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.
The Moon Dwellers by David Estes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this story for young adults and bought the second book in the series before I finished reading this one but I was introduced to Estes through more recent works (Salem's Revenge) before backtracking to this series. While there's not many changes to Estes' writing style, he does grow as a writer between then and now, especially in the way he handles the delivery of details. The beginning of this book was a little difficult because a lot of disorganized details are thrown out all at once, which allowed a couple typos to slip past editors and proof-readers. It was hard to suspend my disbelief until I read past the descriptions of the new world to where the action-driven plot took over. Once I hit the action, I was sucked back into the story (though mentionings of the tunnel-world and its creation/layout continued to pluck at my suspended-disbelief).
I really like the main female character, Adele, and want to see what happens to her.
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