The future looks bleak in The Slip

27275190Two years ago I stumbled across young adult author David Estes and I’m so glad I did.  I devoured his The Dwellers series and Country Saga, which go together, now I’m hooked on The Slip Trilogy.

In the Slip, it is many years in the future where the sea levels are rising and livable land masses are shrinking causing available resources to shrink.  In order to conserve resources, the government won’t allow people to have a child unless they secure a death match certificate.  So someone can live only if someone dies.  But then some children are born who don’t have a match and those are called Slip.  Slips can’t be allowed to live so the government kills any that are found.

Michael Kelly is the head of Population Control.  He is the one who searches for the slips and has them killed.  Michael has a son who is a slip and he will do anything in his power to keep his son alive.  He hasn’t given his son a name and keeps him in seclusion so he won’t be found.  He is always watching to make sure no information about his son comes to light.

But there are others who don’t see Slips as humans and will do everything to kill them and their families.  Corrigan Mars is second in command at Pop Con and he is nothing like Michael.  Corrigan is determined to find every Slip out there and exterminate them and their families.  He employs The Destroyer who is a psychopath.  After an accident while in the military The Destroyer is half man and half machine who seems to have no feelings for anyone.  It’s all about him and if he doesn’t get what he wants, he kills.

People have all their information in their eyes and that is how the government tracks people.  Ads float around the streets scanning eyes and customizing the ads to the person.  It’s a great way for them to know where people are located and what they are doing.

David does a great job fleshing out the characters and making them real.  He makes the readers care for the Slip and his family and hate the Destroyer and Corrigan Mars.  When the book ended, I wasn’t ready because I wanted to keep reading.  I was sucked so far into the story I wasn’t ready to let the characters go.  This is one trilogy that when it’s over I will miss the characters.

Book Description:

Someone must die before another can be born…

As sea levels rise and livable landmasses shrink, the Reorganized United States of America has instituted population control measures to ensure there are sufficient resources and food to sustain the growing population.  Birth authorization must be paid for and obtained prior to having a child.  Someone must die before another can be born, keeping the country in a population neutral position at what experts consider to be the optimal population.  The new laws are enforced by a ruthless government organization known as Pop Con, responsible for terminating any children resulting from unauthorized births, and any illegals who manage to survive past their second birthday, at which point they are designated a national security threat and given the name Slip.

But what if one child slipped through the cracks?  What if someone knew all the loopholes and how to exploit them?  Would it change anything?  Would the delicate resource balance be thrown into a tailspin, threatening the lives of everyone?

And how far would the government go to find and terminate the Slip?

In a gripping story of a family torn apart by a single choice, Slip is a reminder of the sanctity of a single life and the value of the lives we so often take for granted.

Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat

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The Moon Dwellers is a fantastic dystopia story

The Moon Dwellers by David Estes is a wonderful young adult dystopian story.  Hundreds The Moon Dwellersof 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.

Book description:

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.

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