Hello, Kind Friends! Today I’m bringing to you a book review video from the LovingDemBooks BookTubeTour group. This month I’m featuring There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane and it’s one of my favorite reads so far this year. I’m sure you all will love it!
Here is the book synopsis:
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?
My book review for this published works from Month 9 Books:
The mystery of this dystopian dome landscape made me want to keep turning the page as there were so many small mysteries hidden in each chapter that I had to unravel. The main character, Nat, was fun to follow and I enjoyed her rapport with the other characters and her two potential love interests. I could see myself making similar choices to her if I were in this type of community landscape. Evan, the boy that came into the dome from the outside (supposedly radioactive) world, had a mysterious intrigue about him that I enjoyed to follow. But towards the end, I felt his arch was a little rushed.
His turnaround towards the end of the book didn’t spoil things too much. However, I was disappointed to find that this book wasn’t a series (at least as far as I am aware) because the content read as if there was much more to the whole scenario that would take longer than one book to uncover. So by the time the ending was being set up, it felt rushed. This is the only reason why this book didn’t get five stars, instead earning a four star rating from me on Goodreads.
It was so enjoyable, that there honestly felt like there should be more to it.
Overall, this book made me excited to read more from Melanie McFarlane. Her writing style suited my reading style, providing a book that was detailed but not bogged down. I can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve.
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