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There Once Were Stars (Dome 1618) Paperback – April 26, 2016
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Gr 8 Up-"It doesn't matter how many birthday wishes are made; I always wake up trapped inside the dome." Natalia Greyes has graduated, and according to dome law and her prickly grandmother, "Your time to contribute to the dome begins today," on her 18th birthday. Dome 1618 was created for the safety of the people after the "cleansing wars" made death by radiation a real threat. The Dome's motto, "Peace, Love, Order, Dome," doesn't sit well with Natalia after she witnesses the capture of an "Outsider" and swears the other man who got away was her Uncle Alec, a man who died with her mother and father nine years ago after an excursion to the outside went terribly wrong. It doesn't help matters that this Outsider is handsome and arrogant and has answers to many of the questions she has about the outside. Natalia questions everyone, even some of her closest friends and family. Her strength rivals Katniss's and Tris's, and the title has a similar dystopian backdrop. The ending leaves the possibility of another hit trilogy in the works. VERDICT A well-written and action-packed dystopian novel to add to an already growing genre; a must-read for fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner and Veronica Roth's Divergent.-Meghan Oppelt, Whitehall School District, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it's uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her upcoming YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.
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When Natalia spots a guy on the other side of the dome's glass wall, everything quickly goes to crap. If people can survive outside of the dome, then what else is their government keeping from them? Natalia is hired to work a research job like her mother did before she died, and here she meets new friends, some enemies, and she learns more about her mother's past and explorations outside the dome. You're never sure who is working with Natalia and who is working against her.
This book has romance, intrigue, and best friends turned enemies. Natalia works to unravel the secrets of the past, the present and her future all while trying to figure out who to trust. While the book worked well as a standalone, I'm really hoping there's a second book in the works because this was a dystopian I couldn't put down and the characters really grew on me.
People have been living under domed cities for generations to keep them safe from the radiation outside. Natalia Greyes's life inside Dome 1618 is going along more or less smoothly when she sees two people outside of the dome who aren't wearing protective gear. Is it finally safe to live outside the dome? Nat is ready for some answers.
This book moved along at a quick pace as Nat gets involved in the political machinery of the Axis, the governmental body of the dome. I enjoyed the world building and the book's premise, and the mysterious aspects of all the unanswered questions. And, of course, I loved the romance. :D Good read!
There Once Were Stars is like most dystopians in that it has an overbearing government system... but that is where the similarities end. There is a dash of political intrigue, a smidgen of a class system, an infection and a cleansing war, and so many more ingredients that add up to a recipe for an awesome book. This was definitely a refreshing take on the dystopian genre since the last two that I've read (Divergent and The Maze Runner) just kind of fell flat for me.
This book had me hooked from the very beginning with its intense, on-your-toes world building. As the reader you are thrust into the world knowing only what Natalia tells you. There is a dome over her head, there is an order to keep the peace, and no one should be able to survive outside the dome. Well, one of these things is not like the other, and we quickly learn that nothing in this world is as they say it is and Natalia is one curious girl. Thrust into a job that she doesn't want in the government building she has never been in, Nat is starting to learn that everything isn't what it seems.
Now, let's talk characters. Nat is so headstrong and feisty but she also has a lot of internal struggling going on with coming to terms with each new bit of information she is given. Her perspective is really fun to read from because of her sass but also you really feel like you are a part of her and her decisions. Nat has a very interesting support system with her Grandparents, her Grandmother seems burdened but her Grandfather takes everything in stride. Evan, Jak, and Xara are also really great characters and they each add so much to the story. They are all just so loveable and made the book that much more fun to read. I really appreciate how the romance in handled in this story as well, it doesn't overpower the dystopian DNA of the book and Nat actually responds the way a normal human would. No weird insta-love here.
Melanie does a great job building up the world in a way that keeps you from guessing what direction this book will take because there are so many ways it could go. Little by little, one discovery leads to another and Nat finds herself in the middle of something HUGE! Could there be life outside their Dome? Is the radiation gone? What really happened to the last expedition team? You have to read to find out!
I am such a huge fan of this book and I just can't wait to read more from Melanie! I hope everyone will give this book a try and go order it now!
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I really liked this book. Its a very nice story. Made me roll my eyes occasionaly but i enjoyed the reading.Read more
There Once Were Stars, is a dystopian fiction novel set in the future after a...Read more