The Moon Dwellers by David Estes is a wonderful young adult dystopian story. Hundreds of years in the future, humans have done enough damage to Earth that civilization is now living underground in the Tri-Realms. The privileged live on the Sun Realm, which is the closest to the surface. There is also the Moon Realm and Star Realm. The Sun Realm takes most of the power generated and leaves almost nothing for the other Realms so they are very dark and dank.
The story starts out with Adele who has been put into the Pen because of parent’s crimes of treason. As she is sitting watching a parade go by that includes the President’s son, two people she doesn’t know sit down with her. Tawni and Cole immediately make friends with Adele. In the parade, the President’s son Tristan is waving at the crowd when he and Adele lock eyes making them both experience a searing pain and feel sick. Something neither one of them has ever experienced before.
As a war breaks out, Adele, Tawni and Cole are able to break out of the Pen and go on the run. Adele is determined to rescue her sister from a horrible orphanage and her parents from their confinements. While the three of them are on the run, Tristan has decided to find out who Adele is and find her. He goes out into the Moon Realm to find Adele because he feels a connection and wants to find out why they have a connection. He also doesn’t agree with how his father runs the Tri-Realms.
There is lots of action and danger throughout the story. Multiple times you can’t imagine any of them will survive. David Estes is a great storyteller who pulls the reader along for the ride with his characters. He makes you care for them and you want the characters to succeed. The point of view of the book goes back and forth between Tristan and Adele, which was nice to see the different perspectives. You get to see what each of them goes through as Adele looks for her family and Tristan looks for Adele.
I could…not…put…this…down! I need the next installment and I need it now! Do I recommend this book, you bet! Will you be entertained, you bet! Will you want more, you bet! Well done David! Now, time for me to devour everything else he’s ever written.
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.
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger set