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True Born Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even through an M.A. in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature - where she completed a thesis on magical representation. She is the author of cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick) and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van - inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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I also did not feel connected to the characters. I liked Lucy alright but she was very one dimensional. I also think Lucy and her sister's relationship felt forced. I also thought this was a perfect example of the kind of story that has a teen girl who all of a sudden meets a gorgeous guy with gorgeous hair and amazing eyes that are any color but brown. Said girl falls in love with said guy immediately and he is all of a sudden protective of her. I found the story to fall flat for me. Remember this is my opinion so take it with a grain of salt. Some others seem to like it. It's just not my cup of tea. I know a lot of work goes into writing and I appreciate the work put in to this story. Just not for me. Plus I feel there should have been a bit more editing and work put in before this book was ready for sale.
Lucy Fox was a wonderful narrator. The book started off a little slow, and though it took me a few chapters to get into it and understand exactly how the world worked, Lucy’s voice kept a steady pace. She had an even character arc, and since this is a trilogy—yay!—I’m excited to see how her character changes in the other books. She slowly gave me bits and pieces of the life she and her sister had lived. Their connection was peculiar and enthralling, and it motivated Lucy to become the person that I had come to know by the end of the book. Margot, her twin, and Lucy had a great relationship, one that didn’t take away from the other person but built them up and nourished a unique bond.
Are there any fans of Jace from The Mortal Instruments out there? You’ll love Jared! I was on twitter and saw someone talk about Jared being man candy, and my curious mind had to know. I had the book on my kindle, waiting idly for my attention, and it was just the shove I needed. Thank you, person on twitter that decided to talk about this book, you were so right. I loved Jared. Blonde, snarky, transitioning eye color, and an inherent desire to protect Lucy, it was practically impossible not to create a special place in my heart for this True Born. While they didn’t have an incredibly romantic relationship, each kiss and careful caress made my heart race. With Jared came many nail biting moments, and he kept me on my toes practically the entire book—I stayed about as confused as Lucy on where they stood.
The world building had such complexity. Sterling took a general idea—widespread plague—and added a twist. There were Splicers, Lasters, and True Borns, each indicative of where you stood in society. Lucy and Margot, like everyone else but those labeled True Born at birth, waited anxiously to learn where they fell when they turned eighteen. They had been used to living in the Upper Circle, their world skillfully designed to fit a certain mold. I expected science fiction, but felt a lean toward fantasy. The two seemed to blend together in an exceptional way that banished the slight confusion that I had at the beginning. Dominion stood vividly in my mind, and I hope to learn more about the hierarchal division in the next book.
Fans of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy or X-Men will devour this book. Is it too soon to be asking for the next book in the trilogy yet?
To understand my feeling, I'm going to give you a bit of the story basics. From the start we follow Lucy Fox, twin to Margot and daughter of the Chief Diplomat of Nor-Am, as she struggles to understand her (and Margot's) place in their world. Being born to the Upper Circle sets Lucy apart from the rest of her dying world. You see, the world has fallen victim to the plague. The breakdown of society wasn't fast, but it was messy, leaving three types of people in the world: Lasters, those who don't survive the plague. Splicers, humans who's bodies can be spliced with alternate genes to help them fight off the plague and survive (sort of...). Lastly are the True Born, those who are immune to the plague, but they come with animalistic attributes (fins, claws, fur...).
People don't learn if they are Lasters, Splicers, or True Born until their reveal on their 18th birthday. Lucy and Margot's 18th birthday is looming and they don't understand why they keep having to go through Protocols to determine their path in life. Everyone else only goes through one set of protocols, after all it's only a simple check of the genome sequence that determines Laster, Splicer, or True Born. So why have Lucy and Margot have been doing them yearly since they were children? This is the question on Lucy's mind even as the world goes pear-shaped. First is her run-in with the True Born Jared. Then her father, famous for his dislike of True Borns, introduces her and Margot to their new security detail, headed by the True Born Nolan Storm. Nothing is as it seems and yet, even as we follow along with Lucy's story, it's very clear she makes no decisions for herself. Everything that happens, happens to her. Lucy's doesn't take action, but she does talk. Only talk doesn't get anything but drug along for the ride.
Even with Lucy's passive narrative, the world piqued my curiosity. I want to know more about True Borns. I want to know more about the plague. I'm curious to see how the magic of the world evolves. I'm interested in...well, let's just say I'm interested. I'll be reading the full trilogy just to find out what happens.
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So True Born book one of a trilogy takes place in Dominion.
A city devastated by ruin caused by a plague on mankind.Read more