Review: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

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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?

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My Review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

When I read the description of There Once Were Stars, I knew I needed this book in my life. There Once Were Stars tells the story of Natalia, who lives in a domed city that the government set up after war ravaged the planet and left the air too toxic to breathe. Life inside the dome was very interesting to me, and I like seeing how the community was seemingly perfect, at least to the average citizens.

When Natalia spots a guy on the other side of the dome’s glass wall, everything quickly goes to crap. If people can survive outside of the dome, then what else is their government keeping from them? Natalia is hired to work a research job like her mother did before she died, and here she meets new friends, some enemies, and she learns more about her mother’s past and explorations outside the dome. You’re never sure who is working with Natalia and who is working against her.

This book has romance, intrigue, and best friends turned enemies. Natalia works to unravel the secrets of the past, the present and her future all while trying to figure out who to trust. While the book worked well as a standalone, I’m really hoping there’s a second book in the works because this was a dystopian I couldn’t put down and the characters really grew on me.
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3 Comments

  1. Great review, Cheyanne! This sounds like a great read and very well written, too! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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  2. melaniemcfarlanebooks

    Thank you Cheyanne! The sequel is scheduled for 2017. Watch for HERE SKIES SURROUND US 💙💙💙

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    1. Cheyanne

      WOOHOO! I’m excited! Such a great title, too!

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