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The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers #1)

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,332 ratings  ·  569 reviews
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 treaso
Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published June 30th 2012 by David Estes (first published June 16th 2012)
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Livvy Moon Dwellers are all the people that live in what is called the "Moon Realm" which is a level of caverns in the earth. It is the level between the…moreMoon Dwellers are all the people that live in what is called the "Moon Realm" which is a level of caverns in the earth. It is the level between the Sun Realm, and the Star Realm. Star Dwellers are those that live in the Star Realm(less)
Livvy not sure but it's 27 chapters, probably roughly 60 e-reader pages per chapter.
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David Estes
Jun 08, 2015 David Estes added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I hope you all enjoy my new book as much as my beta readers did! Here are a few of their quotes after reading The Moon Dwellers:

-“I’m excited for the next book and this one isn’t even out yet!” -Alexandria

-“HOLY CRAP! I literally JUST finished and I’m kind of on that crazy after-you-finish-an-epic-book high!” –Kerri

-“OH MY GOD!!! What a lovely story David! I am in LOVE with it!” –Nicole

-“Awesome job. Can’t wait till the book is going to come out. Let me know when so I can demand all my friends t

YA Dystopians have become my favorite genre over the past year. There really aren't too many I haven't read yet, although there are a few. I'm not sure why I didn't read this one sooner, I am kind of kicking myself right now! This was a thrilling, couldn't-put-it-down kind of read!

The story is a dual POV between Adele and Tristan. Adele is in prison through no crimes of her own. The society is set up like a caste system, and Adele's class, The Moon Dwellers, is considered middle class. Although
Early Beta Review 2/21/12

Wow, what an amazing journey into a completely unique world. This Dystopian/Urban Fantasy Novel stole my breath. Journey under the earth’s crust after post apocalypse into the tri-realms for an emotional adventure ready to sweep you into it.

Adele is a 17 year old girl sentenced to life in prison because her father dared to question their unfair existence. For six months she has held her own in the juvenile detention center while waiting for her 18th birthday only to be
Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Jun 20, 2012 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) by: author
Quick review:

Cover: eye catching color
Rating: PG
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: An amazing story with guts and determination.
Characters: Well written
Plot: An original tale with that kept me captivated.
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Absolutely
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Tristan *sigh*

SUMMARY (50 words or less)

This story is very well written and thought out. So much so that the undercurrents of romance that on hinted at the surface didn’t bother me. In fact it was a plus. The only thing I did was roo
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Actual Rating: 4.5

Before I begin, thanks to the ARR program, I received a free copy of the Moon Dwellers from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for David for choosing me as a reviewer.

Adele is a strong, capable fighter who is stuck in a juvenile prison called The Pen. We meet her when she gets picked on by another inmate, someone who's bigger and stronger than her. With her unexpected fighting skills however, she bested the inmate and catches the attention of three differen
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
Hmm...I had to let this one sink in a bit.

Very City of Ember feel to it, but MORE everything.... more action, more romance, more back story, more violence... even more caves (I think!) And it's definitely an 'older' read than City of Ember. Very dark themes, and just the slightest smattering of young love.

"My heart is alive again. Because I see her."

I am always drawn to dystopian fiction, but have not read very much of it. So I can't proclaim how similar or dissimilar it may be to The Hunger Gam
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
*kung fu kick to the balls*
*run in the dark with hopefull abondon that you dont hit a wall face first*
"Oh crap! Whatch out for the canabalistic hag!!"
*run some more*
"Oh shit, my pancreas, my liver, my leg!!! Oh the agony!"
*epic tumble down raging waterfall*
"Damn, are we there yet?"
"Yup, we're here."
"So, what do we do now?", someone ask.
"On to the next one!!!"

And that my friends, is my personal synopsis for this novel. Oh it was good, bu
Michele Miller
Oh Mr. Estes what a horribly wicked, wonderfully awesome place you have created in the Tri-Realms!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Moon Dwellers from start to finish. I don't like to give things away in my reviews, bc I myself hate to stumble upon too many spoilers. Especially about a good book and this is a GOOD book. If you loved Hunger Games than I think it is safe to say you will love this one but believe me when I say they are not one in the same. My thoughts:

I was worried at first that it would b
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

Some may say that you should never read a book because of the author. But looking at numerous cases of authors throwing temper tantrum throughout this year especially, I'd say, I am one of those people who would read a book because of the author. Call me judgmental, but I think the readers deserve to be appreciated and treated with respect especially when they spent their hard-earned money for your book.

David Estes is one of my GR friends, he was t
Yzabel Ginsberg
(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
Jul 17, 2012 Erin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers who like their dystopians to have a love story!
First and foremost, a huge thank you to David Estes for sending me a copy of The Moon Dwellers to read along with my fellow mods!! This was my first experience with David's work, and I was absolutely impressed!! I started this for our group's chapter-a-day, but I freely admit that by about 50% in I couldn't stand breaking away from the book anymore and I just read through to the end (bad Erin, bad!)! I'm kind of still in a giddy "OMG I love this story!!" mode right now, but I'll try to keep from ...more
This story follows Adele and Tristan. I thought it was extremely brilliant and doubly entertaining the way that the author, David Estes, told the story so seamlessly while coming from both the point of view of Adele and then Tristan. They trade every chapter giving their take on events unfolding in the novel. I fell in love with both of them immediately. For some reason, I realized exactly at the start of Chapter 9 that I was hooked. I couldn't wait to read what would happen next!

The Moon Dwelle
Kayleigh {K-Books}
The Moon Dwellers Review on K-Books

Wow! What can I say about this book? It is absolutely awesome. That is definitely the first word that comes to mind when I think of Moon Dwellers.

Adele, a Moon dweller, has been sentenced to life in the Pen. She has come to terms with what her life is going to be like. But then she sees Tristan. Son of the president, he would never notice her right? But when their eyes meet for a split second something happens, they feel a connection. Now with her new found fri
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

After all the great reviews I already had read about this book I was really glad when I got an ARC to read for a blog tour. I had high expectation of this book, but it certainly was a great read with an original story.

Let me start with the story, it is a unique dystophia story. I really liked it, but I think there was a bit too much focus "love at first sight". Both characters practically are in love with each other without knowing each other. I am no
Moon Dwellers had me captivated from the first page and I seriously had to resist reading ahead, since I was reading this along with my fellow moderators and group members in our Chapter a Day Challenge. But, alas, I could not resist any longer and had to finish it. It was that awesome and exciting. I was literally sitting at the edge of my couch just devouring every page, jammed full of action and adventure and kick ass fight scenes. I'm telling you David Estes is brilliant. He really knows how ...more
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
Full Review posted at Passionate Book Divas Blog

OMG! Oh - My - Gosh! Holy Shit - Oh my god!

I loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to take some time to put my thoughts in coherent form at the moment - I will have a reveiw for this book for you in a day or so... maybe a week - depends on how long it takes me to COME DOWN FROM THIS EPIC HIGH I'M ON AT THE MOMENT!! **that is in caps b/c if I were talking aloud i'd be shouting out of pure excitement!!!**

I am giving 4.5 stars b/c this is a 1st book an
Jul 02, 2012 Dvora rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Dvora by: David Estes
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would!! The suspense and the action was non stop. Always waiting for something to happen. The romance was perfect. The acts of bravery and loyalty was something to be admired. Something we can all learn a lesson from. The strengths and weaknesses of each character was balanced perfectly for their personalities. The story was well thought out and really made me think, what if that happened. The humor, banter and wit with all the characters had me LOL ...more
I was so happy to find out that award winning Julia Whelan and Will Damron were narrators for Estes's amazing Dwellers Saga! And, wow...! They did not disapoint! Julia played Adele to perfection and I loved her portrayals of Tawni, Elsey, and even Tristan. Will did a great job as Tristan, and I adored his Roc.

I tried to drag out this audio as long as I could, and savored every minute!

I have The Star Dwellers loaded up and ready to go and am off to be swept away again into this incredible dysto

I love the story. It was a journey and I can't wait for the next book!

Tristan and Adele. Adele and Tristan. Those names just go together. <3
I received my copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This story centers around a future earth, where the population now lives underground in the realms. There are 3 realms, star(lowest), moon(middle) and sun(highest). The government has gone from the elected officers to basically a monarchy, but with a whole lot of selfishness thrown in. The main characters are Adele, a moon dweller, and Tristan, a sun dweller and son of the president. They originally don't really meet, but catch
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

So, my Kindle seems to have inexplicably deleted more than half the notes I took while reading this.

But whatever, whatever. I can deal with it. Even though it's been about a month since I finished this, I think I can remember what I was going to say pretty well.

The story:

Humanity (what's left of it, anyway) is forced to live underground after the surface of the Earth is completely destroyed. A new society is formed called the Tri-Realms, which consists of the Sun Realm,
Sannie Hald
(I received a copy by the author in return for an honest review)

I love dystopian fiction, I really do. I also love kickass heroines.

So this book is voted similar to the hunger games, yeah, I get:
- kickass heroine from a poor environment
- she's got a little sister she wants to protect
- not that fond of her mother (compared to her father)
- layers of realms divided into many small supchapters and so on..

But I preferred this one compared to the hunger games. David (the amazing author) has really cre
I really enjoyed reading the The Moon Dwellers. This book first came to my attention for a group read for a chapter-a-day. I lasted about half-way into the book before I couldn’t take it anymore and just finished it. The suspense was killing me!

World Building : I was really intrigued with the premise of the book. It takes place hundreds of years in the future in the former United States, where the human race has moved to live in the ground due to the surface of the earth being uninhabitable. T
Anthony Jr.
This is a hard review to write, for a particular reason. I read a preview (prologue and chapters 1 -2) of this book before, in July. I posted a few thoughts about those early chapters and from what I recall my only issue at that time was how quickly a certain character's wounds healed or something to that effect.

Fast forward. Mr. Estes announces he has made changes and is providing copies of the book in exchange for a honest review. I jumped on this, because based on the amount I had read befor
Alexandra  Harris
First let me start off with the fact that David Estes is a great writer! If you haven't read any of his books you're in for an earth shattering treat! With that being said I guess I should start the review aye?

Wow doesn't even begin to cover this urban fantasy but it's a good start! The world David puts together in this novel is fresh and new, I felt like this book really flowed. It wouldn't be right to say it was an "easy read" because of the stimulation alone this book offers, but it was easy
The author wrote: “If you enjoyed this book, please, please (don’t make me get down on my knees and beg) considering leaving a positive review on”
Well David as I did LOVE your book and do hope you’ll be able to continue writing for a living, it’s my turn to write something about The Moon Dwellers. I only hope I’ll give it justice because writing a review is always a little bit tricky for me.

So, who should read this book? Every fan of epic dystopian stories!
Why? Because it has all
Another brilliant book by David Estes. A gripping journey through love, loss and personal growth. David has a way of creating beautiful charcters that pull you into their struggles and triumphs, making you feel connected on an emotional level. I found myself laughing, crying and cheering them on. I didn't want it to end. The Moon Dwellers is a must read!!!
Melissa Martin

I am so glad I finally got to read this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to the rest of the books in the saga.

I loved this story starts off in the Moon Dwellers Realm. These are people that live underground. We get to read about Adele, Cole and Tawni. They are in the Pen, prison for different crimes.

Adele's parents were taken away along with her sister and she ends up in prison. Her father did well in teaching her and her little sister how to fi
Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* .
Jul 19, 2012 Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* . rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: YA, sci-fi, romance, adventure, drama readers
Recommended to Hazel G. (I ♥ Mancandy) *Craves the Angst Reviews* by: David Estes

Amazing and epic tale of adventure, rebellion and love!

The Moon Dwellers is a YA science fiction novel and the first in The Dwellers series written by David Estes. I read this as a R2R with Making Connections YA Edition. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.

The Rundown:
The authors blurb does this so well, I won’t try to recreate it. ;)

The Review:
I am in awe at how terrific this story was. The world building and society
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  • The Sun Dwellers (The Dwellers, #3)
  • The Earth Dwellers (The Dwellers, #4)
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