There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlaneTitle: There Once Were Stars
Series: Dome 1618 #1
Author: Melanie McFarlane
Publisher: Month9Books
Genres: Sci-Fi, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (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?


❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

REVIEW: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane is a book unlike anything I’ve ever read! This book has a creative science fiction concept and is set in a world kept inside of a dome. The main character is very likeable and intelligent, making this book even better than it already is!

❀ An incredible concept

There Once Were Stars is a sci-fi that has such an incredible concept. Basically, there is a society inside a dome, shielded from the outside world. There’s so many elements in the book that make it a good sci-fi, such as the scientist main characters, a virus, and a secretive government. This was my first dystopian/sci-fi in a while, so I’m glad that it was so well done.

❀ Amazing Setting

The setting in There Once Were Stars is so amazing! As I mentioned before, the book is set in a dome to be protected from the outside world where there is radiation. The way that the world is constructed honestly blew me away. Everything from a single tree that has a hollowed out hole that the government forgot to cut down to a massive building where scientists live and work. I could actually see the world of Dome 1618 when I was reading. The descriptions of the world are just that vivid

❀ Intelligent Main Character

The main character in There Once Were Stars, Nat, is very intelligent. She is literally a scientist, which proves how smart she is. Nat is also brave and not afraid to stand up to the government. She contradicts them by not agreeing with their rules and is willing to go out into the outside world to see things for herself. I just found Nat to be really likeable.

❀ Perfect for Sci-Fi Fans

There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane is a sci-fi with a one-of-a-kind setting inside a dome. The main character is clever and brave and an actual scientist. Fans of books like The Giver will definitely enjoy this book.

About Melanie McFarlane

Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies from time to time, Melanie focuses her powers on writing young adult stories to keep the rest of the world up reading all night.

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