The Moon Dwellers by David Estes

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.

When a meteorite that was bound for earth, decimated the planet, survival plans had already been completed. To construct an underground city of lairs and tunnels to house those chosen to survive. What the authorities didn't plan on was the new underground world segregating into classes, and the population spreading so quickly. Born are the Sun, Moon and Star realms.

Adele lives within the Moon realm, created to serve the popular, wealthy and privileged Sun dwellers. After having her home raided, her parents taken, presumed dead, Adele finds herself imprisoned. She is being charged with treason and attacking a guard the day her parents were captured, and little sister Elsey is left to fend for herself.

After meeting fellow inmates Cole and Tawni, she finally feels a seed of hope bloom, her parents may very well be alive. The three hatch a plan to escape, but they didn't plan to have Tristan, the presidents son, hot on their trail.

Tristan can't stop thinking about her, the girl behind the penitentiary fence. He needs to see her again, so Tristan and best friend Roc set out from the comfort of the Sun dweller luxuries and are just in time to witness the prison break... And the chase begins. 

With the bombing of the Moon realm continuing, Adele must rescue her sister from the orphanage, find her father being held at a prison camp and run. Suddenly being on the verge of a revolution isn't at scary as it sounds.

This is the first book that I've discovered that is on equal par with The Hunger Games. It was awe inspiring and brilliant. It is told in dual points of view. From Adele the Moon dweller and Tristan. Adele's realm is working class, electricity is scarce and money even more so. Bellies are always never quite full and everyday is a battle. Tristan is the presidents son. His mother had disappeared and his father and brother are polar opposites to himself. Tristan wants more from his luxurious, celebrity lifestyle... And he wants Adele.

Adele is a kick ass, tough protagonist. She's Katniss Everdeen on steroids. Faster, stronger and a tough fighter. She has a self confidence that is unmatched and you'll fall in love with her grit and determination. A unique take on a post apocalyptic world, a revolution brewing and the love story between two strong characters from opposite ends of the scale.


The Moon Dwellers
(The Dwellers: Book One)
Written By David Estes
Published: 30 / 06 / 2012
369 Pages

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