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David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. David is a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.
on Sep. 07, 2013 :
I give this book 4.5 stars!!!
This book needs little introduction for anyone who has read The Moon Dwellers as I had to buy The Star Dwellers immediately!!!
Yet again David Estes provides the WOW factor in the second part of his exciting story of the Tri-Realms. I loved it!
After reading The Moon Dwellers I had to buy The Star Dwellers to find out what happens next and I’m so glad I did. All the action, suspense and drama from TMD continues as Adele and Tristan start their mission to reunite the Moon and Star Realms with the help of Adele’s kick ass parents who are part of the resistance.
I love the way David portrays the individual relationships between his characters, their bonds of friendship and family made me feel quite emotional towards them. TMD had me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and crying like a baby and once again David managed to make me feel all the same emotions which add to the excitement of this fast paced, page turning story.
I was blown away by his writing in the first book and his second is just as enchanting. I particularly like the fact that David isn’t afraid to kill off strong characters even though he again killed off one of my favourites.
I would definitely recommend this book to others and can’t wait to read The Sun Dwellers which I have just bought :)
(reviewed 40 days after purchase)
on Aug. 19, 2013 :
The Moon Dwellers was an amazing book and The Star Dwellers is equally (maybe even more) amazing than the first book. It's jammed packed with intrigue, adventure, and action. I have so many more questions about their past after finishing this book.
The Star Dwellers picks up with Adele and Tawni sneaking through the tunnels to get to the Star Realm and Tristan is with Roc, Elsey, and Adele's father in the Moon Realm. Most of the book is split between the two storylines, I loved them both equally. Each had their own struggles and missions to complete.
I liked how in this book the love at first sight wasn't so much love, but Adele and Tristan were crushing on each other. They both realized they just met and didn't know where each of them stood. I found this to be a bit more realistic than in most YA where it's insta-love and the couple can't live without each other after five minutes.
All the characters are so driven and completely devoted to the Resistance movement. Ben, Adele's father, was a great mentor and friend to Tristan. He really needed a nurturing father figure in his life and Ben filled that void for him. Elsey's character could have been so easily annoying, but I adored how she talked and saw the world. She was just this bundle of happiness in the middle of a war.
I loved how the author included a little history of before humans lived underground. The young girl's diary had me in tears. She was one of the lucky chosen ones to live underground before the earth was decimated by an asteroid. You could feel how frightened and young she was and how everything was falling apart prior to the asteroid.
Adele's family is finally reunited in this book and that moment was worth the wait. Adele's family is so close and as you are reading you could tell how much they care and love each other.
By the end of the book so many of the characters have anger building in them and I hope they are able to deal with it. Their next mission will be crucial to winning the war against the Sun Dwellers and hopefully they can control and deal with their misfortunes that happened in the book.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
on June 04, 2013 :
I'm a huge David Estes fan, so this may be biased...but I LOVED this book! This is the second book in the Dwellers series, a dystopian series where humanity has retreated underground for survival. We left off in Moon Dwellers with the Star Dwellers invading and bombing the Moon Dwellers, Adele heading off to try and rescue her mom, and Tristan teaming up with Adele's dad, Ben, to try and unite the Moon and Star Dwellers against their common enemy, Tristan's dad.
Things pick up right where we left off, with everyone still running and trying to survive. Now everyone has a purpose, which makes things all the more fun! The world building continues to amaze me. Everything is so descriptive. Its almost like watching a movie in my head!
I never knew what was going to happen next. Between things like "Bat Flu" (Yuck!)and trains running behind hidden caves, there was always something new coming at us. There were also a couple of surprising twists that I didn't see coming, and it makes me wonder what else the author has in store for us later!
The highlight of the book for me was Tristan and Roc's "Bromance." I just love the banter between these two, and it really helps lighten things up sometimes. I got to know Roc a lot better in this story, and I can't wait to see him become more of a hero. Adele and Tristan also had some more time together towards the end, which was great. I love the two of them together!
Adele also learns a lot about her own family, and their part in the Resistance. Her dad, Ben, is just an amazing man. He and Tristan spend a lot of time together in the beginning of the story, and Tristan sees in him the father he never had. Its amazing how much the theme of family is carried throughout the book, and I loved it!
You might be tired of hearing me say that, but I honestly can't think of anything in this story I didn't like. This is an amazing thing, because usually the second books in a series are my least favorite of the series. This girl can't wait to see what happens next in Sun Dwellers!
(reviewed 86 days after purchase)
on Feb. 21, 2013 :
A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review
I did not enjoy this one as much as the first. There was less going on in this book, a lot more sitting around and waiting for things to happen. It was also a little predictable I found, I had a guess on the ending at the beginning of the book and that's what ended up happening. Regardless of that the book is still enjoyable and a good read. It's still a fairly unique idea with interesting characters although a couple times I found the dialogue to be a little weak/forced but it was only occasionally and is a feeling I get from time to time in a lot of books, I might just start be thinking too hard about it, not really sure.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Siva Kumar S A
on Feb. 17, 2013 :
Fast paced and interesting.
(reviewed 81 days after purchase)
on Feb. 03, 2013 :
The Star Dwellers
#2 The Dwellers Saga
This story is just getting better and better. I was completely hooked by the end of book 1, The Moon Dwellers, and was happy to jump into this book to continue their struggles. The author has managed to write parallel character storylines flawlessly, giving the reader a full perspective of both groups as they go through their own individual battles. Incredibly well written, my imagination had to do little work to picture the story and found myself completely absorbed from start to end.
Anyone that loves dystopian type books will love this saga, along with almost anyone else who appreciates good writing.
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
on Jan. 26, 2013 :
Amazing series. David...so much better than your first series, which served the purpose of introducing me to you and your writing style, so I must thank it for that, at least. I adore your characterization, the depth of your characters and their background stories, the slowly developing worlds you create as the reader is introduced to each new realm. Beautifully crafted story. I spent a very enjoyable weekend reading these books and was actually disappointed to be ripped from your world when I finished book three.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Jan. 09, 2013 :
This is the sequel to The Moon Dwellers and I loved it! After finding her sister and dad, Adele along with her best friend Tawni, are off to find Adele's mom in the underworld of the Star Dwellers. After a narrow escape from death, they find Adele's mom but not where they were expecting to find her. Adele sees first hand how the Star Dwellers live, and it was not how she thought. She does some training for the oncoming war, and is wary of some of the soliders she encounters. Adele, Tawni, and her mom Anna need to find their way back to Adele's dad, sister and Tristan.
The sequel is also written with the chapters going back and forth between Adele and Tristan's POV. Throughout their journey, we get to learn more about the characters and how they interact with each other to forge even stronger bonds.
Loved the storyline, and it was action packed. Can't wait to read the final book!
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Jan. 04, 2013 :
Second installment of the series.... SO STINKING GOOD!!!! Really!
Picked up right where the first left off. It had the same intensity as the previous book. I can't wait to see how it all pans out for our star crossed couple. If you like the Hunger Games, David Estes' Dweller series is right up there. Totally different idea, but the story of two people who make a difference with their actions not just talking the talk.
Actually mixing it up effecting everybody they come in to contact with.
The story is filled with emotional scenarios that just leave you on the edge of the seat.
I know my review does not talk of the story-line.. but you can read the excerpt on the book...lol.. I hate giving away the goods.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
on Dec. 31, 2012 :
Originally posted here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/486262725
THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME! It was better than the first book, and it has completely blown me away! The situation is getting more intense as people around Tristan and Adele die. I love how everything is described thoroughly because it just makes things much easier to remember.
As I read, I fall in love with each character more and more. My favourite characters right now are probably Tristan and Roc. They are strong to their believes and big secrets (won't spoil it for others) don't change the great friendship that they have. I would really like to get my hand on the last book to see the relationship of both Adele and Tristan and Roc and Tawni continue to grow.
The plot and build up is also great so I have absolutely no complaints for this book. There may be a few grammar mistakes (unless it is just me) but I still enjoyed the book, which is why I won't give it a 4.something but a full 5 stars. This book was so good it kept me up until 2AM (although I had a dentist appointment the next day) just to read it. I didn't even want to stop after putting my phone down and convincing myself that I was tired. Every time I closed my eyes, I would see the book. I would definitely reread this book anytime.
So overall, I have absolutely no complaints (other than wanting the last book so badly) and would recommend it to any of my friends and family if they are looking for a good read.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on Dec. 05, 2012 :
Another excellent book; a fantastic sequel to The Moon Dwellers!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Nov. 27, 2012 :
This book is an awesome sequel to the moon dwellers. It picks up right where we left off. Tristan and Adele have parted ways, each with an important task to complete if the rebellion is going to have any chance of standing up to the Sun Realm. The characters face many challenges along the way and many things were not as they seemed.
Throughout their journeys, we learn more about the characters and watch as they grow into even stronger people. The friendships between those close to them are tested and after everything they go through, become stronger. They all have flaws that they have to learn to overcome.
You couldn't ask for better secondary characters. Roc and Tawni really come into there own. We learn a lot more about them and what makes them like they are. Their advice and support becomes invaluable as the things they face in the Realms continues to become more complex.
We learn more about the original rebellion and its continued efforts to stop the injustice and suffering of the moon and star realms at the hands of the sun realm.
The star dwellers is very well written and there is never a dull moment. You fall further in love with the characters and you feel their joy, heartbreak and fear as though it is your own.
I can't wait to see where the story will take us next in the 3rd installment the sun dwellers.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Oct. 22, 2012 :
Awesome book! I've only read the beta version so my real review will come after I read the final.
I can say that if you haven't gotten your hands on this series already, then you need to!
More twists and revelations revealed in this book. A definite page turner.
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
on Oct. 13, 2012 :
I know I like a book when it bleeds into my dreams. After finishing this book, I had a dream of being underground, with a headlamp and gun in hand. It was too short a dream, but long enough for me to remember.
I really love how David made this series into a double POV. It helps the reader learn more about how Tristan and Adele attacks certain situations, the emotions that they feel on any given moment, and how they long to be with each other but still keep their priorities in focus.
This book made me love Tawni more. I like Roc's humor. I love Elsey! And Ben, he's the kind of man you would like on your side. Anna's strength and love for her family is admirable. Then there's Trevor. I kind of miss Cole.
David dropped bombs of secrets in this sequel. I was like, "Whoa?! Is this for real?!" and there were also the I-knew-its. The sneak peek of the next book just makes me want to jump to December!
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)