The Earth Dwellers: A SciFi Dystopian Thriller (The Dwellers Saga Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Here we go! Tristan and Adele come up to the surface to find out more about the Earth Dwellers. Siena, Skye and Wilde find them and assume they are their "Glassies" enemies. Skye insists on taking Adele and Tristan prisoners. Along the way, they form a truce and agree to help each other defeat President Lector and the Earth Dwellers once and for all. Meanwhile, Dazz and Buff have made it back to Ice Country, and the goal is to convince the council to join in an alliance with the Tri-Tribes.
I'm not giving away too much here, this all happens pretty early in the story, and is what we would expect. So the theme of a controlling dictator continues in this story. It seemed amazing to me that Tristan and Adele have come so far, to have to start all over again.
The familiar themes of family and friendship are carried on throughout this novel, and seem present in just about every page. EVERYONE is fighting for those they love. And it makes the characters have to face some hard decisions.
The FEELS in this one--Oh. My. Gosh. I had goosebumps before I even started reading, in just epicness of all my favorite characters coming together to rid the planet of evil: Adele, Tristan, Skye, Siena, Circ, Dazz, Buff, Roc, Tawni, Feve, Lara, Hawk, Sadie, Huck, and even Perry! There is several POVs, but the main ones are Adele, Tristan, and Siena. There were horrible moments of tears and thinking, "WHY???" There were also moments of giggling--especially with Roc, I can never get enough of him!
After the first couple of chapters, nothing in the story was what I was expecting. There are so many twists. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was thrown for another loop. I LOVE that! I love not being to guess the ending, and I certainly didn't in this book. Up until the very end, I was completely surprised!
Somehow the author took two very different series with a huge cast of unique characters and weaved one of the best dystopian stories I've had the pleasure of reading! The ending was bittersweet for me. I really didn't want to have to say goodbye to this world and its peoples. But I can console myself with the knowledge that Estes has more adventures coming over the horizon soon!
Earth Dwellers. They came from below ground and they refuse to mingle with those already living in the harshness of the surface of the Earth. In this final installment of the Country Saga Series and the Dweller Saga Series, Earth Dwellers chronicles the final battle for control of the surface. It’s about more than control, though, the Earth Dwellers don’t want to share and plan to annihilate any who are living above ground.
I was very glad that David Estes once again provided a slang term guide at the beginning of the book with all the different “regions'” special words and definitions. His usage of these terms is not wholly unique, but adds a specialness and intimateness to the worlds he is creating. I absolutely love the Fire Country’s curse words and like it when an author thinks of unique curse words that are inoffensive to our modern real world.
I was not as pleased with this final book as I was with any of the Country Saga Books or the first Dweller Saga book. This final book of both series fell short of the excitement in the other books as it was trying to bring together so many characters and so many stories, but focused mainly on the original storyline with Adele of the Moon Realm and Dweller Saga Series. Main characters from other stories, such as Water & Storm Country didn’t get as much time and weren’t even present for the entire final battle!
I did not like Perry and was exasperated with how much appearance he made in this final book and in the Fire country book.
I still enjoyed how David Estes told the story from many perspectives and appreciated it much more in this book as many people from many places were coming together.
Not only was there resolution of the old stories from the other books, but Estes gave us a new story and new characters: The Earth Dwellers.
I love the realness that makes it into this series. We meet narcissists and misogynists. Characters die just like real people do in real warfare. Drug addiction is shown and depicted as a weak path to choose as a coping mechanism. These are realities that some kids have to face on a daily basis and this series consistently shows characters pulling through and learning to live through tragedy by stepping up and taking control of their lives. I love these harsh real-world elements popping up into the story - that makes it easier for younger readers in similar situations to relate to the characters.
Like any series, there was a moment of sadness to see both sagas reach the end because I did become attached to certain characters (Adele). I look forward to reading Estes' future works - he has some interesting ideas and he grows as a writer between these older sagas and his newer series. It will be interesting to see where he is ten-years from now because I fully expect him to continue developing and expanding his abilities as a writer.