THE MOON DWELLERS
The Dwellers – Book One
Author: David Estes
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrators: Julia Whelan and Will Damron
Length: 10 hours, 34 minutes
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopian Fiction
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Podium Publishing
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This is a dystopian fiction story. This genre has become very popular over the past few years. There are a lot of this type of book on the market and it can be a daunting task to try to decide which titles are worth buying and which ones should be avoided. “The Moon Dwellers” is one that should be added to everyone’s “To Read” list.
After the surface of the Earth has become uninhabitable, an underground colony is established. As is always the case with human beings, a distinct class system emerges. Three underground levels are built and are called the Tri-Realms.
Closest to the Earth’s surface is the Sun Realm where the wealthy and powerful reside. The next deepest level is known as the Moon Realm (the supposed middle-class) and deepest of all is the Star Realm.
Tristan is the eldest son of the President.
The government of the Tri-Realms may consider itself to be democratic, but since positions are earned solely based on bloodlines, it is really a monarchy masquerading as a democracy.
Since he is the eldest son of the current President, Tristan is destined to be the next President of the Tri-Realms. Tristan’s father is obsessed with power and wealth. His father wants Tristan to follow in his footsteps, but Tristan is nothing like his father. In fact, he hates the way the people in the Sun Realm treat those that reside in the Moon and Star Realms, but he has no idea how to go about changing things.
Adele is seventeen and has spent all of her short life living in the middle class Moon Realm. Despite the fact that her parents do not make much money, Adele and her little sister have had a happy childhood and the family is very close-knit.
Since Adele is the daughter of two convicted Traitors the law of the Tri-Realms states that any child of traitorous parents is also guilty of treason and Adele receives a lifetime prison sentence. Since she is not quite eighteen years old she is sent to the youth prison known as “The Pen.”
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.
Adele makes friends with two other inmates in The Pen. Tawni and Cole each have secrets that they wish to leave undiscovered.
Other than her friends, the only thing Adele has going for her is the fact that she is an amazing fighter thanks to the combat training she received from her father.
Tristan’s best friend is also his personal servant. Roc has been with Tristan his entire life and they are more like brothers than employee and employer.
When a war breaks out within the Tri-Realms, Tristan is thrust into the middle of a conflict that seems to follow Adele as she searches for her family.
Author David Estes has created an entire society with distinct classes and a unique setting.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Since the story is told from two different perspectives: that of Adele and Tristan, it was refreshing to have two narrators to tell the story. Julia Whelan does a great job as the voice of Adele and is able to perfectly convey both Adele’s strength and her vulnerability. Will Damron as Tristan is equally wonderful. Tristan’s character is conflicted and Will is able to use inflection to portray his character’s inner angst with flair. I give the narration of this audiobook a 5 out of 5 star rating.
This book is targeted and marketed as a Young Adult audiobook but I believe that adult listeners will also enjoy this story.
There are a total of four books in “The Dwellers” series. They are:
1. The Moon Dwellers
2. The Star Dwellers
3. The Sun Dwellers
4. The Earth Dwellers
I am definitely interested in listening to all four of these audiobooks. I rate “The Moon Dwellers” as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐