Monday, January 04, 2016

Audio/Book Review of The Star Dwellers (The Dwellers Saga Book 2) by David Estes



Book Title: The Star Dwellers (The Dwellers Saga Book 2)
Genre: YA Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Pages: 368
Audio Run Time: 10 Hrs 41 Mins
Author: David Estes
Date Published: 30 September 2012 (E-Book)
2 June 2015 (Audio Book)

Synopsis:

After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.

Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?

Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?

Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?

In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die.

Review:


The Star Dwellers (The Dwellers, #2)The Star Dwellers by David Estes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the second book and a fantastic continuation of the YA Dystopian story. I loved it!

Adele is a wonderful character. I liked her feisty, sarcastic attitude but, like any teen, she can be a little prickly and defensive. I love how she has grown in character through the series. She is a teenage girl living in the Moon Realm, one of the Tri-Realms created when the earth was faced with a mass extinction event when a meteor was found to be hurtling to Earth. Having rescued her father and sister, Adele now faces an even bigger challenge - rescuing her mother from the prison located in the Star realm.

Tristan is also a wonderful character and the heir apparent to the Presidency of the Tri-Realms. I liked his sense of honour and decency. He has a more compassionate attitude than his tyrannical father, who is the President of the Tri-Realms: the Sun Dwellers, the Moon Dwellers and the Star Dwellers. Still confused about his attraction to Adele, Tristan finds himself joining with Adele's father in convincing the rebel leaders he's on their side.

I downloaded this book in 2013 onto my Kindle, but due to my reading list being so long I haven't been able to read it. I decided to download it as an audiobook when I heard it was available. This gave me the option to either read it, or listen to it.

This audiobook is again narrated by the two readers, Julia Whelan and Will Damron. They both did another fantastic job bringing the story and characters to life. Sometimes, having two narrators can be an off-putting experience for some readers, but I have no issue with it. They have pleasant and clear voices to listen to and I would definitely listen to more books read by them both, whether together or alone.

I started to listen to the story and was quickly hooked; it continues from the end of book one. This book is told from both Adele's and Tristan's points of view in alternating chapters. This gives the reader an insight into the protagonists thoughts and feelings, as well as scenes that play out without the other character being in the picture.

Tawni has a more prominent role in this book. I really like her. She's very resourceful and just as feisty as Adele. Roc is still one of my favourite character's with his charm and easy-going personality. Elsey, Adele's sister, is sweet and lovable. However, we are introduced to new people: Ram, Trevor, Brody and Anna (Adele's mother). Each of these have their own share of secrets, but I enjoyed getting to know them better, some more than others.

There are several surprising twists and turns in this tale, which had me guessing as to where the story was headed. Nevertheless, the journey through the realms has been an exciting roller coaster ride from beginning to end, containing sword fights, gun fights and a formidable round-house kick or two. The story ends on a slight cliffhanger and I am now looking forward to reading/listening to the third book book, The Sun Dwellers, as soon as possible.

David Estes has written a fantastic dystopian novel that has turned me into a huge fan of his. I love his writing style, which is fast paced and the flow is extremely fluid. His characters come alive, and the descriptions of the environs left me breathless. I am looking forward to reading more of his books in the foreseeable future.

I highly recommend this book if you love books like The Hunger Games, Divergent and The Maze Runner, or YA, Dystopian or Post Apocalyptic genres. - Lynn Worton

View all my reviews


         

About The Author:




David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife and soul mate, Adele, who he's now been happily married to for three years.

A reader all his life, David began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and has completed more than 20 novels, all of which have been published. In June of 2012, David became a fulltime writer and is now living in Hawaii.

David gleans inspiration from all sorts of crazy places, like watching random people do entertaining things, dreams (which he jots copious notes about immediately after waking up), and even from thin air sometimes! Recently he's been inspired by some of his favorite authors, like Dean Koontz, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and Neal Shusterman.

David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, an obsessive Goodreads group member, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table. He loves responding to e-mails, Facebook messages, Tweets, blog comments, and Goodreads comments from his readers, all of whom he considers to be his friends.

Where you can find David Estes hanging out:


The Dwellers Saga:
Book One- The Moon Dwellers
Book Two- The Star Dwellers
Book Three- The Sun Dwellers
Book Four- The Earth Dwellers

The Country Saga (A Dwellers Saga sister series):
Book One- Fire Country
Book Two- Ice Country
Book Three- Water & Storm Country
Book Four- The Earth Dwellers

Salem's Revenge:
Book One- Brew
Book Two- Boil
Book Three- Burn

Slip Trilogy:
Book One- Slip
Book Two- Grip
Book Three- Flip

I Am Touch

The Evolution Trilogy:
Book One- Angel Evolution
Book Two- Demon Evolution
Book Three- Archangel Evolution

Children's Books by David Estes:

The Adventures of Nikki Powergloves:
Nikki Powergloves- A Hero is Born
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Council
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Trappers
Nikki Powergloves and the Great Adventure
Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws
Nikki Powergloves and the Power Giver

No comments:

Post a Comment

There was an error in this gadget