The Moon Dwellers by David Estes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this in conjunction with a Chapter-a-Day read at Never Too Old for YA Books Goodreads Group, while I was also reading Mr. Estes’ “Angel Evolution” for The David Estes Fan Group Goodreads Group. “Angel Evolution” was his first book, and “Moon Dwellers” his fourth. It is engrossing-I could not set it aside. Set underground, centuries after toxicity ruined the Earth’s surface, there are three realms: Sun Dweller, Moon Dweller, Star Dweller. The Star realm is the worst, the deepest underground, the poorest, the most downtrodden, barely even considered third class citizens. The Moon realm, in the middle, is poor and growing worse economically. The Sun realm reminds me of contemporary society’s 1%: wealthy, disregarding of human life other than their own; rather like Marie Antoinette in attitude. As long as the Moon and Star realms provide the needs and luxuries of the Sun realm by mining and manufacturing, the Sun dwellers are happy, shallow, and blindered. Led by a despot, President Nailin, life rolls smoothly on, unaware of the star dwellers’ imminent rebellion.
All of the characters are well drawn, and unlike those in “Angel Evolution,” I found it easy to empathise with all of the “good guys.” The suspense is top-notch and the plotting is taut.
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