I received this book for free from blog tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: True Born Trilogy #1
Published by Entangled Teen on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: blog tours
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.
Plague stories always catch my eye..and even though I was hoping this one would be more of a sci-fi read, it turned into more of a paranormal dystopian story which ended up being a nice surprise.
Having three different castes for humans isn’t anything new in dystopia, but I was already invested in what True Borns were. The only thing is I really couldn’t find a succinct answer. I still couldn’t find one by the end because I felt like it dragged on so much. There are shapeshifters and even a mere mention of a witch. There’s a lot of stop and go action which I enjoyed because sometimes having so much action makes me winded. But I felt it dragged on too much. I kind of wished the plot was more of a nail biter than the ending that I read. There needed to be more tension and we never even got any answers questioned. There was also a lack of previous world building..We’re only supposed to accept the fact this plague just decimated the entire world. I was also confused through most of the book. What i loved most was the relationship between the two twin sisters and the whole mystery behind Storm and his band of followers.
Lucy Fox is one loyal sister. She protects her older sister to the death. I love her relationship with Margo because it wasn’t perfect. Finding out who she is and what she wants, I like that she questions about what she wants. She didn’t just go and decide to upend her entire because she loves a boy. Lucy used logic and heart to finally make her decision. Then there were her parents. Oh I really wanted to punch her father in the face. I don’t understand how one’s reputation and career is more important than their own child. One annoying True Born called Jared Price with long blonde hair and blonde hair green eyes was the most infuriating character. He didn’t seem to have any truth to him as a character because I felt he was placed there as a love interest. Other than that, he was always the rescuer. He grew hot and cold and only until the end did he reveal his truth that I started to like him.
Remember his one isn’t going to be your regular science fiction novel because it’s more like a paranormal dystopian romance. It had it’s good and bad part, but I’m wholly interested enough to see what will happen in the next book because of what they really are.
q & a
Which books have most influenced your life?
Hi, Giselle, and thanks for the question!
To be honest, there are so darned many “game changer” books in my life that it’s hard for me to know where to start, but if you don’t mind, I’ll take this in phases.
Early on I was influenced by what my big brother and my mother were reading. My big brother had Elfquest and Conan graphic novels that I completely devoured, and my mother was a science fiction reader! I read all her books: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (hilarious), The Andromeda Strain and a ton more. Those were hugely influential.
Then, when I was about 11 or 12 I discovered Sheri S. Tepper’s The Gate To Women’s Country. To this day I think it’s one of the most important works of speculative fiction I have ever encountered – the novel is about a society that glorifies war and men to the detriment of women. I read that novel over a dozen times. It still sits on my bookshelf, and I will absolutely read
A bit later I discovered Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander – this was another huge book for me, in the sense that I just hadn’t known what was possible (in terms of an immersive reader experience that takes readers from history to fantasy and back again) until then. It’s such an amazing book, and an amazing series.
And even more recently: a few years ago I took a chance on Ilona Andrews’ Magic Bites (Kate Daniels series), and I am so very glad I did! This book made me feel like I was
coming home. It’s dark, it has violence, but the characters – especially the strong female lead – are just so incredible. And the world building is remarkable. I really, really want to write books as good as the Andrews’ books.