There Once Were Stars
by Melanie McFarlane
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
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 the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?
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There Once Were Stars is a young adult dystopian novel which takes place in a time after a virus outbreak around the world. In order for those that were immune to survive domes are built for those remaining to live in that were indestructible enough to survive bombing outside of the domes to rid the world of those infected and the virus.
Natalia Greyes is turning eighteen and resident of Dome 1618, her parents were scientists studying the environment to see if or when it would be inhabitable again outside the dome. When Nat was a child her parents had gone outside the dome on a mission only to not return and the family told they had died of radiation poisoning.
Nearly a decade after losing her parents Nat still continues the habit of breaking the rules to visit the outer edge of the dome at a clearing she’d stumbled upon after their death. One day she spots two strangers outside the dome only the are not wearing any protection and seem to be virus free. Immediately the Order, the government agency in charge of the dome, seizes one of the men before he can run away. With this new development Nat begins to questions everything she’s ever known about dome life and the death of her parents.
I’m always a fan of a good dystopian read and fortunately I found one in There Once Were Stars. The story was engaging with great world building so that I never had to question how or why these characters got to be living in this environment or what had happened to the world. And again, things were completely logical in how they came about and what was happening in their world to bring this story about.
The characters were likable in the story with Nat being a bit on the naive side having spent her life in this sheltered world which fit her character but she had a strong questioning personality to see through the problems and lies that were given to the world which had me a fan from early on.
The story has a lot of different elements to it to be solved also which made it a very fast paced and entertaining read. The Order that runs the dome along with the leader has very strict rules and setting for the residents which leads to a lot of questions to be answered. The outsiders also have their own tale to tell, how have they been surviving plus a link to Nat and her past with her parents deaths.
Overall, would recommend checking this one out if a fan of young adult dystopian. Well written, engaging and entertaining read that I enjoyed.
I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My rating: 4/5 stars
About the author:
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 has focused her powers on her upcoming YA trilogy: THERE ONCE WERE STARS and her YA urban fantasy series: SUMMONER RISING.
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