The Sun Dwellers: A SciFi Dystopian Thriller (The Dwellers Saga Book 3) Kindle Edition
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I really love how David Estes didn't hold back on giving his characters a hard time. That sounds really terrible but hear me out for a second. It's one thing to make characters really kickass so they'll survive anything but it's another to give them tasks that are so hard you'll wonder for a split second if they'll all come out alive in the end. The Sun Dwellers had its fair share of violence and action similar to the previous books but this time around it's even more terrifying. Adele and the gand are given the toughest mission of all. It was a long and excruciating journey going to the Sun Realm. They had to fight off a lot of Nailin's men and deal with the exhaustion and emotional pain that came after. There were plenty of action packed scenes that had me both tensed and excited. After reading The Star Dwellers, I came to know that anything, absolutely anything, can happen in David Estes' books. His creativity and boldness really livens up the story.
Seeing their group work together and fight harder in this book was amazing. They're so much stronger here than they were before. Comparing them to how they were in the first book, I can't help but feel a sense of pride for them. It's like I got attached to all the characters, even the fairly new ones, along the way. Estes' character building was even better in this book. They really transformed throughout the series! Especially Adele. She was still the same kickass girl she was in the first book but somehow having Tristan around her so much softened her up a bit, but totally in a good way!
Can we just discuss the romance for a bit? Estes put a twist into their little romance and it was... unexpected and unique! At first I wasn't so sure how I'd feel about it. It sounded so crazy but when I thought about it, they're deep underground for crying out loud. Anything can happen in this series. So yeah, I definitely loved seeing Adele and Tristan spend more time and develop despite everything that's happening around them. It wasn't fluffy romance that was out of place. Not at all! It was just right to give me feels and not disrupt the story's progress.
The world building in this one was equally good. The way the Sun Realm was described sort of reminded me of The Capitol in The Hunger Games only less creepy. It was okay though because I enjoyed how they tried to blend in the festivities and how they figured out ways to travel faster. Plus it was a good break from all the fighting and drama. I especially liked that part where Adele and Tawni were trying to dress themselves in Sun Realm fashion. They were so out of it that it was funny! It also showed just how different and deprived the other realms were from the Sun Realm, which I think was a nice touch to the story.
The climax was nerve wracking. This is one of the parts where Estes really went for it. Every chapter was thrilling in both Adele's and Tristan's perspectives. You just don't know what would happen next! Everyone definitely had a role to play in the ending. Mild spoiler alert! Someone will step up. It's a big shocker ;)
I was more than satisfied with how this story turned out. It had all the elements that makes a great Young Adult dystopia book. Detailed actions scenes, colorful world building, and a unique story line. You wouldn't be able to stop reading, that's for sure... which is great! Because The Dwellers Saga culminates in the fourth book, The Earth Dwellers which also happens to be The Country Saga's ending. Basically, David Estes takes two separate stories and creates a mash of dystopia awesomeness! I've read Fire Country and it's also good. I can't wait to finish both series. I bet it'll be one mind blowing experience.
#1 - The second book in The Dwellers saga, The Star Dwellers, ended with the Tri-Realms on the brink of war.
I thought I'd see more of that war in The Sun Dwellers, but the main characters are more like a special reconnaissance team that leaves the battle field to sneak behind enemy lines. We finally see the Sun Realm in all its superficial glory and, with the exception of missing soldiers off fighting, the war barely touches the people who live there.
So, I was surprised by the pacing and tone of this book.
In my review of The Star Dwellers, I mentioned that readers see implications of advanced technology but it's always hidden from sight (of both the readers and the main characters). A little more technology pokes out from the walls of the Sun Realm and we finally find out how it affects our main characters, Tristan and Adele.
#2 - This is technically the third-book in what is a seven-part series, if you count the sister series, The Country saga, which should be read before continuing with the next book in The Dwellers saga (The Earth Dwellers).
I thought I'd meet more characters while more sub-plots were braided together. Because there's still another book, way out there in the distance beyond the next saga. Instead, this book is the opposite, more like the final book in a trilogy with most of the loose ends tied off and only a few dangling threads left to be woven into this distant fourth book. Now I expect that the folks of the Country Saga will meet up with the folks of The Dweller saga in the fourth book, The Earth Dwellers, which will complete both sagas.
It is this injustice that Adele and the lower Tri-Realms are fighting against. The Sun Dwellers picks up where the Star Dwellers left off and it is the second to last book in this series, but by no means is it the final book in the world of Adele, her friends, and her fellow Dwellers.
Adele’s mission in Sun Dwellers is to assassinate President Nailin. The assassination attempt isn’t all that is going on in this book, though, it is full of secrets revealed and fights and strength to the end. The romance that began in Moon Dwellers, blossomed in Star Dwellers, will be put to the test in Sun Dwellers.
It seems like a lot of what happens in the Dweller Saga is travel. Adele and her trusty companions are constantly on the move, using stealth and secrecy to accomplish their goals. The Sun Dwellers takes place mostly in the Sun Realm and mostly out of sight of any main pathways. It also takes place within only several days, but there is no want for action and adventure and emotion.
I love the tension present in this book between Adele and Tristan. Their relationship was really put through a loop with some secrets revealed and discovered. Why were they so instantly attracted to each other to begin with? Estes gives us more insight into this answer and more. Adele and Tristan each go through heartache as they come to terms with the answers they discover and their feelings for each other. It is both heartbreaking and exhilarating to watch them in their relationship.
If you like a story full of suspense and secrets, action and adventure, love and emotion, then go no further and grab the Dweller Saga by David Estes because they are excellent.