True Born by L.E. SterlingTrue Born by L.E. Sterling

True Born

byL.E. Sterling

Paperback | March 7, 2017

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"Confession: I love X-Men and the idea of people developing different kinds of powers, be they psychic or shapeshifting or elemental control. This is exactly what I got in True Born, and it was so cool." -Dani, Dani Reviews Things

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.

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...
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Title:True BornFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.2 × 5.18 × 0.96 inPublished:March 7, 2017Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1633756041

ISBN - 13:9781633756045

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not What I Was Expecting I've been looking forward to reading this book for months and months, and after waiting, I have to say I'm a little let down. Don't get me wrong: It's not a bad book at all, I'm just going to leave it at 3.5 stars, and I'm still debating that even now. Though at times the setting was a little unclear to me, I liked the world created by Sterling. It's uniquely divided and distinctive. The class system is great. I also really enjoy Lucy as the main character, and her twin Margot. Both sisters are different and strong in their own right. I felt Lucy was a good lead though I questioned her choices sometimes. I also love, love Storm. He's awesome and someone I could see myself believing in. I'm not too hung up on Jared, however. Sure he's sexy and tough, but I found him to be waaaay too Alpha male and honestly a little creepy. That, and some of the other "good guys" felt a little homicidal at times. I liked the action scenes though there were some strange jumps I had to read over a couple times. All in all, I'm glad that I gave it a chance and am going to keep going with the series, but I really hope that certain questions get answered, Jared chills out, and we learn more about the world and the fate of the Fox sisters.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Storm's Coming 3.5 Stars First, thank you so much Raincoast Books for sending me an early copy to read! It's been quite some time since I've gone into a dystopian world but True Born brings back all the feelings associated with a good dystopian read. I felt the pain, anger, despair but most importantly, the hope in this book. Like with any fantasy dystopian books, the world took some time to get settled into. In the beginning I found myself very confused. Splicers, Lasters and True Borns, huh? But once I got deeper into the story, they became obvious. I think I'm a little freaked out at the thought of Splicers. They seem like such unnatural beings. Every person is really only fighting to survive but the categorizing and subsequent alienating led to violence amongst the groups. Each having their own mysterious agendas to fulfill. As twins, Margot is wild but charming while Lucy is reserved but bold. They have a beautiful (sometimes painful) bond and it was heartening to see them not only rely on but also look out for each other. Aside from having a powerful and influential father, they're just ordinary girls who want to enjoy their Reveal party. When Margo gets taken, Lucy is determined to rescue her sister. Without themselves knowing, they seem to be part of bigger sinister? plans. It wasn't fun watching them get dragged into conflict after conflict. I wanted to scream at their parents for the indignation in their treatment of the girls and I wanted to yell at the girls to grow some backbone to stand up for themselves. For obvious reasons I didn't love seeing how they were kept suppressed. These girls are stronger than pieces on a chess board to be moved at others' wills. I love the vivid descriptions of the True Borns. Some had the hair on my arms standing up in fear while others had me wide-eyed in awe. It's crazy thinking about the extraordinary powers this group exhibits. Nolan Storm is definitely an intriguing character. His "story" has me anticipating big things. I'm also curious to see how he's going to help the girls. Perhaps as a mentor? I can picture that. There was a case of insta-love between Lucy and Jared but as the story progressed, I really loved seeing the two together. There's a sort of tender genuine care in their exchanges no matter how hostile or heated their interactions always seem to be(come). She softens him and he calls out the fighter in her. I can definitely see them kick some asses side by side. I need to know what roles these other beings (the Preacher, the important Russian guest and the other True Borns) play. Are they friend or foe? With where things left off at, it's unclear. But I can see a much bigger scheme at work so I hope Ms. Sterling gives us more on each in the sequel! While not a cliffhanger ending, True Born does leave you wanting more. A lot more reveals have yet to be made and I'm beyond curious to see what we'll get. I'm strapping myself in because True Born will no doubt be stirring up a storm ;)
Date published: 2016-05-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review from Book Nerd Canada 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.
Date published: 2016-05-10