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True Born by [Sterling, L.E.]
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Length: 304 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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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, 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 334 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (3 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0166SEV0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,974 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a free copy of this book for Wicked Reads.

I took a chance on True Born. I love reading young adult novels but I usually stick to contemporary books. True Born is fantasy/sci-fi but the synopsis was interesting enough that I thought I'd give it a go. It took me a few chapters to get my head around the whole true born, splicer and lasters thing and the dynamic of the world in which Lucy lives but once I did I was drawn right in.

When the children of Dominion turn 18 a reveal party is held where it is announced whether the child is true born, a splicer or a laster. As the of Lucy's reveal approaches, Lucy starts to realise something is different about her and her twin sister Margot and the story launches from there. We get action and mystery and spots of graphic violence. True Born may not be suitable for sensitive younger teens because of the violence but I'm sure my 13 year old would love it.

The romance comes when Lucy's father hires a group of true born to protect her and her sister. Lucy is drawn to Jared and I loved the hot and cold dynamic between them. It shows that you can have sizzling chemistry without the need for sex.

True Born is a great read which showed me that choosing to read a book outside of my usual genre can be well worth it. I can't wait for the next instalment.

Wicked Reads Review Team
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment at[...] 4 May 2016
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I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started this book. I haven’t read anything dystopian (that doesn’t involve aliens) in a while, so I enjoyed visiting this genre again. The cover drew me in, if I’m being completely honest, and once I understood it’s meaning, I loved it even more. However, the story inside does not disappoint.

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?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some might consider light spoilers 15 January 2017
By RB - Published on
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The idea was good and intrigued me when reading the summary. To me seemed a cross between Xmen and Divergent and had great potential. However, the plot wasn't well developed and there was a lot of info dumping that did little to actually form a clear picture of what was going on. I felt things happened too quickly and too slowly at the same time. For instance the author spent pages explaining the world of Dominion but did not explain it clearly enough. So instead of what could have been a paragraph or two of a concise idea was pages of confusing information. However, the action started before an actual story line was even in place. I was reading and had to go back and read over a page twice because I did not realize something had happened because one second I'm reading about the plague and the next the main character is being chased.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curious, Passive Narrative 31 May 2017
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I was originally attracted to True Born because of the cover; clean, striking, and minimalistic. The blurb was intriguing enough that I picked it up to try. At nearly 85% through my first read I still had not made up my mind how I felt about the story. The thing that kept bouncing around in my head? Passive narrative.

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book two better come soon 15 July 2016
By John Rogers ClarkIV - Published on
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Conjoined at their big toes at birth, Lucy and Margot Fox have grown up in a life that is both privileged and a virtual prison. Their father is a powerful government figure in a city ruled by fear and an odd caste system. The fear comes from a resurgence of the plague that has decimated society and, in the process, has led to martial law, desperation and near economic collapse. It's a frightening time, made more so by guards, secrets and a growing threat from those who are angry and frightened.
The sisters are markedly different. Lucy is the responsible one, but is also more willing to question what she's fed by her parents. Margot is a rebel, skipping school and meeting boys, ever certain that her sister will cover for her. Her desperation in the face of uncertainty leads her to make foolish and risky choices.
When the threat of violence suddenly escalates, their father brings in Nolan Storm, leader of what are known as True Born, people who seem to have throwback genetic material that allows them to resist the plague. It also gives them unusual traits, but I'll leave those undescribed so you can read the book. Jared is a True Born assigned to guard Lucy and the more time they spend together, the more the attraction increases as do her questions about her own genetic mix as well as her parents' honesty.
By the end of the book, readers will feel a bit like a wrung out load of wash as they follow what happens to Margot (hint: it isn't pretty) and how Lucy feels (she's not smiling). Readers are well set up for the next book which I hope comes soon.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping for a second book! 29 November 2016
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True Born is intriguing from the start, and leaves you desiring more of Lucy and Jared, while also being anxious for more understanding of the twins. I greatly enjoyed the read and am hopeful for a continuation of the story!