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A Story Scratched – The Moon Dwellers, David Estes (The Dwellers #1)

I finally got round to finishing a book! One down, twenty-four more to go, to complete my self-imposed Goodreads Challenge! This book was a Goodreads experiment. It was recommended to me after I signed up and it sounded pretty good (I think I’ve mentioned before when talking about The Maze Runner that I am all over YA dystopia!) so I asked for it for Christmas (thank you Santa!).

The Moon Dwellers

Blurb / Summary (or apparently the entire book plot!):
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.

The Good:
It was indeed very good! Characters were well-developed and rounded, each of the ones we meet are given their own motivations and stories, this is not one of those tales where side-characters are just wooden background and a contrast for the main character to be the stand-out hero (with the slight exception of Roc, but I’m holding out hope he becomes more than the weaker, comedy sidekick to Tristan’s sword-wielding expert). I enjoyed the plot and angle on the dystopian society more than the writing style. The whole world-building is brilliant, I want to know more about this society! (and lord would I love to see these caves depicted in a film!) The plot was a good mix of intrigue and action and definitely left you wanting to know what happens next, while giving a few (fairly easy) clues as to where the story is going in the end. Loved it.

The Meh:
The writing feels a bit juvenile, though this is understandable considering our narrators are two teenagers. I guess this is my problem, I love the stories YA books tell, but the writing’s getting a bit young for me!

The I-could-do-without:
To be honest, the romance! The world they know is falling apart and these kids are literally talking about how hot the other is. I’m not a massive fan of the Instant-Love-At-First-Sight trope, and I understand that they’re ‘connected’ beyond being infatuated at the sight of each other (sometimes I get the feeling they each want to track the other down and beat some information out of them…) so I’ll let it play out without judging too much, but I do feel that having one of them literally state “wowowowow” due to the other being shirtless while patching up their bleeding battle wounds is a bit…over the top.

Favourite Part:
Possibly the bit where Roc is basically all are we seriously running all over this godforsaken place and getting ourselves killed because you like a f*****g girl? Are you joking? because well, we were all thinking it a little bit.

Favourite Line:
“I don’t particularly like confrontation. Unfortunately, confrontation seems to like me quite a lot.” – Adele

Out of Ten:
Seven! There may be a few things I’m not totally keen on but if it’s got me buying the next one off of Amazon because I <em>need</em>  to see how the next bit goes down, it must be doing something right!

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