Welcome to today’s pit stop for the True Born blog tour! A special thank you for Raincoast Books for organizing this tour and for L.E. Sterling for taking the time on answering our questions for the author Q&A.
Published: March 7 2017
Number of pages: 307
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: dystopian, scifi, mystery
Rating: 3.5/5 owl hoots
After the great plague descended, the world population decimated and their genetics were beyond repair.
The Lasters wait for their genes to self-destruct. The Splicers pay for expensive treatments to prolong their life, and the True Borns are resistant to the plague but are mysterious as they are feared.
Lucy Fox and her twin sister Margot have gone through several tests and still no one tells them who they are. When Margot disappears, her sister Lucy is desperate to find her even if it means putting her faith on the True Borns, including the charismatic leader, Nolan Storm and the handsome but deadly Jared who continuously infuriates her. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they discover a dangerous conspiracy stretching from Dominion City’s street preachers to Russian tycoons. But why come after the Fox sisters?
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One of the reasons I was attracted to this story was how a dystopian society is divided up into three castes, each one surviving the aftermath of the plague on their own terms while causing a rift between each other. But what if after doing several tests you still don’t know who you are? Laster? Splicer? What if you’re none of these then how would anyone identify you? How would you identify yourself? What if your fate is in your own blood? Even before the Fox sister’s Revealing Party, these questions still remain unanswered…
So I’ve pretty much given you a glimpse about Lucy and Margot’s story. Twin sisters raised in wealth and privilege and parents who are respected by the most powerful families in Dominion City. Lucy is the responsible and mature sister, while Margot is the society girl: beautiful, popular, knows how to talk to boys, and is compared by her sister as the perfect debutante. But Lucy is never jealous of her sister and instead is determined to be the responsible one that always looks after Margot and makes sure she’s safe, and it’s that determination that drives Lucy to do whatever it takes to save and protect her sister. This is the reason why I adore Lucy’s character, she’s courageous, brave, caring, and kind but sometimes her emotions can get in the way of her thinking. She trusts her parents without questioning them when they never gave her straight answers, or how they sounded unconcern about their well being during the city’s crisis. There was something really off about the parents that I was surprised Lucy made little effort into demanding what the heck they were hiding from her and Margot.
I was really invested about who the True Borns were but I had to be patient as the plot dragged on and I still didn’t find a clear answer by the end. The True Borns remain a mystery so I’m looking forward for more answers about them in the next book. I was also expecting more tension as the story sounded like a thriller, and I really wanted to get more answers. My favorite parts were watching the twin sisters together, seeing how Lucy is so protective of Margot that she will always do whatever it takes to keep her safe, even if it means putting herself in danger. But not without help from her new True Born friends, particularly Jared, a handsome devil who constantly infuriates Lucy. He keeps teasing her, always challenging her but you can tell that Jared really has a soft spot for Lucy after rescuing her on separate occasions while becoming a love interest. I didn’t like Jared at first because he can be a jerk towards Lucy but when he opened up about his secret, I started to like him.
I would recommend this book for scifi and dystopian fans, and if you’ve read The Hunger Games I think you will enjoy this new series too. And after that scary cliffhanger, I’m really looking forward to what Lucy will do next in the sequel.
If True Born was turned into a film (and I think it would make a pretty awesome scifi film too) what actors would you choose to play Lucy Fox, Jared, and Nolan Storm?
I have to tell you I really struggled over this question. On the one hand, I don’t want to lock readers into picturing someone specific as they read, and on the other… I can create this whole world but have trouble imagining who would play the characters in the film! However, as long as you and your readers will forgive me for making a royal hash of this…
I like the look of Aimee Teegarden (remember her from the CW show, Star Crossed?), and also I find her quite endearing. But she’d have to play Margot, too, so maybe in the film version they would need to put out a huge casting call to find two auburn-haired twins!
But you know, I’m really interested in who you and your readers would cast. If you think of anyone for the #TrueBorn #dreamcast do let me know!