The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1) - David Estes (Book read and reviewed for {Read It & Reap 78} in the Shut Up And Read group.)

I wish we could give .5 stars on GR, because I'd clearly put this one at 4.5/5 stars. Well, I'd put a 5/5 if not for one thing, that I'll expand on later on.

Having read David Estes's first novel, "Angel Evolution", barely a few days ago, I was amazed to discover to which extent this author's writing has developed in this new, beginning trilogy. This is clearly a work for which said author took into account various critiques, and used them to improve his writing and storytelling. The result is, frankly, very good.

"The Moon Dwellers" follows two characters on two opposite ends on the social scale: Adele, a young woman who's been sentenced to jail for life, but decides to escape with her friends Tawni and Cole and find her scattered family again; and Tristan, elder son of the allmighty President, born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but intent on estranging himself from this life that doesn't feel like his own. The story is told in the first person, from the alternating points of view pf Adele and Tristan; while such an exercise in writing can be quite hazardous, here it works well, allowing us to learn more and more about those characters and what their lives are like.

I especially enjoyed said characters' personalities. Adele and her friends have had to become strong during their stay in jail, and they don't let anyone dictate them how to behave—they don't hesitate to fight, and they do it well and with spunk, too, both physically and through sarcasm. As for Tristan and Roc, the one isn't such the pampered prince as a lot of people believe him to be, and the other, albeit not the best when it comes to handling a weapon, is terrific in the way he managed to keep his sense of humour throughout dark times. Their friendship, too, is made of solid mettle, and feels genuine and very much present.

The one thing I wasn't too keen on was the 'insta-connection' between Adele and Tristan; it has nothing to do with "The Moond Dwellers" per se, it's simply I as a reader who's never felt convinced by such strong attractions upon first sight. Also, I thought that at times, events unfolded a little too neatly (the various bomb attacks, especially), reinforcing that aspect of 'destiny bringing everyone and everything together'. I suppose you either like it or not.

This said, I am nonetheless eager to read the next volume!

(As a side note, I find the cover's composition absolutely fascinating. The more I look at it, the more it grows on me.)