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I Belong

Review: True Born by L.E. Sterling

True BornTitle: True Born

Author: L.E. Sterling

Genre: YA Dystopian

Series: True Born Trilogy (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Format: Hardcover, 304 Pages

ISBN-10: 1633753190 (Entangled: Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1633753198 (Entangled: Teen)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: Enthralling dystopian story so full of secrets and questions that it kept me hooked into the story but at the same time left me frustrated.

Opening Sentence: When we came into the world, silent and cowled, my sister and I were attached by our big toes.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

True Born is a young adult dystopian novel about a future where mankind has been forced to evolve or die. This story begins a trilogy set in a world in which I was very much intrigued about but left me with so many questions. It was the answer to those questions that kept me reading. True Born does not end with a crazy cliffhanger, but it still has so many unanswered questions looming for the sequels.

True Born is a story about two sisters who were conjoined at birth but then separated by their big toe. These two sisters also share a bit of twin telepathy, although I think it may only be one sided. It’s not entirely stated if Margo can also feel what Lucy is feeling since the entire story is told from Lucy’s point of view, but I do know that Lucy can feel Margot’s pain and she knows where Margot is.

The world in which the sisters live is complex and strange. I have so many questions about this world that is probably superfluous but they kind of bug me. A Plague has devastated the population, people are now under three categories, True Born, Laster and Splicer. As a Laster, you a pretty much sentenced to death. As a Splicer, you can change up your DNA and live a longer life but you aren’t entirely human anymore. The best way I can explain a True Born is basically compare it to being a mutant like in the X-Men world. True Borns’ all have different specialties and powers. Margot and Lucy are apparently none of the above and no one can tell them why or what they are.

Margot and Lucy are basically the daughters’ of whom I would say would be the equivalent to the President. Their father holds a lot of power and is in charge of a lot of people. Since the world is falling apart their father is also a matchmaker because the girl’s know that they have no power over their future. They know they will be forced to marry someone in a political match.

This world is so far gone that there is only the rich, poor and mercenaries so I’m not sure how the rich get all the stuff they do because it seems apparent that the poor don’t do anything except trying not to die. The mercenaries are guards for the rich to keep them from being attacked by the Lasters. They sisters are used to the armed military following them around. When Lucy’s father informs them that they have a new team following them around, Lucy is intrigued by the power she feels coming from Nolan Storm and Jared Price.

The night had been one long erotic dream, images and sensations tugging at me as I tangled with my sheets. I felt sick over them, wanted to shut my body down against the treacherous feelings, so it wasn’t until almost morning that I finally dropped off into a deep, dark, sleep.

True Born really gets its’ momentum by not answering the questions. Lucy is completely in the dark about EVERYTHING. Even Margot seems to know things but she’s not talking. The people who seem to know anything won’t tell Lucy. I think that was also my only complaint about Lucy, she didn’t seem to try and fight for the answers. She seemed to get distracted too easily or just let everyone get away with not answering her. The story really slows down in the middle but picks back up eventually.

I really enjoyed the writing of the story. I liked Lucy for the most part but Jared and the mysterious Nolan Storm really stole the show. Everyone else was completely frustrating, especially Lucy and Margot’s dad who completely forgets he hired the mercs to protect his daughters in the first place. Lucy and Jared have a hot/cold relationship but I think that’s more from Lucy’s perspective.

Overall, I really did enjoy this story even with my frustrations. I want answers so I will definitely be picking up the sequels. I would actually say this is a 3.5 star read because I enjoyed it enough but I still think there are some things missing from the plot that would have made it much, much better.

Notable Scene:

Jared is an eyelash away from me. My breath catches as I look down at our feet. So close we could be dancing. He tips my chin up with gentle fingers. “Hey, you okay?” Then, “You’re not, are you?” Sighing, he pulls me over to the window seat, squashing himself in beside me among the embroidered cushions and decorative dolls. “What’s wrong?”

He takes one of my hands in his huge paw and with the other strokes my hair, as he had the night before. I hate it. Kind and caring Jared undoes me, unravels me until I no longer know whether I’m coming or going. Then jerkface Jared comes along and rips it all away. I am tired of wondering which version of him I’m dealing with. I try to pry us apart, but my hand sticks there on his chest. “Don’t make me cry,” I tell him with a hiccup.

“Why?” The words are so gentle. “Lucy,” his breath whispers against the sensitive skin of my cheek. I go into shock when his lips scrape against mine. They’re softer than I could have imagined from such a hard man. His lips come down again. I feel my mouth open under his, hear a low, deep growl from Jared as the kiss deepens. I’m dizzy with him filling my mouth. The feel of him beneath my hands: strong, alive, pulsing with life. I think a moan as he crushes me to him, losing himself. My hands tangle in his hair, and I’m pulling him closer, closer, needing more of his warmth, his fire. And then he wrenches me away from him. He stares at me with vivid green wild-eyes. So it’s not just when he’s upset, I realize as my stomach lurches once more. We’re both panting as though we’ve run a long distance. I put a hand to my lips, swollen now. So sensitive they feel like glass.

I’ve never been kissed before. Not my own lips, although I’ve been buoyed along by Margot’s often enough. But this kiss, forever seared in my memory, bears no resemblance to the sensations I’ve experienced through Margot. Jared shakes a little as he gets his breathing under control.

True Born Trilogy:

1. True Born


FTC Advisory: Entangled Teen provided me with a copy of True Born. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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