The Moon Dwellers – David Estes

The Moon Dwellers

Author: David Estes

Rating: 4/5


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.


I won a signed copy from a GoodReads Giveaway, and it being the first thing I’d ever really won, ever, I was super excited to get to it.

The first 100 or so pages I read in one sitting, then when I sat the book down for the night, I left it down for a bit. Honestly, I really hate the insta-love in books, and it turned me off for the longest while. But I never let something go unread, and ended up picking it back up.

The world is much different from our own, the surface of the Earth basically having been destroyed. Now, the rest of humanity is forced live underground in what they call the Tri-Realms, which consist of the Sun Realm, the Moon Realm, and the Star Realm.

Adele is a Moon Dweller who was sentenced to life in prison as punishment for her parents treason. She is desperate to find the means of escape and reunite with her family.

Tristian, the second POV, is a Sun Dweller, and the son of the President.

One day during some sort of parade in the Moon Realm, Tristian locks eyes with Adele in the prison yard and suddenly, his heart is alive. Even only seeing her for a few moments, he finds himself unable to forget about her over the next few days. Miserable with his luxurious prison, he leaves home with his buddy Roc to go after Adelle, whom is being tracked by a killer hired by Tristian’s father after her escape.

This was a great read, and I’m glad I went and picked it up again.

Although, there are some inconsistencies. I don’t know if they’ll be explained in further depth in the next book, but the whole Government building these underground caves years and years in advance before the Meteor that hit wiped out everything. If they knew about this long enough ahead of time, why didn’t they stop it? Even today, NASA can catalog and track motion of thousands of NEOS, or Near Earth Objects. If one of these NEO’s is detected that would threaten Earth, we can gather info and send off a Nuclear bomb or a Rocket Motor or even a Solar Sail to divert the object. Or even break the object into pieces that wouldnt cause such a devestation that the atmosphere would burn it up.

I did have some issues with realism, but over all I thought it was a lot of fun to read, and quite an original world David Estes has created!

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