Don’t let the cover deceive you, There once were stars is one very thrilling, page-turning science-fiction read, that had me up until the early hours of the morning!





There once were stars

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?



This book was a perfect read in its’ genre, a true gem that needs to be discovered. I had just finished reading an exceptionally gruesome, tedious book, and needed a good, fast-paced, intriguing read, and boy did this one deliver.

Nat is a fun character, one who has gone through the hardship of losing her parents, and not having all her questions concerning their death fully answered. She was raised by a loving grandfather and a grandmother who treated her rather harshly and kept her at arm’s length.

To deal with her loss and her loneliness she has always found comfort in the forest, gazing out into the vast plains outside the dome. That is until she happens to see someone outside the dome one day, and this bring her whole world to an abrupt change.

No one could possibly be alive outside, yet she saw it with her own eyes.

Now she is being transferred into the science program, and going on expeditions outside the dome, alongside the stranger that came from outside the dome. She soon learns that all she has been told about her parents, the radiation, and many more things isn’t true, and the truths she uncovers might cost her dearly.

This was a book that kept me up way too long, turning pages at top speed, trying to uncover the next twist and turn in the plot. Nat and Evan are perfect leads in this suspenseful read. They had fantastic chemistry, there was a great build up to their romance, and the whole story was delivered in a very believable, enjoyable and captivating way. I have read over 50 books this year, but this will definitely go down as one of my favorite in this genre. This would make a wonderful adaptation to the big screen, and is a thrilling read for any reader, you don’t have to be such a big fan of this genre to appreciate this real beauty!


About the Author

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 and orcs 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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