Tuesday, May 10, 2016

True Born - What A Messed Up, But Intriguing World!

TITLE: True Born (True Born Trilogy #1)
AUHTOR: L.E. Sterling
PUBLISHER: Entangled Teen

FROM GOODREADS: 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.

I have to be honest and admit I initially found this world a hard one to get into. "True Born" is sort of a dystopian in that it takes place in a world where everything has basically gone to hell. Dominion, the main city, consists of royalty and the poor, and the poor don't stand a chance. The Plague has wiped out a lot of civilization and pretty much all the people left are either Splicers, Lasters or True Born. When you turn 18, a series of medical tests, called Protocols, advise you of your fate. Lasters basically are doomed to die, Splicers become "the elite" and True Born, individuals who contain both human and animal DNA and are hybrids of both, are exiled.

Margot and Lucy Fox are identical twins who were born conjoined, but later physically separated. Their parents are well-to-do politicians and as the story quickly progresses, Margot and Lucy learn that their 18th birthday "reveal" may hold more in store for them than anticipated. Margot and Lucy soon meet a group of security ran by Nolan Storm, a True Born with antlers (thus the cover now makes sense). Storm and his entourage help Lucy and Margot navigate the mess that has become their life.

This book holds lot of action and political intrigue. The different "races" Sterling has created are unique and fascinating. I think I found the beginning slow because there is a lot of information thrown at the reader in an attempt to help them understand Dominion and the different classes of individuals living there. I assume the next two books won't be so heavy on the world building since at the end, the reader has a good grasp on what is going on. I liked a lot of the characters, but the strange thing is, I never completely liked Margot or Lucy. They both have strength and weaknesses and several annoying traits. Perhaps this is intentional because as I mentioned, they were initially conjoined twins. They would have made a good "whole" person, but that would have really cut the plot short. Oh, and their parents are definitely in the running for "Worst Parents of the Year" awards.

Overall, I enjoyed Sterling's first book in this trilogy. Any slowness I felt quickly dissipated and by the end, I felt like I was watching an action/thriller movie unfold. There is a tad bit of romance, but it is filled with tension and is not overpowering. Also, while the book does have a cliffhanger, it also has some resolution and I didn't feel like it was ended right in the middle of a scene. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment. If you like sci-fi, dystopian, or action/thrillers, "True Born" is worth checking out.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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