The Moon Dwellers – David Estes
Title: The Moon Dwellers
Author: David Estes
Page Number: 366
Genre: Young Adult/Dystopian
“Have human lives become like a tube of toothpaste? Something to be used up and thrown away? At first the tube seems so big, so full of life. But after just a few uses it becomes dented and lumpy—already life is ebbing away from it—and it’s only a matter of time before the final bit is squeezed out, rendering it an empty vessel, good for nothing.“
I was about to crack open the final installment of what I thought was the end to this series, but the author warned against it. Instead, he recommended readers read all books in the series, including, the main and sister series.
So, that is what I am doing.
I’m not a big series kind of gal, I often feel it’s just a ploy to sell more books. So I grumbled a bit when I realized what I thought was a 4 part series, turned out to be 7.
In a huff, I will admit that Estes has kept my interest for 4 books now. I have 2 1/2 to go, in order to complete this series. I am finding that the world he has created, a dysfunctional Earth that I don’t recognize, is worth every extra hour I have invested.
I have my favorites from the series, like we all do. The Moon Dwellers is so far my favorite, whereas Fire Country comes in second.
This is such a unique dystopian tale— different than any of the others I have read so far. Estes has created multiple cultures and dialects for his characters and each one is colorful and diverse. It’s a young adult epic.
I give Estes a shiny star for his character creation because I acutely feel their personalities. I feel like I know them intimately. Estes knows how to create a character with deep thoughts, conflicted feelings, and humor. They are real to me, not some figment of imagination. I can feel the blood pumping through them.
My only complaint, which I fear is a growing one with authors and editors in today’s world is the overuse of the punctuation mark, Mr. Colon. It was incredibly overused and I kept wishing that it would just go away. It was corrupting an almost perfect reading experience for me.
If you are looking for a story that breathes life and personality, a tale that inspires the wounded and the marginalized, that shows what we can accomplish when we let go of superficial comfort and safety, then this is the story for you.
It is a tale of brave heroes and heroines, strong female role models and heart stopping action and attraction. Take a chance and discover the magic of Estes.
Synopsis: In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground, into the depths of the earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms.
After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, seventeen-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents’ crimes of treason.
Against all odds, Adele must escape from the Pen and find her family, while being hunted by a deranged, killing machine named Rivet, who works for the President. She is helped by two other inmates, Tawni and Cole, each of whom have dark secrets that are better left undiscovered. Other than her friends, the only thing she has going for her is a wicked roundhouse kick and two fists that have been well-trained for combat by her father.
At the other end of the social spectrum is Tristan, the son of the President and a sun dweller. His mother is gone. He hates his father. Backed by only his servant and best friend, Roc, he leaves his lavish lifestyle in the Sun Realm, seeking to make something good out of his troubled life.
When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to mysteriously follow Adele as she seeks to find her family and uncover her parents true past.
In their world, someone must die.