Author: L.E. Sterling
Publication Date: April 3 2017
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Abandoned by her family in Plague-ridden Dominion City, eighteen-year-old Lucy Fox has no choice but to rely upon the kindness of the True Borns, a renegade group of genetically enhanced humans, to save her twin sister, Margot. But Nolan Storm, their mysterious leader, has his own agenda. When Storm backtracks on his promise to rescue Margot, Lucy takes her fate into her own hands and sets off for Russia with her True Born bodyguard and maybe-something-more, the lethal yet beautiful Jared Price. In Russia, there’s been whispered rumors of Plague Cure.
While Lucy fights her magnetic attraction to Jared, anxious that his loyalty to Storm will hurt her chances of finding her sister, they quickly discover that not all is as it appears…and discovering the secrets contained in the Fox sisters’ blood before they wind up dead is just the beginning.
As they say in Dominion, sometimes it’s not you…it’s your DNA.
Thank you so much to Entangled Publishing for sending and ARC copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. As well, thank you for including me in another fabulous blog tour.
Having loved the first book in the True Born series by L.E. Sterling, I knew that I just had to review the second book as well. “True North” is a fantastic continuation of the True Born series. The fabulous cast is back and better than ever. What happens when the group of True Borns is sent out on a new mission? I guess you will have to read to find out!
Starting off with the visually appealing cover, it is sad to say, but I am one to judge a book by its cover. The stunning fading of a minty green accompanied by the stark white animal skulls is absolutely gorgeous. It is the perfect complementary book to the first book in the series.
Leading into the story, the world is built upon a lot more in this book than it was in the first. For those that found this lacking in the first book, I think they will like the improvement that occurs in this book. What kept me reading though was Lucy, who character continues to develop throughout the book. She displays so much self-confidence here and relies on her instincts even if the other character in the book *cough* Jared *cough* try to discourage her.
The start of the book was a bit slow, as it was picking up from where the last book had finished. Once everyone’s roles were situated, it was smooth sailing from there. There are so many questions posed in the book that leaves the reader wanting more, wanting to figure out the answers before something happens. Sterling has a way of incorporating the answers to question in a way that still leaves more unanswered questions, which I personally enjoy.
The imagery of the Dominion in which all the characters live (or have been to/in) give one the feeling of being creepy yet still maintaining the dystopian feel. The Dominion has a way of reflecting the events that have occurred, as the sky becomes darker, so does the storyline. The city is in shambles, which is expected in most dystopian themed books, but Sterling’s description makes one feel as if they were living in the city the same time Lucy is present.
Overall, this was a fantastic, fast-paced installment to what is quickly becoming one of my favourite series, and I cannot wait for the final book to come out! I will absolutely, positively read the third book, as I must know how this all wraps up in the end.
Q: In what way does the relationship between Lucy and her twin sister Margo change or evolve in True North? Who is the “stronger” sister?
A: I’d have to say that the relationship between Lucy and Margot, and how that bond shifts and changes, is one of the True Born Trilogy’s greatest strengths. Readers will see the relationship between the twins dramatically shift in True North. For the first time, Lucy knows independence from the bond she shares with her sister. After a lifetime of experiencing what her sister does, suddenly Lucy is just herself, just one.
As the author I spent quite a long time thinking about how that would affect someone. I assume it would make them very lonely, at first. But I imagine it would also give Lucy a chance to learn who she is without her “other half.” The Fox twins are maybe too close at time.
I think the severing of their bond and physical distance begins a really important change in Lucy. And without giving away too much of the story in True North (no spoilers!!) I’d say Margot is also changed.
But just what all this means isn’t something that True North can really answer. I think readers will have to wait for book 3 for a peek into what the repercussions will be!
But as for who is the stronger sister? Such a great question! I don’t know if this is my authorial bias but I see Lucy as the stronger sister. She is changed by what happens to her but never allows herself to feel defeated. Maybe that’s because she doesn’t suffer the same incomprehensible experiences that Margot does — maybe Margot is in some ways the stronger sister. But somehow I think Lucy is more resilient, which for me means strength!