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review 2017-04-02 18:15
The Earth Dwellers (The Dwellers Saga) - David Estes

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Another One Bites The Dust by Queen  --Another series finished, I'm seriously on a roll with finishing series lately…so this song is for all of the series that I've conquered lately…also…because David Estes is not afraid to kill off key people and he literally slayed me with some throughout the series, especially one in particular from this very book…♫

Overall Rating:  4.8/5 Stars (Grade=A)

 

Book Title:  Earth Dwellers

Author:  David Estes

Series:  Book #7 of the combined Dwellers and Country Sagas

Genre:  YA, Dystopian

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

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My Thoughts

 

Can you imagine people living underground?  Like way underground…so far down, it takes a half hour to get to the surface.

Imagine a fake sun, a fake horizon, a fake moon, even fake stars…and then imagine never knowing anything different. 

 

It's crazy to think about…the premise of this series is an intricately woven one.  7 books in total 3 from Dwellers saga, and 3 from the Country saga, all culminating in one final book…Earth Dwellers.  All the players (at least the ones he hasn't killed off) are here, but the book pov switches between only 4 of the main characters from other books: Sienna, Dazz, Adele and Tristan…even Perry makes an appearance.  Overall, a gripping, yet sweetly pleasing end to this total series.  There's so much more he (David Estes) could do with this world, though.  Oh…the possibilities…

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4.5/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme:  5/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Ending:  4.8/5 Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from David Estes?  Why yes, I would…

 

 

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review 2017-02-09 21:44
Audio/Book Review of Fire Country (The Country Saga Book 1) by David Estes
Fire Country - David Estes

In a changed world where the sky bleeds red, winter is hotter than hell and full of sandstorms, and summer's even hotter with raging fires that roam the desert-like country, the Heaters manage to survive, barely.

 

Due to toxic air, life expectancies are so low the only way the tribe can survive is by forcing women to procreate when they turn sixteen and every three years thereafter. It is their duty as Bearers.

 

Fifteen-year-old Siena is a Youngling, soon to be a Bearer, when she starts hearing rumors of another tribe of all women, called the Wild Ones. They are known to kidnap Youngling girls before the Call, the ceremony in which Bearers are given a husband with whom to bear children with.

 

As the desert sands run out on her life's hourglass, Siena must uncover the truth about the Wild Ones while untangling the web of lies and deceit her father has masterfully spun.

 

Review 6*

 

I originally received a copy of this book in 2013 from the author in return for an honest review, which I duly posted. However, I am now editing my review to incorporate listening to it in audiobook format, which I purchased through Audible UK.

 

This audiobook is narrated by Khristine Hvam. I must admit that when I heard her narration I thought to myself, 'This doesn't sound like the Siena in my head as I pictured her.' However, as I listened to her speak, I realised that her voice is perfect for Siena's character. She brings a charm and warmth to the story. She also gives each character their own voice and accent, which brings them to life. Her diction is clear and precise and easy to listen to. I would definitely consider listening to more books narrated by her.

 

My original review:

 

OMG! This is a fantastically brutal dystopian novel. I LOVED IT!

 

Siena is a fantastic character! She is a young lady that I greatly admire. Her determination, independence and grit astounded me. As her sixteenth birthday looms, she has to make a decision that will change her life.

 

As I started reading this book, I was completely pulled in to a world that has been devastated by a disaster of biblical proportions. The Heaters are a tribe living in the most unforgiving conditions I have ever encountered in the pages of a book, but somehow, they manage to survive. Raging sandstorms, fires and unrelenting heat would sap the energy out of anyone, but these people have gained my respect with their ingenuity and sheer determination. I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat more than once, as the story unraveled. I also found myself on a rollercoaster of swinging emotions; from disbelief, anger, sadness, happiness, disgust, joy, a few other mixed ones and back again! However, it is their laws that I found myself railing against. The one where they have to force girls of sixteen to procreate for their survival. I can understand the need to survive as a tribe, but it's the way they go about it that made my stomach clench! I wanted to shout "perverts", but as they are fictional characters, they wouldn't hear me! However, there are some really likable characters that redeemed the tribe in my eyes. These are Siena's friends: Circ and Veena. Circ is one of her closest friends and a wonderful character. He is a Hunter and the same age as Siena. Veena is a year older than Siena, and has already had a baby. Her attempts to get her no-good Call (mate) to take care of the baby made me giggle! This book is peppered with a whole slew of tribal slang, but it reminded me of some words I could picture the Australians saying (no offence to the Australians, I love their slang!). There are also a fair few twists and turns in this book that kept me hooked from the first page to the last! I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

 

David Estes has written a fantastic dystopian novel that has turned me into a huge fan! I love his writing style, which is fast paced and extremely fluid! His characters came alive, and the descriptions of the environs left me breathless! I am looking forward to reading more of his books in the future.

 

I highly recommend this book if you love YA or Dystopian genres. - Lynn Worton

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review 2016-07-15 03:38
Imaginative and entertaining
The Moon Dwellers - David Estes

I want to read more of this author

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review 2016-06-24 20:26
Occasionally this was to outlandish to be attainable...
Strings - David Estes

Book Title:  Strings

Author:  David Estes

Narration:  Kate Rudd

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, YA 

Source:  **I Received an audible version in exchange for an honest review*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Our strings tie us down, restrict us, force us to live a life we never wanted, a life we think we have to live, one we never chose for ourselves. But all strings, whether invisible or as clear as the tumbling spill of a waterfall, can be cut.”

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3/5

Characters:  2/5

The Feels:  3/5

Theme:  3/5

Flow:  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 3/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  No

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Despite not really liking this, I will read more by him, because all the other books that I've read by him; I have liked. (It's entirely possible my rating of a 3 is because of this, otherwise it would be more like a 2.5).

 

 

3/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Loosely based on Pinocchio, this is a dark, futuristic (I think, actually it's hard to pinpoint) take on the classic tale.  My last fairytale retelling was a hit and so I really thought I would like this but it really fell flat for me. 

 

While, ultimately, it has a profound message to impart, I was unable to connect with the characters and their darkly told and sad story.  I'm not sure if it was the narration, but I believe it's at least partially to blame.  I've loved some of David Estes' other works, namely the Dwellers and Country Saga's.  Maybe…it's the humor that is so prevalant in them, and is decidedly missing from Strings that has made it so I couldn’t really connect with this story. 

 

Sex Factor:  None, very clean actually.

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review 2016-02-19 21:40
The Moon Dwellers
The Moon Dwellers - David Estes

DNF @ 16%.

 

Four days in and I've only read 16%? That just shows how not into the story I am. If I was I'd have finished it by now. Maybe even managed to read two books.

 

I struggled from the start, I didn't gel with the style or the storyline and the changing of viewpoint from one chapter to the next just annoyed me.

 

It might just be that I wasn't in the mood for a dystopian story or I just might not like it at all. Either way I wont be coming back to it.

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