, 2012 : (no rating)
Title: The Moon Dwellers
Author: David Estes
Reviewed: Bella Scott

The Moon Dwellers by David Estes is a strong introduction to a series that shows a great deal of promise.
The novel paints a realistic story of how humans were forced to live underground. It is also a realistic portrayal of the ruling elite and the oppression that the lower classes are afflicted with.
The heroine of the story is a young girl called Adele, whose family is torn apart when they are labelled as traitors and taken to separate prisons. Through strength Adele finds friendships she never dreamed of having as she embarks on a quest to find her family and potentially join a rebellion.
Tristan is heir to the throne of the Moon Dwellers but unlike his corrupt father he is kind and good. After his mother mysteriously disappears and jaded by the greed around him, Tristan embarks on his own quest with the help of his trusted friend to find the girl who in a glance seemed to capture his heart.
This book is a good lead into what I'm hoping will be a great trilogy.
I think the connection between Adele and Tristan in this prequel is believable enough to keep us all waiting patiently to see how the story unfolds between them.
I really liked the book.
I do look forward to reading the others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Yzabel Ginsberg on July 11, 2012 : star star star star
I wish we could give .5 stars, because I'd clearly put this one at 4.5/5 stars. Well, I'd put a 5/5 if not for one thing, that I'll expand on later on.

Having read David Estes's first novel, "Angel Evolution", barely a few days ago, I was amazed to discover to which extent this author's writing has developed in this new, beginning trilogy. This is clearly a work for which said author took into account various critiques, and used them to improve his writing and storytelling. The result is, frankly, very good.

"The Moon Dwellers" follows two characters on two opposite ends on the social scale: Adele, a young woman who's been sentenced to jail for life, but decides to escape with her friends Tawni and Cole and find her scattered family again; and Tristan, elder son of the allmighty President, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but intent on estranging himself from this life that doesn't feel like his own. The story is told in the first person, from the alternating points of view pf Adele and Tristan; while such an exercise in writing can be quite hazardous, here it works well, allowing us to learn more and more about those characters and what their lives are like.

I especially enjoyed said characters' personalities. Adele and her friends have had to become strong during their stay in jail, and they don't let anyone dictate them how to behave—they don't hesitate to fight, and they do it well and with spunk, too, both physically and through sarcasm. As for Tristan and Roc, the one isn't such the pampered prince as a lot of people believe him to be, and the other, albeit not the best when it comes to handling a weapon, is terrific in the way he managed to keep his sense of humour throughout dark times. Their friendship, too, is made of solid mettle, and feels genuine and very much present.

The one thing I wasn't too keen on was the 'insta-connection' between Adele and Tristan; it has nothing to do with "The Moond Dwellers" per se, it's simply I as a reader who's never felt convinced by such strong attractions upon first sight. Also, I thought that at times, events unfolded a little too neatly (the various bomb attacks, especially), reinforcing that aspect of 'destiny bringing everyone and everything together'. I suppose you either like it or not.

This said, I am nonetheless eager to read the next volume!

(As a side note, I find the cover's composition absolutely fascinating. The more I look at it, the more it grows on me.)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: laurice nicole villarino on July 10, 2012 : star star star star
An epic experience for a surprisingly epic book!

Remember my epic experience with Barnes & Noble? Yeah, totally epic fail! Anyway, I was beyond excited when I got a chance to review this book for free! Unfortunately, I don't have the credit card that Barnes&Noble requires so I wasn't able to redeem this interesting free dystopian e-book. :( But then, God's little blessing came! :) Thanks to David Estes--who did everything in his power to fix things up--I now have a copy of this awesome dystopian book!

I read this book for two days and I ended up fighting my closing eyelids at four in the morning to finish this action-packed novel! It is that good! The varying tones of the characters are also entertaining! I mean, seldom will you encounter a really good book with characters of distinct voices! I bet you'll enjoy that in The Moon Dwellers! And that joy wouldn't be complete without the not-just-likable-but-looovable characters! Adele. Tristan. Roc. (Oh, you'll love Tristan and Roc! Such a funny tandem!) Tawni. Cole. El.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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