YA Reads Blog Tours – True Born By L.E. Sterling (Book 1)

* Thank you Entangled TEEN and NetGalley for providing me 
with an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion *

True Born (True Born Trilogy #1) by  L.E. Sterling

Publishing Date: May 3rd, 2016

Publishing Company: Entangled Teen

Genre: YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26114621-true-born

https://entangledpublishing.com/true-born.html

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.

true born

My Thoughts:

Rating: 3/5

Overall, I thought this was a good first book to a series. Although it had a lot of elements seen in the Hunger Games as well as other mainstream YA novels.

Characters:

The characters were nicely written but at times I was annoyed at some phrases they used.

The main character is Lucy who has a twin sister named Margot. They were separated at birth and have a special connection to one another. I think Lucy’s character could have been written with more consistency. One moment she is proper and regal and the next moment she is speaking in slang. I had a hard time connect with this character for this very reason. Another problem I had, was overcoming the fact that she would describe Jared’s (another character) eye color as different shades of blue or green depending on his mood. I understand why the author would write this but I didn’t like that it was the main aspect the character was focusing on when there were bigger issues to solve.   I couldn’t help but notice that Lucy kept describing Jared’s muscles as rocks, or hard. It reminded me too much of Twilight.

Jared is first introduced as arrogant. He is the definition of  a Bad Boy troupe.  It was fun to read in the beginning and as time when on I didn’t enjoy the sudden shifts in personality. He kept switching from hot to cold and that’s definitely not a sign of a good relationship.  The biggest problem I had with this character was that he kept talking about how good Lucy smelled. There was just too much Twilight in this character for me to like him.

Margot is Lucy’s twin sister. I was able to connect to her much easier.   She is more outgoing and talkative of the twins. But when something traumatic happens in the story she changes and shows signs of PTSD. This is why I was able to connect better with her. Her personality change is something that would happen in the real world and the character development made sense to me.

My favorite character was definitely Storm. He is a strong presence and a very powerful character. He knows the politics and is able to manipulate other characters. He has some really good dialogue throughout the story. He was quite enjoyable to read about.

Plot:

The story was good.  It had elements of Hunger Games, the dystopian world and the fighting to survive. It had elements Twilight as I mentioned before. And it also had elements of Divergent, the DNA testing to determine if the characters True Born, Splicers, or Lasters. But the main character is none of these three but in fact something completely different.

It was fun the read. The world building was good. But I would have liked more information of the True Born.  It had too many elements of mainstream YA. I wanted something different. But overall, it was still a good read. The book ends on a cliff hanger which leads to the need to have another book. I think this book could have been compressed in to the next book, since not much happens.

Overall it was a good first book to a series.

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