Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

Read:  August 8th - 10th, 2016

Type:  Kindle (ARC)

Source:  I received a copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.

Rating (out of five stars):

Where to find the author:  Website | Goodreads

Where to find this book:  Goodreads | Amazon

From Goodreads:  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? 

There Once Were Stars is a YA dystopian about Natalia and her life in Dome 1618 as she tries to discover the truth about what she's been told by the government all her life.  The residents of the Dome are not allowed outside due to the radiation, but after falling asleep near the edge of the Dome (approaching the walls of the Dome is also forbidden), she wakes up to find someone on the outside looking in at her.  That should be impossible since the radiation should have killed all of the people outside, and she no longer knows what to believe.

I was intrigued by the blurb, and excited about reading There Once Were Stars, but I ended up struggling through it.  The characters needed a little more development, and the writing was a little choppy, but it had an interesting plot.  Unfortunately, I don't believe I was the target audience for this one.  Admittedly, I'm not a fan of zombies, and I didn't realize before I started reading that this book involves "Infected" people.  If you enjoy YA dystopians with a little sci-fi mixed in, especially those dealing with a zombie-like virus infecting everyone, give it a try.

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