Haraiah Dajay

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  • The Moon Dwellers on Dec. 10, 2012
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    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.
  • Fire Country on Aug. 20, 2013
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    Well? It's a David Estes book so even though I only read The Moon Dwellers, I absolutely loved it that when someone asks for readers and reviewers of his book my only answer would be 'Heck, yes!'. I don't know much about this series and when I picked it up I haven't even read the blurb so I was anticipating whatever surprise was hidden in it. But I did hear that the Country Saga is a sister series of The Dwellers so I was pretty much expecting something like it. But fret not. Mr. Estes is not the kind of writer who will give you something you are expecting. Fire Country is a lot different. A LOT. The world-building, for one, made me feel like I was living in a whole new era where there's only heat and drying plants and tents and all that. It really felt like I was living in a desert the whole time I was reading it. I can tell because when I read a sneak peak of the sequel, Ice Country, it actually gave me the opposite feeling - the chills, the fresh and cold air, the more urbane way of living. Yup. Living in yet 'nother world. I am not kidding. You try reading the whole first book and proceed immediately to the second and you'll know what I mean. The main character, Siena, is used to all the name-calling and punishment she gets everytime she so much as move. She's not physically strong, she's skinny, she has two left feet but reading the book in her point of view is very engaging. She doesn't have many friends but she has Circ who sees the strength in her. I see the strength in her. Many times throughout the book I will say 'poor Siena' or when she does something out of pure will and determination 'what are you doing? no. no. don't!' but the she does and I just can't help but cheer her on saying 'You can do it. YOU CAN DO IT!' even if she really can't. She has a wonderful heart and I just wish everything good for her so when it came to a point where all of my emotions just can't take it anymore, I am the one exclaiming 'WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP? THIS SEARIN' HURTS!' like it happened to me instead of Siena. But really, I did cry a river. What else can I possibly say about this book? Oh, here's one thing. If you are expecting anything from Mr. Estes' book, drop 'em. It won't happen. Just go with the flow and be surprised all you want. It's part of the package. And then you can go ahead and appreciate every new experience these works of art brought you.