Friday, April 26, 2013

The Star Dwellers by David Estes

The Star Dwellers (The Dwellers, #2)The Star Dwellers by David Estes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Star Dwellers is an adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The story picks up just after Adele and Tristan part ways. Adele and Tawni are in the tunnels leading to the Star Realm and Tristan, Roc and Elsey are with Ben Rose (Adele's father) in the resistance headquarters in the Moon Realm.

Adele's adventure is fraught with danger as she first dodges Sun Realm troups and later fights insanity brought on by an insidious illness. But, both she and Tawni make it through and reach the Star Realm, if not in one piece, then near enough to be of use. But not all is as expected in the dreary underworld of the Tri-Realms. Their army is better equipped than they should be and Adele is suspicious.

Tristan's adventure is more of an internal one. He struggles with feelings of inadequacy, fear for his new friends (and Adele), and the knowledge that many of his new allies either mistrust him or downright hate him. All of this is made worse by his father's vindictive taunting and threats designed to flush out or perhaps simply to hurt his son.

As in the previous book, the characters are wonderfully flawed and dynamic, the banter and interactions are entertaining and natural, and the action is brisk and exciting.

I love Star Dwellers and am impressed with the rich world David Estes portrays. He truly is a magician in the art of storytelling.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes YA dystopian stories like Hunger Games.

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Published on April 26, 2013 15:40 • Tags: dystopianrecommendations,reviewsya