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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Rule No. 1: You don't kill the body you inhabit.
Rule No. 2: You should never again mention your previous name.
Rule No. 3: You don't ever talk about your previous life. Ever.

Two young men with the power to take over another body inhabit the bodies and lives of brothers Jonah and Louis. The takeover leads to a car crash, injuring Jonah's legs and forcing them to stay in the
Paperback, 130 pages
Published June 2014 by Visprint, Inc.
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Neil (or bleed)
“...the world looks at us, points at me and says I eat like a monster. I did not create this body - it was given to me.”

Haunting, terrifying and admirably mind-boggling, Dwellers by Eliza Victoria will take you to the edge of your seat and will not allow you to do your chores until you finished the book. It was so good. I'm not kidding you. The fact that it was written by a Filipina author made me love this book more and be proud of it.

Basically, it was a paranormal mystery which was about
I've been hunting for this book at our local bookstores for months now because it's always unavailable but at last I bought it and finally read this amazing book!

This is my first Eliza Victoria book, the blurb and the cover compelled me to read this and of course the reviews I've seen in Goodreads fueled my interest.

The story begins when two cousins inhabit the bodies of two brothers Louis and Jonah, all is well but then they found a dead body inside a freezer down the basement. The story progre
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to K.D. by: The Filipino Group
This Pinoy book is perfect. Short, it is a novella, but solid. No wasted words. Eliza Victoria gave a "foreign" flavor to the local speculative fiction market in the Philippines. The market that is mostly composed of short stories, collections or anthologies. I almost always prefer novels rather than short stories because I enjoy spending more time with fictional characters in my mind while reading and even a few days afterwards.

This is my second Eliza Victoria book. The first was her first prin
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
You can take me anywhere, Eliza Victoria. With stories like yours, anywhere. :) ...more
Selkie ✦ Queen
I first encountered Eliza Victoria in her short story submission for the Filipino horror anthology Demons of the New Year entitled Salot and it was a piece that stayed with me because of its ambiguous ending and fascinating characters whom I wished she expounded on some more. Heck, I even personally tweeted her one time and asked if there is a sequel because I couldn't get enough of it and she responded that there was no more that she could offer me. I was heartbroken but it also ignited my inte ...more
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Is that a girl standing outside the window?

A really creepy read, I made the mistake of reading it at night. More thoughts soon.


After reading A Bottle of Storm Clouds, I became enthralled with Eliza Victoria’s writing. I loved her brand of speculative fiction and Dwellers is her latest novel. In this book, she mixed crime, mystery, and supernatural and I had the mistake of reading it at night. The story is told in the first person narrative, and it was so easy to get into Jonah’s
Divine Anas
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Filipino readers, fans of murder mystery
"We are doomed because we are all connected. But alone, we won’t survive. So we are all doomed. Even if you follow all the rules, someone, somewhere, won’t, and it will be the end of you. If a life is defined by how it ends, then no life has meaning, because every life ends with nothing."
Dwellers has this magnetic appeal you can't get rid of by the time you read the first few pages. Eliza's storytelling is concise and engaging that made me desire to finish the book in one sitting des
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
A done-in-one-sitting read (best read while listening to The Who's "Who are You?" for obvious reasons :-) ). A neat little thriller/fantasy/whodunit story. I like that it's recognizable as written by a Filipino but anyone who is not can still appreciate it. Some people might find it strange but I like the ambiguous ending (I would have like it even more if the background story wasn't given in that much detail). It is understandable that people might demand a sequel.
Nightmares galore - tonight in la-la-land! >.< ...more
A gem of a book. Thrilling and to the point.

The book is about two cousins who are "dwellers", which means that they can reside over another body that they choose.

Their lives follow three rules:
Rule No. 1: You don't kill the body you inhabit.
Rule No. 2: You should never again mention your previous name.
Rule No. 3: You don't ever talk about your previous life. Ever.

The story starts with them inhabiting the bodies of two brothers, Jonah and Louis, without them knowing how dark the past of the two
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think I am born thinking of the world as a big speculative fiction novel. Nope, let me change that, our lives are interconnected speculative fictions, that is the world. But thinking this way is redundant, how could reality be fictions you may ask? No, not fiction per se, speculative fiction. When you were younger, ever tried to talk to your doll and hear it answer or cook up a conversation with your pet (the fish is the hardest to talk with, it gobbles up its words)? Ever thought you get supe ...more
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Meliza by: Goodreads - TFG
I think this is one of my favorite Filipino reads this year. (As if I have read a lot. Hehe!) I am looking forward to read more works from Eliza Victoria.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-voices, 2017
Well that was a quick read, a quick disturbing, bizarre read. I'm still mulling over my rating, once I finalise it I'll write a proper review.
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it

Complete marginalia for this and two other Eliza Victoria books here .

Another thrilling page-turner from my favorite Filipino author. A short read at fewer than 200 pages, but it packs a whole lot of wallop and suspense.

More books, Eliza! :)
Oct 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tfg-f2f, 2014
Read book thoughts from The Page Walker . ...more
If anything, this book is a sign I definitely need to read more Filipino literature. In fact, it's the reason why I've begun stalking NBS branches at every mall I get to visit. Which were several this month, because it's the holiday season and I've had to run errands and hunt down exchange gifts. Lol.

I'm a horrible person but I've always thought of most contemporary Filipino books as subpar compared to their international counterparts. This is probably because I've been ignorant about the hidden
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know how to classify this. It's one of those books that blur genres like it's nothing, and it's probably one of the best Philippine spec lit I've ever read.

Not that I've read a lot, but there's a lot of horn-tooting in spec lit writers, and lots of posturing that I think takes away from the actual enjoyment of the act of writing itself (karaoke!!!). This novel has none of the fuss and furbelow, doesn't try to be hip and different, doesn't give you unrealised expectations of uniqueness.
Jemimah Bela
Dec 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I had major apprehensions about picking up this book. The blurb had me thinking of Stephanie Meyer's The Host and that's never a good thing in my opinion. Fortunately, my interest in Ms. Victoria's work and my trust in Visprint prevailed.

Dwellers is a total departure from Project 17 as it is a dark thriller/mystery.

The novel didn't capture and keep me as I hoped it would. I believe that stemmed from the fact that even though Dwellers is a dark tale, it wasn't pitch black.

The characters could us
Larayne Michelle
Nov 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Larayne Michelle by: The Filipino Group
Shelves: 2014
Actual rating is 3.5 stars.

From the blurb, I could already tell that this would be disturbing, and it was right from the start. What I didn't expect was that it had a supernatural aspect to it. There were parts that were realistic and parts that were of the supernatural, I didn't come to love the mix of both in the beginning but it worked for me in the end anyway. (view spoiler)
Kristel Villar
I've always been a fan of crime and suspense stories, and this is by far, one of the nicest books I've read! I love how the touch of fantasy (the main characters have powers to inhabit other's bodies) was thrown into the plot, giving more shine to the story and making it unique from the other crime stories I've read. I also love the pacing because no scene or character was wasted, keeping me guessing what will unfold next. Even the circumstances of the main characters were planted so well (e.g. ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it. Great atmosphere during the set-up where you meet the two cousins inhabiting other people's bodies. By the time I got to page 20 or so, I was gripped. There's a delicious mystery, which leads to a satisfying revelation...(view spoiler). The ending, I thought, was perfect. And Eliza Victoria's writing, as usual, is smooth and smart.

In summary, it's great writing and a great st
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been seeing good reviews of Eliza Victoria's works and supporting local lit especially through this month's #BuwanNgMgaAkdangPinoy movement, I thought it a perfect time to pick her up.

I must say I was super engrossed the first few parts... My curiosity was at a high. The mystery and setting was built up so well, I was hooked! The only thing that had me drop the additional star is because of the abrupt ending. For how drawn out the built up was, the resolution and conclusion told briefly an
Sep 20, 2014 added it
A supernatural suspense story of two young men who mysteriously invaded the bodies of two brothers. The premise is crazy and scary enough. You will want to know what happens next AND what happens before (the back story is insane). Slow reveal of secrets at first, then the plot turns become more and more sinister and hideous and loopy as characters are slowly unmasked, characters you either root for or want to strangle. There are some scenes of authentic feelings, some extremely wasak moments. It ...more
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 stars, not because it's not that good, in fact it is so good that I gave it four .

I started reading Eliza's work with her short stories, and in fact though there are lots that I liked from those stories, I find it short. It's a short story anyway, nothing to dispute from it, it's just that I find those plots with more to tell from them. Not that they are wasted, they are award winning stories by the way, my problem was they keep me thinking what could have happened to those untold parts. (It's
" If a life is defined how it ends, then no life has meaning, because every life ends with nothing"

I'm really glad I've read this book. As soon as I saw some bookfriends' views about it, I know that I have to get my hands on a copy.. And so....

It was eerie, engrossing, compelling and a somewhat disturbing read. It tackled so much issues about life itself that had the same perspective as mine and what I mostly believed in.

I specifically liked how most of the characters have their own brand of da
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite Eliza Victoria book so far. I love how it was easy for me to understand the concept of taking over someone else's body, and to relate to the characters' struggles. Although the story is quite short (read this in one sitting), I think the length was perfectly suited to match the pacing. The author keeps the mystery looming from the first page until the last, leaving crumbs along the way and revealing the answers until the last minute. I enjoyed the exhilarating feeling of bein ...more
Ian Cruz
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Eliza Victoria does justice to every Filipino novelist of the modern times. A gripping tale set with the feel of isolation that takes readers on the tale of two men who have the power to take over another person's body. Here she takes on the themes of life's true purpose and meaning. She shows the reader the different choices one must make to survive a world dominated by power. This is not your ordinary suspenseful and macabre-infused novella. With mysterious characters and even more mysterious ...more
Elena ( The Queen Reads )
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a hauntingly beautiful book. It made me think and be creeped out all throughout it. Kudos to Ms. Victoria! Very good writing skills, not too much purple prose and direct to the point. it may have lacked a little bit for me in thw backstory of the brothers but overall I loved it. Review to come in the blog. ❤
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Nick Buendia
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I don't know if it's me or this book is quite confusing. The pacing is quite fast. I was deceived by the cover and the synopsis.
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Eliza Victoria is the author of several books including the Philippine National Book Award-winning Dwellers (2014), the novel Wounded Little Gods (2016), the graphic novel After Lambana (2016, a collaboration with Mervin Malonzo), and the science fiction novel-in-stories, Nightfall (2018). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, most recently in LONTAR: The J ...more

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