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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?
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: