Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Teens&YA
Age: 16+ ( some violence and a complex plot)
Recommendation: Absolutely. This story is unique and a great start to a series!
Type: Series, this is book one of three.
Summary: +unique +descriptive writing and great world building +vulnerable but not annoying heroine +swoon worthy male lead +new and exciting -confusing at first -slow in the first few chapters +cliffhanger but not one that makes you want to throw your book down and stomp on it when your finished.
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, including the charismatic leader, Nolan Storm, and the beautiful but deadly Jared, who tempts her as much as he infuriates her. 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.
( There are two that are completely awesome, when you read the book, which you should, you will realize why.)
“You can’t tell there was an attack. They do too good a job of vacuuming up the violence.”
“Jared rubs his hands clean on the Laster’s filthy shirt and stands up. I look away, not sure how to be gracious with this violent love poem.”
True Born is the first installment in a three part series by L.E. Sterling. The cover immediately caught my attention for two reasons, it is completely modern and a wonderful mix of blue, white and gray ( I am weird about color schemes) and two, I am wondering what the heck is up with the antlers. After finding out, I like the cover even more.
When beginning this novel, I was a little unsure of how into the story I would be able to get. The plot and the ideas behind this story are so unique it took me a minute to really grasp everything that was happening. After about the third chapter I was sucked in and could hardly manage to adult through my day before running back and finishing it. I will say when it comes to being an action snob, I can’t deny my need for instant gratification and desire to be immediately drawn into what I am reading. I didn’t fall into love at first chapter with this book but I am glad I gave it a chance to show me it’s true colors because it ended up shining in the end.
With descriptive writing, a strong minded heroine, and an element of mystery that keeps on giving, this book makes for one interesting and addictive read. The world building is great, I could see what was going on in my head and was able to understand our heroine Lucy’s perspective. One thing I would have liked to see was a little bit more information and science behind how the plague actually occurred. Sterling does a good job setting up the events ( but be aware they aren’t explained completely right away, it is one of the elements revealed to the reader and the main characters together) but I am a huge fan of realistic science based reads.
Being a huge romance addict at heart, I absolutely loved the added connection between Lucy and Jared. The fact that it is just an added element, not the sole focus of the story, makes their dynamic all the more interesting because it allows for development in future books which..dun dun dun…makes me want to pick them up and read them! This is cliffhanger positive but as the reader, you are given enough so you aren’t miserable but are left intrigued to the point you are searching for the next release date.
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much Entangled Publishing and L.E. Sterling.