Published by Entangled Teen on 3rd May 2016
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Your fate is in your blood…
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 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.
True Born tells the story of Lucy, a twin nearing her eighteenth birthday in the dystopian city of Dominion, where plague has wiped out most of the human world and genetics have wreaked havoc on the population, dividing the city into Splicers, Lasters and True Borns.
I love genre mashups, and True Born was a blend of dystopia and scifi, delving into the idea of what would happen if a plague created a genetic mutation that determined the fate of the rest of your life. The storytelling was fast paced and full of action, keeping you going the entire nove. As the first in the series, True Born does a good job of setting up what is to come, and despite the world building being a little confusing to begin with, soon fell into a good rhythm. I did find the terminology to be a bit confusing at times and a little rushed without out too much explanations, but once you got your head around it all, it was easy enough to follow. However what I loved was that the author has been able to create a world beyond Dominion and introduces new settings that’ll be explored in the next book. You don’t feel like Dominion is isolated at all.
Lucy was a great character – strong yet vulnerable without being too reliant on the people around her, particularly the love interest. I do love the “hate to love” trope, though at times it seemed a little bit too instalove. The relationship between Lucy and her twin, Margot, was perfect, and you got a real sense of how they were connected.
True Born was definitely an interesting read, and the next book looks set to be a ripper if the events of the first are anything to go by. With enough questions left unanswered, I’m definitely curious to read the next book in the trilogy!
About the Author
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 two previous novels, the cult hit Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick), dubbed “the Catcher in the Rye of a new generation” by one reviewer, 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 with her father, a hippie musician, her brothers and an occasional stray mutt – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.