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.