Marianne Lee


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  • The Moon Dwellers on July 11, 2013

    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