Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: True Born by L.E. Sterling

Title: True Born
Author: L.E. Sterling
Series: True Born Trilogy #1
Genre: Dystopian/YA/Science Fiction
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Edition: Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Source: NetGalley
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Welcome to Dominion City.
     After the great Plague descended, the world population was decimated...and their genetics damaged beyond repair.
     The Lasters wait hopelessly for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments that might prolong their life. The plague-resistant True Borns are as mysterious as they are feared…
     And then there's Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.
     When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic Nolan Storm and the beautiful but deadly Jared Price. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?
As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood. 


This was a very strange and interesting book. It took me a couple chapters to really get invested in what was happening. The story is told from Lucy's perspective through the whole book. Something that I haven't really read in a while. A lot of the books I have read have always had dual pov's, and sometimes the voices of the characters are either not that different or one character is more developed, or something similar to that.

It also took me a while to really figure out what kind of story this was going to be. I thought it was some kind of Sci-fi fantasy but it takes what felt like most of the book for that to really take the front seat of the story, which is fine in a way, it gave the story time to develop Lucy's character, what kind of person she is, the kind of person her sister is, what he life is like, what her parents are like and what is expected of her in that society.

There is a lot of mystery attached to what is going on, and that makes sense. We only know what Lucy knows, and in many things that isn't very much. Not to say that she is dumb, but her life is so sheltered and at times she is pretty naive because of the sheltered life.

One thing that, is maybe not that important really but bothered me a little was, Jared's age was never really defined. It only matters to me because Lucy is 17 through most of the book and this character she refers to as a 'man' kisses her more than once. I am going to assume he is in his very early 20's at the most. Otherwise, it will be just a little too weird for me to see a girl who is just turning 18 with someone who is almost 30.

I am a little unsure how much I liked this book. It was well written and interesting as well as very different from anything I've read in a while. I feel like I need more information about this world and how things work to really get a feel of things. I definitely would recommend this book if it sounds like something you'd enjoy.

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