Review: True Born by L.E. Sterling

True Born by L.E. Sterling
Series: True Born (# 1)
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Pages: 304
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review



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.


Review:  In a world turned upside down, Lucy and her twin sister Margot are shielded from much of the violence. They share a special connection, akin to a Spidey-sense of sorts, which makes them different. In author L.E. Sterling’s True Born, that difference can mean life or death.

Although I’ve read plenty of stories featuring a dystopian storyline, this was the first time I’d come across a world in which you get the news of your destiny by your 18th birthday. As Lucy and Margot near that day, there’s a lot of discussion about whether they are Splicer, True Born or Laster.

I found the storyline to be somewhat challenging, perhaps because it took me so long to sort out the good and bad guys. I anticipated more of a focus on the romantic element, but found more emphasis on the suspense aspect instead. Since the story is told in first person from Lucy’s perspective, I was limited in what information I had as a reader. However, I found her to be an excellent narrator.

The best comparison I have is that the story is similar to The Hunger Games except this one features shape shifters and a world filled with genetic anomalies. Lucy is on a hunt to find out what she is; each encounter bring her one step closer to the truth.

While I may not have followed Lucy’s trail easily, I was impressed with the author’s skills in creating a realistic world that spans the pages of a book. It will be interesting to see what the author has in store for the next installment.