Blog Tour/Playlist/Giveaway: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

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SYNOPSIS: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?


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Dome 1618 – Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead

I love this song. It gives a sense of hopelessness from trying to be what others expect of us—a theme throughout There Once Were Stars.

Nat’s first time outside – Wide Awake by Katy Perry

In There Once Were Stars she wakes up, not only feeling the wind for the first time but also seeing the stars in the skies outside the dome, and finally seeing the reality of the world around her.

Jak – Creep by Radiohead

Jak is so desperately in love with Nat that he’s overbearing. The lyrics in Radiohead’s Creep are stalker-esque, and therefore very fitting. Plus the tune sounds like a brooding loner, which matches Jak and his social awkwardness.

Evan – Yellow by Coldplay

Evan comes across as arrogant, which makes him a bad boy we love to hate. But ultimately, no matter how many times he butts head with Nat, he admires her for her independent qualities.

Nat – One Girl Revolution by Superchick

This totally matches Nat. She just wants to be herself, and in the end she’s determined to pull it off alone.


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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