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There Once Were Stars—Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

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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Review:

I have always been intrigued by the idea that there might come a day when the world is so contaminated or messed up that people would have to live inside of a protective dome. The idea isn’t that new—there have been a few television shows that have definitely featured this concept. But I have never read a book about it, and this was a unique experience for me.

Nat has always lived her life inside of Dome 1618. It’s all she’s ever known, and she is okay with that. Nat’s parents were both scientists whose job it was to go on expeditions outside of the dome to see if it might one day be safe for the inhabitants of the dome to venture out and start to rebuild civilization on the outside again. One day, Nat sees someone standing outside of her dome without any protective gear on. He is captured by those in charge of Dome 1618 and brought in for questioning.

Nat learns that everything is not all as it seems within her dome. Secrets are everywhere and Nat might hold some of the most important secrets of all. She struggles with the decision of who she should trust and what the consequences of her actions might be.

I love how this book kept me begging for more! It was almost impossible for me to put it down, much to my professor’s dismay… whoops! I really enjoyed There Once Were Stars, and it was a relatively quick read for me.

I give There Once Were Stars 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from any of the following retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

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Legacy – Blog Tour and Book Review

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Summary:

How do you want to feel today?

In 2041, the choice is yours.

San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

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I love dystopian novels so much. There’s something about the world as we know it being gone that is simultaneously exhilarating and terrifying. I would love to see the world change in some ways; who wouldn’t? But what if those changes set in motion something that was irreparable? I get the chills just thinking about it.

This book was such a fast read for me. I just couldn’t put it down! Everything from the setting to the plot to the characters had me hooked from the first page. As someone who lives in San Francisco, reading books that are set in my city always excite me. It’s interesting to see what SF looks like in someone else’s eyes.

The whole “take a pill and change your emotions” thing was very intriguing to me. At first, it seems like a great idea. Goodbye PTSD, just take a pill and it’s gone. Bye bye depression, another pill and you’re gone too. Who wouldn’t want such a simple fix to their problems? But then once the dark truth about these pills is discovered, some people don’t feel as positive about the pills as they once did.

In the ever-growing collection of dystopian books, I felt that this book was original and unique, which I loved. I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands onto the next book in the series.

I give Legacy 4/5 stars. You can purchase it from Amazon by clicking on the book’s cover image below:

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