Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Sun Dwellers by David Estes

Title:  The Sun Dwellers
Author:  David Estes
Series: The Dwellers #3
Published: November 30th 2012 (first published November 23rd 2012)
Page Count: 399
Genre: Dystopian Young Adult
Shelf: Books I Bought
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Includes a bonus Dwellers Short Story (Anna's Story) and a sneak peek at David Estes' follow up YA dystopian series, Fire Country!

With those she's closest to dying around her, Adele embarks on a secret mission to the Sun Realm to assassinate the President. Along the way she'll uncover secrets about her relationship with Tristan that she might not be ready to face.

Tristan has a secret, too, one that's been eating him up inside ever since he met Adele. Will he reveal all, and risk the loss of friendship and love at a time when he needs it the most?

At the same time, Adele's mother, General Rose, must lead her soldiers into battle to face the sun dweller army in the hopes of holding them off until Adele can complete her mission. Can she outlast the strength of President Nailin's elite fighting force?

There's only one truth in their world: someone must die.

My Review:

David Estes hit it out of the park with the final installment of the Dwellers series. Intensity has been building since the first book, only to come to a head in this volume. I thought that I loved the last two books, but that word no longer describes it. This volume was phenomenal.

Estes continues with his amazing descriptions. What floors me about his style is the amount of information that he packs in to a description, without making it seem like a description. It is all worked in so subtly that you have a complete, vivid picture in your mind without ever having to read a long, drawn out narrative. The different realms are now so well developed that I feel like I’ve been there in person.

This volume is also much more intense than its predecessors. All events are coming to a head. There is a lot less talking and a lot more fighting. There is also a great deal more pain and sorrow. This is coupled with lots of laughter as well, because even in the darkest of moments friends and family still make things brighter. A new order is dawning in the realms and we are along for the ride to experience it. You are so immersed in the struggles that you feel like fighting for them.

The characters in this novel also continue to grow. They are all such well rounded people. You find your heart going out to the characters based on the trials that they are going through. You want to mourn with them when they lose a loved one. You hurt with them when they get injured. One thing that I must say however is that there is no way that I could have gone on this journey without getting lost. They all seem to have an amazing sense of direction. I envy them that.

David Estes has kept me captivated since book one. It saddens me that this series is now complete. I want to continue the journey with the characters, watching them rebuild. I can’t wait to get my hands on his next book, Fire Country, the first book in the sister series to the Dwellers.

Buy your copy online here today.

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