Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Here Skies Surround Us (There Once Were Stars #2) by Melanie McFarlane @McFarlaneBooks @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

Here Skies Surround Us (Dome 1618 #2)
by Melanie McFarlane
Publication Date:  November 21, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books

Nat leaves her home, Dome 168, just as they begin to colonize on the outside. She travels with Evan to his home, Dome 569, to deliver a replica of the immune serum and allow Evan to report back to his mother, Caroline. But when they arrive, members of the “New Order” take them into custody and Nat and Evan are separated, once again.

Thankfully she is reunited with her uncle, Alec, who takes Nat under his protection. But Nat has a lot to learn about Evan’s home, a progressive dome that colonized on the outside over a decade ago. There are many rules in Dome 569 put in place by Caroline; some that come with sharp and sometimes deadly consequences when broken. Here, Nat learns of the struggles that can come with change, and how tearing down the old ways doesn’t always make things better overall. In the process, she uncovers truths that could tear down the kingdom Caroline has sacrificed to protect, and in turn puts Nat at risk.

Will Nat be able to protect Evan from the lies, or will he succumb to them for the sake of his family, just as his mother did many years before? As Nat uncovers the secrets of Dome 569, will she be willing to give up her morals and values to pay the price for freedom, or die fighting for what she believes in?

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My Review:

Evan has been trying for a while to get Nat to go with him to his home Dome 569 to meet his mom and so that Nat can be with her uncle Alec again. Nat keeps putting him off but when a bomb explodes Nat is convinced that maybe it is time to leave and take the serum, a cure for the disease that put everyone in Domes in the beginning.

When Nat and Evan arrive at Dome 569 things are not exactly like Nat expected them to be. Dome 569 is run in a whole different way than Dome 1618. The leader of Dome 569 cared more about ruling and being in control than she did the people. The rules were very strict and didn’t matter if it was an adult or a child the rules were the same and the end result was carried out the same.

Nat figures out real quick that there were a lot of secrets going on at Dome 569 and that the people were not being treated the same. There were homeless people adults and children all, living in the streets or old abandoned buildings.

Nat is determined to find the truth and expose the whole thing. But when she learns the truth how far is she willing to go to expose it? Will she keep the secrets to keep from hurting a few or will she expose the truth to save many? What they are doing is wrong but what can one girl do?

I love this series; I love the characters and the world that has been created for the people who live in the domes. I can’t seem to get the people and the domes out of my head. It is like when you get a song stuck in your head. It is filled with so many twist and turns with lots and lots of secrets with lots still left unturned. I can’t wait to read more in this series. It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.

I would recommend it to anyone who loves to read dystopian books or who just loves a good mystery. 


Melanie McFarlane is a passionate writer of other-wordly adventures, a little excitable, and a little quirky. Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, she jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her YA debut There Once Were Stars, and her YA urban fantasy Summoner Rising.

She lives with her husband and two daughters in the Land of Living Skies.


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Mary Preston said...

A helpful review thank you.

steph y said...

I'll have to check out the first book in this series.

Jodi Hunter said...

Sounds So Awesome.

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