Friday, August 12, 2016

Book Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

There Once Were Stars, by Melanie McFarlane
2016, 331p, Clean YA Dystopia
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy via eBooks for Review for an honest review

Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of her dome. Now Nat wants answers. What else might her government be hiding from the good and loyal people of Dome 1618?

Natalia lives with her grandparents in a dome which keeps them safe from the radiation in the air outside the dome. Her parents were scientists who died from radiation when she was 9 years old. She's now 18 years old and trying to figure out where she fits in. She sees a stranger outside her dome one day and that starts her on a quest to find answers to what the Director might be hiding.

I love dystopia and the world that Ms. McFarlane created! I was hooked from the start and wanted answers, too. Nat's world gets turned upside down early on and there are plenty of secrets for her to uncover. She makes some new friends along the way and has to figure out the status of her relationship with her childhood friends and where they fit into the picture. She didn't have a good relationship with her grandmother but was close to her grandfather. There were some characters that gave me the creeps and others that were fun to get to know.

It was hard to tell from the ending if there will be more to the story. I hope so because I would love to read more! If you love to read clean YA dystopia, this is a book you will definitely want to pick up!

Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.


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