The Star Dwellers [NOOK Book]

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After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the ...
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Overview

After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.

Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.

Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?

Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?

Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?

In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015632415
  • Publisher: David Estes
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Series: The Dwellers Saga , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 34,111
  • File size: 234 KB

Meet the Author

David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. He grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010. David is a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.
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  • Posted February 3, 2013

    David Estes The Star Dwellers #2 The Dwellers Saga This story

    David Estes
    The Star Dwellers
    #2 The Dwellers Saga

    This story is just getting better and better. I was completely hooked by the end of book 1, The Moon Dwellers, and was happy to jump into this book to continue their struggles. The author has managed to write parallel character storylines flawlessly, giving the reader a full perspective of both groups as they go through their own individual battles. Incredibly well written, my imagination had to do little work to picture the story and found myself completely absorbed from start to end.

    Anyone that loves dystopian type books will love this saga, along with almost anyone else who appreciates good writing.

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    Another great book in The Dwellers series! The Star Dwellers l



    Another great book in The Dwellers series! The Star Dwellers left me wanting more of this world and the characters I've come to know and love! From the beginning I was gripped by scene after scene of drama and uncertainty of whether the heroes would make it. And the twists and turns blew my mind as they unraveled bit by bit! I love the relationships between Tristan and Roc, Adele and Tawni, Tristan and Adele, Roc and Esley, and on and on... Thank you, David, for giving me a glimpse of the next book which starts off by revealing one of the biggest secrets yet. Now I'm chomping at the bit to read The Sun Dwellers! I'm really enjoying this series!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    The Star Dwellers by David Estes is the second book in The Dwell

    The Star Dwellers by David Estes is the second book in The Dwellers series and like the Moon Dwellers this book does not disappoint. It is a wonderfully written book full of likeable characters, tons of action, mystery & suspense, heartwrenching scenes and a little romance.

    With the help of Tristan and Roc, Adele has found her father and sister and has set off with her new friend Tawni to find her mother. Her heart breaks leaving the family and blossoming attraction to Tristan behind but she must make the long, difficult, danger filled journey if she hopes to have a chance at being reunited with them.
    Will Adele overcome the many obstacles she faces along the way? Will Tristan be able to convince others of his conviction to destroy his father and help him fight alongside the resistance? Read this exciting book to find out!!

    I highly recommend this dystopian series to anyone who likes a fast paced read that you won't want to put down. I'm off to read book three in the series - The Sun Dwellers!!


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  • Posted December 17, 2012

    Estes┬┐ work The Star Dwellers is no less captivating that the fi

    Estes’ work The Star Dwellers is no less captivating that the first book in the series. The pages are so full of flowing descriptions that they cannot help to bring the pages to life. As a reader I spent page after page with my fingers crossed, hoping for the best while expecting the worst. With the numerous twists and turns found at every corner I found myself gasping out loud at the unexpected turns of events. There are moments of utter sorrow that you don’t know how to rise above, through which the characters continue to fight leading to heartfelt reunions and heartwarming moments, and let’s not forget the laughs along the way.
    The characters become more developed within this novel, literally jumping from the page to read with you. Unexpected layers appear within the personalities of individuals. They fight against all odds for what they believe in, pitting themselves against the world in which they live while attempting to bring about change and overcome the oppression of the upper class. The physical separation of the classes (by rock and by distance) within this post-apocalyptic society makes the different struggles that they face even more apparent and gripping. It also plays out within the minds of each of the characters. The characters are fighting their inner demons and personal turmoil. They become more real by the word. They are also forced to make heart wrenching decisions based on what is best for the greater good. Because of this, our star-crossed lovers spend a great deal of time apart (causing me to yet again cross my fingers, wishing them back together).
    I fully recommend this work to anyone who wishes to read something captivating that causes you to think outside the box. Estes has a way of bringing the reader within the pages of his work with page one and keeping you there until the final sentence. One word of warning however.... If you don’t like cliff-hangers, be sure to pick up the next book in the series before you hit the last page.

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  • Posted September 30, 2012

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    Fantastic, get lost in Tristan & Adeles' adventure

    I loved the Moon Dwellers and loved it. I devoured this book! It's packed full of action, love and emotion. This is also a great nook for teens

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2014

    Continues the world on the underground Dwellers. Well-developed

    Continues the world on the underground Dwellers. Well-developed and continues to capture my attention.

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  • Posted May 25, 2014

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    This is a well written, easy read. The Star Dwellers pick up whe

    This is a well written, easy read. The Star Dwellers pick up where The Moon Dwellers left off. The story just keeps getting better.  This series has exceeded my expectations. Dystopian is not typically the type of story I read but I was immediately drawn in by the first book. The condition the people live in is intolerable, they have no quality of life. There are many plot twists and not everything is as it seems. The characters are remarkable and I feel as if I have made some new friends. Their emotions are authentic and they seem very genuine. This book has love, mystery, excitement, violence, rebellion - what more could I ask for from a book?  Love this series!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Captivating

    I was hooked all the way through the last page

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    This book was fantastic. Look, it's not often that you get a new

    This book was fantastic. Look, it's not often that you get a new series, where book 1 is so good, that you can't possibly expect book 2 to meet those expectations. I am dumbfounded at how well this author writes. He blows my mind! And yes, I know how much we've all thought of Hunger Games when referring to this series, except I think it's better, but it's also different. Yes, it's the same dystopian feel, but the characters are not the same. I love Adele, ummm, Katniss I had some trouble. Plus, there's isn't really a love triangle to compare to. So, now on to details LOL 




    The story is fast paced, full of page turning action! Tristan and Adela are back, and now there on a new mission. They are truly out to save everyone! And now after a wonderful reunion, everyone is split up again. I am so happy that things, even if they are separated, are getting a little close to a almost HEA for Tristan and Adele. I am saying every prayer in the book for them to get that HEA! I also don't know how one person can write words to make me cry so much! I am always so damn emotions for Mr. Estes's writing. And even though it's all about Tristan and Adele, there are some of the greatest side kicks! The secondary characters of this series are just magnificent. That's a hard thing to do, keep your main characters great, and have your secondary characters be the perfect back up. 




    The world building is amazing. I know there was world building in the first book, but now, we're going to a new place, and that place is exceptionally well described. I am still learning things about how this world works, and it's only adding to my interest. 




    I really don't know how to say too many details without literally spoiling things for you. Just know that this book one is amazing, book two quickly became magnificent, and you are missing out if you aren't reading this series. Really missing out. I NEED more more more! Gimme Gimme!!! So well done! 5 AMAZING PHENOMENAL DYSTOPIAN PAWS!!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    Great

    This book kept me interested the whole time

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    I give this book 4.5 stars!!! This book needs little introducti

    I give this book 4.5 stars!!!

    This book needs little introduction for anyone who has read The Moon Dwellers as I had to buy The Star Dwellers immediately!!!

    Yet again David Estes provides the WOW factor in the second part of his exciting story of the Tri-Realms. I loved it!
    After reading The Moon Dwellers I had to buy The Star Dwellers to find out what happens next and I’m so glad I did. All the action, suspense and drama from TMD continues as Adele and Tristan start their mission to reunite the Moon and Star Realms with the help of Adele’s kick ass parents who are part of the resistance. 
    I love the way David portrays the individual relationships between his characters, their bonds of friendship and family made me feel quite emotional towards them. TMD had me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath and crying like a baby and once again David managed to make me feel all the same emotions which add to the excitement of this fast paced, page turning story. 
    I was blown away by his writing in the first book and his second is just as enchanting. I particularly like the fact that David isn’t afraid to kill off strong characters even though he again killed off one of my favourites.

    I would definitely recommend this book to others and can’t wait to read The Sun Dwellers which I have just bought :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    I'm a huge David Estes fan, so this may be biased...but I LOVED

    I'm a huge David Estes fan, so this may be biased...but I LOVED this book! This is the second book in the Dwellers series, a dystopian series where humanity has retreated underground for survival. We left off in Moon Dwellers with the Star Dwellers invading and bombing the Moon Dwellers, Adele heading off to try and rescue her mom, and Tristan teaming up with Adele's dad, Ben, to try and unite the Moon and Star Dwellers against their common enemy, Tristan's dad.




    Things pick up right where we left off, with everyone still running and trying to survive. Now everyone has a purpose, which makes things all the more fun! The world building continues to amaze me. Everything is so descriptive. Its almost like watching a movie in my head!




    I never knew what was going to happen next. Between things like "Bat Flu" (Yuck!)and trains running behind hidden caves, there was always something new coming at us. There were also a couple of surprising twists that I didn't see coming, and it makes me wonder what else the author has in store for us later!




    The highlight of the book for me was Tristan and Roc's "Bromance." I just love the banter between these two, and it really helps lighten things up sometimes. I got to know Roc a lot better in this story, and I can't wait to see him become more of a hero. Adele and Tristan also had some more time together towards the end, which was great. I love the two of them together!




    Adele also learns a lot about her own family, and their part in the Resistance. Her dad, Ben, is just an amazing man. He and Tristan spend a lot of time together in the beginning of the story, and Tristan sees in him the father he never had. Its amazing how much the theme of family is carried throughout the book, and I loved it!




    You might be tired of hearing me say that, but I honestly can't think of anything in this story I didn't like. This is an amazing thing, because usually the second books in a series are my least favorite of the series. This girl can't wait to see what happens next in Sun Dwellers!

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  • Posted March 23, 2013

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    David Estes definitely delivered with the second installment of

    David Estes definitely delivered with the second installment of The Dwellers series. While I enjoyed the first book, this book blew me away. It is action-packed, full of suspense and intrigue with a kick-ass heroine and a budding romance. What is not to like about that? 




    I enjoyed seeing the continued development of Adele and Tristan. Secrets were revealed, but questions are still left unanswered that hopefully will be addressed in the final installment. I am looking forward to seeing how the story ends.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    I read this book purely because it was written by David Estes. H

    I read this book purely because it was written by David Estes. He is one of my goodreads friends, and although he is super busy, he was one of my few friends that read my budding book and gave me honest feedback, which has seriously changed the way I was going. So I have deep respect for him and the fact he is honestly a nice guy. He did this even though I wasn't that nice (I'd like to think I was just savagely honest) in a review of his book Angel Evolution. 
    Luckily, this book is not that one. Just in reading this book I can see a huge evolution in David's writing. He has been honing his craft and it shows. The writing and the plot are much more cohesive and smooth. I'm not saying it was problem free, because it isn't, but this book was a mile above the other in its execution. I gave it four stars because I truly, "really liked" it. 
    Pros: First, the world building was fantastic. This is a young adult dystopian tale that takes place under the earth's surface. An asteroid hit the planet 500 or so years ago. Planning for it, the American government had prepared a huge cavern under the ground. A lottery was held, and the remnants of the human race were saved. Over the years as government devolved and the population grew, further caverns were built deeper into the earth. The top layer are the sun dwellers; the middle layer are the moon dwellers, and at the bottom are the star dwellers. They aren't just separated by position, but also by caste. The top layer are the rich and privileged, and the others decrease as you go deeper. I found the description of this to be discussed and discovered throughout the story in a very unobtrusive way. I thought the idea was deeply original and fascinating.
    The characterization was also well done. The main characters come through quite well, you feel Adele's angst, and Tristan's anger. You feel their connections with their friends, and understand clearly their motivations.
    Cons: The more minor characters tend to be flat. Their motivations are too simple and they aren't as believable. 
    The plot is a little to contrived, as everything seems to fall neatly into place. For example, every time the characters are in danger, a convenient bomb falls to let them get them out. Unless some explanation occurs in a later book, this doesn't work well (there is something like a hint towards the end that it may be purposeful, but I can't see a reason for it in this book). Also, Tristan and Roc seem to follow Adele's trail a little to easily, always running in to her just as she needs them. It works well one time, that seems like fate, but not more than once.
    The last thing is that the instant attraction thing wasn't well explained. I have no trouble with instant attraction, because it happens. I've been drawn to people the first time I've met them; I haven't run into danger for them for no reason, but I can believe that part. What I don't understand, is the reasoning behind it. Are we going to find out why it occurred? Or is it going to be left to teenage hormones? I sure hope not.
    Finally, the big test for me is will I make the effort to read the sequel and would I recommend it? Well, even though this wasn't a book I "couldn't put down" I found it interesting enough to want to read the sequels. I do want to know if the three realms can be united and the tyrant put down. It doesn't hurt that I have deep respect for the author. 

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

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    I want to thank the author, David Estes, for providing me with a

    I want to thank the author, David Estes, for providing me with an ARC ecopy of this book to read and give an honest review. It has been a pleasure to know David and to watch his writing grow and progress! I was super excited to be able to read this book early as I really loved the first book!

    Blurb from Goodreads:
    After rescuing her father and younger sister, Adele is forced to leave her family and Tristan behind to find her mother in the cruel and dangerous realm of the star dwellers.
    Amidst blossoming feelings for Adele, Tristan must cast his feelings aside and let her find her own way amongst the star dwellers, while he accompanies Adele's father to meet with the leaders of the moon dwellers and decide the fate of the Tri-Realms.
    Will Adele be able to rescue her mother and make it back to the Moon Realm before the President and the sun dweller soldiers destroy her family?
    Can Tristan convince the moon dweller puppets of the error of their ways?
    Was Adele's lost kiss with Tristan her one and only chance at love?
    In her world there's only one rule: Someone must die

    First I must start with the cover of this book. I was so drawn to it when I first saw it. It's so simple, yet really gives you an idea of where the book is going. You don't need much to understand what the cover means, especially if you've read the first book in the series.

    I love the alternating view points in this book, as I did with the first book. I have to be honest that at times I tend to get confused when this type of writing is used, but David did such a great job of making each character so unique, you know exactly who is speaking without even having to look at the chapter titals! The characters continue to be as interesting as they were in the first book. And the characters are even more well developed with more interesting characteristics noted throughout the book.
    Adele continues to grow. You see sides of her that are new and sides that were revealed in the first book. She becomes even more strong, if that's possible, and she is totally and completely kick ass! What I really love is that, even though she is drawn to Tristan and wants to be reunited with him very badly, this is not what consumes her world. She is set on finding her mom and helping the resistance unite the lower realms. She is smart and sassy. And she is not totally trusting of everyone, although at one point her trust does get her in more trouble than she could have bargained for!
    As for Tristan, he continues to swoon over Adele. What I find interesting is, unlike other YA novels, it is the male character that is more obsessed than the female character. Tristan is constantly thinking of Adele, constantly talking about when he will be reunited with her and how she makes him feel. I find it fresh and new to see this from the male character. It is as if Adele is the "swoon worthy" character in these books.The one thing that is driving me nuts is that Tristan has something he keeps wanting to tell Adele, but we have yet to find out what that is!
    Roc continues to be one of my all time favorite characters. He's funny and witty. He's loyal and believable. Although, I do find his relationship with Tristan a little more on the femanin side, meaning I feel like it is something I would see more between two female characters as opposed to male characters. Yet, I really love that he and Tristan are so close. And you certainly find out more about Roc in this book. Things that you did not see coming that make you cringe, and things that make you happy for him.
    Tawni is an awesome best friend. She is so supportive of Adele. She stands by her throughout this book, as she did in the first book. It is like they are connected in some unspoken way.
    As for the other characters, Elsey is really cute, although I do find her way of speaking annoying. But I understand that she tries to act older than her age and was pretty much forced into being like that because of the circumstances of how they live. I love Adele's dad, Ben. I love how he's so open with Tristan and how he accepts Tristan without questioning his motives. Adele's mom, Anna, is hard to read. I am not sure where she stands. I am interested to see if we learn anything further about who she is in the next book. And the other ancillary characters, Ram, Trevor, Brody, certainly help make the story more interesting.

    As for the storyline, is is definitely all out dystopian. This book kind of reminded me of Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3). Without giving any spoilers away, let's just say that politics continue to be involved, including the president. He certainly reminds me of President Rose from The Hunger Games. I love the action of this book, it keeps you wanting to read. I really didn't want to put it down and was annoyed when I had to stop in the middle of a chapter. It took me very little time to finish this book.

    Davids writing is really quite flawless. i am completely impressed with the lack of issues in grammar and other editing faux pas I often see in books. I think I found one grammatical/spelling error throughout the entire book. I love that he is so through with this, it's a big pet peeve of mine. And David's writing flows flawlessly. There are no awkward pauses or misunderstandings in the writing. It just goes and goes and goes until you finish a chapter and want more.

    I am floored by how much I am really enjoying this series. I have to say that David has done a spectacular job in creating a world where his characters are real, his descriptions make you feel like you are in that exact place and his action scenes make you want to keep reading to find out what happens.

    4 out of 5 stars from me! Excellent job, Mr. Estes!

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