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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.
In the Moon Dwellers, a society lives underground centuries after a meteor struck the Earth. The two main characters are Adelle, a young girl imprisoned because her parents were working against the tyranical government, and Tristan, prince and son of the dictator president Nalin, and someone who has nothing in common with his father. The novel is a whirlwind of action as eventually these two meet amongst a starting rebellion and must work to stop a war while also trying to save Adelle’s father from prison.
This is one of my favorite books. I love dsytopias and underground ones are some of my favorites. Throw in some adventure, a quest, family, romance, friendship, and fighting against poor odds, and you have a winner.
Now nothing is perfect. Some of it can be a bit of a stretch (the cause of the headaches for Adelle and Tristan) and some situations that resolve too conveniently. The characters don’t always make good decisions and the romance is a bit fast paced, but these are teenagers after all and the book is a fun read.
As for the audiobook edition, at first I felt Tristan’s narrator sounded way too old. But eventually I got used to it. I thought Adele’s narrator was a good fit. Overall, they both did a fine job of narrating the book and really brought it alive. This is a well done and polished audio edition and one that is easy to listen to.
You should really give this book a shot.. The entire Dwellers series is super great and it only gets better as it goes (the Country books are really amazing).