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True Born

(True Born Trilogy #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  849 ratings  ·  181 reviews
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 id
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 3rd 2016 by Entangled: Teen
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Ria The technology exists to detect and patch a splicers DNA(though the patch often doesn't last, it just prolongs health) so the plague doesn't ravish th…moreThe technology exists to detect and patch a splicers DNA(though the patch often doesn't last, it just prolongs health) so the plague doesn't ravish them. I see why you'd gather that they could just copy the True Borns DNA and make everyone immune to the plague. I want to offer two theories why this is not possible.

1. The True Borns are all different and they are not willing to be tested upon. If you read the book when Margot was in the clinic and is attacked by those men who look like True Borns but are not; Jared points out to Lucy that they smell wrong. I think there is black market experimenting with True Born blood but by the looks of it the results are ghastly.
2. They have stated the genes are a regression to a time when conditions were harsh. Much like an organ donor cannot just give anyone their kidney...This True Born DNA must not work for just anyone. Then there is what Storm said that his people have always been in the world and are just now coming to light. So there is a paranormal twist to the book.

Who knows! Lol but one of the things I love about fiction is we don't have to follow everything to its logical conclusion.

My guess is Lucy and Margot are two pieces of a puzzle one of them contains the stem cells that hold off the plague and the other holds the genetic compound that would allow the stem cells to fuse successfully with damaged cells. BUT! I'm not the author lol and I cant wait to see what happens next! (less)
Divya Although I may be late, it's called True North : )…moreAlthough I may be late, it's called True North : )(less)

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Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
True Born. A dystopian world where money is everything. The plague has hit the human race hard. Survival comes at a price. The rich can buy it and the gifted are outcast.

The Fox family are in the heart of the upper circle. The elite families stick together. They are basically upper class stuck up snobby toffees. They teach their children to believe their views and do not associate with lesser species.

Lucy and Margot Fox are congenital twins. They were separated shortly after birth. Twins have
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 STARS
Release Date-3/5/16

So True Born is book one of a trilogy that takes place in Dominion.
A city devastated by ruin caused by a plague on mankind.
There seems to be three tiers of people Splicers, Lasters and True Born.
The rich and entitled seem to be the splicers as only the rich can afford to splice there DNA to survive and the poor take up the majority of the Lasters who are really just waiting for the virus to take effect and finish them off.
Thrown into this mix are the
S.J. Abbo
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it


Two sisters, identical twins, born in privilege Upper Circle society, in a dark world devastated by the Plague.

They born conjoined, with the body, but connected with spirit, even after separation.

One is fire, bright and ready to burn out of control, and commands all attentions.

The other one, the sparrow, unnoticed and observer, responsible and polite.

Both wants to know, what are they?

“By your eighteenth birthday, you're supposed to know. They're supposed to tell you. Splicer. Tr
Plague stories always catch my eye..and even though I was hoping this one would be more of a sci-fi read, it turned into more of a paranormal dystopian story which ended up being a nice surprise.

Having three different castes for humans isn't anything new in dystopia, but I was already invested in what True Borns were. The only thing is I really couldn't find a succinct answer. I still couldn't find one by the end because I felt like it dragged on so much. There are shapeshifters and even a mere
DNF. Unable to finish due to romanticizing abuse. See status updates for examples.
This book had decent writing. Like, I know so many books where authors try to write from a certain class POV and don't manage it well. I feel like Sterling managed it well. It wasn't the magical sort of writing you get from authors; it wasn't the lyrical kind; it wasn't even entirely the engrossing kind. Rather, for a debut, it was pretty damn good and sometimes that's enough.
If only the other aspects of the novel were like that.
You guys know those books where there's a love interest... and the
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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True Born takes place in Dominion City where a plague has descended upon the residents killing off a good portion of the population. Those that are left are divided into three groups, the Lasters, the Splicers and the True Born. Lasters are those who are beyond saving and on the last of their life, Splicers are those rich enough to keep up with procedures to prolong their life and the True Born are a bit of genetic mutation that are immune to the plague and carry properties of certain animals th ...more
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*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian
*Rating* 3.5


True Born is the first installment in author L.E. Sterling's True Born Trilogy. The protagonist of the series is soon to be 18-year old Lucinda (Lucy) Fox. Lucy was born identical and conjoined with her sister Margot Fox. Lucy and Margot are part of what the author is calling the Upper Circle. Margot is wild but charming while Lucy is reserved but bold. The story takes place in a fictional city called Dominion where the plague
Deceived by the pretty cover...

Book Title: True Born
Author: LE Sterling
Series: True Born #1
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian-ish-fantasy-ish.
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Net Galley Arc

☆My Pick for Book Theme Song: My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark by Fallout Boy

Ratings Breakdown

Plot: 2.5/5
Characters: 2.8/5
The Feels: 3/5
Flow: 1/5
Backdrop (World Building): 2/5
Originality: 4/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 2.8/5 Cliffhanger: to be continued

Will I continue this series? No, I just can't go there…
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviews
I would liken “True Born” to the “Under the Never Sky” series. Not in plot, but in the guilty pleasure type of enjoyment it provides. The similarities include that there’s a world that doesn’t make much sense, though I suspect that will be cleared up in future books, and science that is barely explained and is best left unquestioned.

In spite of the things mentioned above, it’s fun. It takes the ideas of plagues, shape-shifters, and religious zealots and mixes them into a good adventure filled wi
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And the man in front of me, a gorgeous wallop of a man, holds me from certain death by the hem of my skirt. I’m lucky, I muse as, teetering on my heels, I’m suddenly cast back to the time when a much younger Robbie Deakins held Margot suspended in the same position and bartered a kiss for her freedom. (c)
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evolve or die. What is the price of living?

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3 / 5

I'm not really sure why I enjoyed this as much as I did. The science was dubious at best, the setting confused, and if the love interest had been burnt at the stake then True Born would have been 10x better. But I had fun nonetheless, which is why I award True Born 3/5 stars and have requested the sequel on Netgalley! So what's it all about? Rich, Upper Circle twin sisters Margot and Lucy live in Dominion City which is overrun by The Plague (
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
Sep 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Interesting mix of action in an apocalyptic world where a plague is killing off a large number of the population. There's been a lot of editing from the original, but it was originally published on Wattpad and had over 500k readers, and I can totally see why they were enthused with the story, particularly in regards to what makes the main character Lucy and her sister Margot different from every other person in Dominion City. Beyond the main character and her sister, most of the people in the wo ...more
Lisa Mandina
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The story has so many twists and turns it keeps you on the edge of your seat. All the different types of True Borns are neat to hear about, and to try to picture in my head. The heat between Jared and Lucy is really good, I enjoy the back and forth between them. I enjoy all of the stuff that builds into the world. My only problem was that I feel there are still so many questions left unanswered. And I wish there would have been one or two more of these answered. But I guess the author knew what ...more
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
as of right now I have a lot of questions. but putting that aside, I actually quite liked this book. I'm getting some mythology background on this, which I'm hoping if it's true, it gets more in depth on later books. with an apocalyptic setting laced with blood, power, ploys, and money, this was a great start to this trilogy.

there's also some insta-love of type thing romance, which I didn't mind -although not my preference- but I feel like there's more to that, like some fated mate thing. I gue
Jesse Nicholas
Thank you NetGalley and Entangled Teen for providing an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review.

I unfortunately at this time have to DNF at 55%. The story and the characters are just not grasping my attention. I really tried to find something to like or hold onto, but I couldn't.

I hope other readers find some entertainment and joy from reading this book, and that my decision to DNF the book doesn't sway theirs.
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Quick & Dirty: Enthralling dystopian story so full of secrets and questions that it kept me hooked into the story but at the same time left me frustrated.

Opening Sentence: When we came into the world, silent and cowled, my sister and I were attached by our big toes.

The Review:

True Born is a young adult dystopian novel about a future where mankind has been forced to evolve or die. This story begins a trilogy set in a world in which I was very much intrigued abo
I sat down to do a first impressions of this one, and ended up reading the whole thing, so clearly it drew me in. That's not to say it's not flawed, because it is, but I enjoyed in nonetheless. Video review here.
Lynn Rainbow
Mar 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review!

When I first read the plot of this book, I fell in love with it. The idea behind it seemed really original and new and it could have made a really, really good novel! Instead, after reading it, I feel like this book didn't meet his full potential. It's not that I didn't like it, but I didn't love it as I expected. It was nice and enjoyable at points, but nothing more than that.

Starting with the things I did like
Barb (Boxermommyreads)
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I have to be honest and admit I initially found this world a hard one to get into. "True Born" is sort of a dystopian in that it takes place in a world where everything has basically gone to hell. Dominion, the main city, consists of royalty and the poor, and the poor don't stand a chance. The Plague has wiped out a lot of civilization and pretty much all the people left are either Splicers, Lasters or True Born. When you turn 18, a series of medical tests, called Protocols, advise you of your f ...more
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
What drew me to read this book was the synopsis and I was not disappointed!!! The story line was well put together, the characters were outstanding and the world building was so amazing that I found myself becoming a part of the story. I cannot wait to see what comes next and recommend it to one and all.

{I received an eARC via NetGalley and Entangled Teen}

Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
May 10, 2016 marked it as to-check-later
Shelves: gorgeous-cover
The cover is so pretty ! *_*
It smells the love triangle by a thousand miles.
Sandra "Jeanz"
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I am looking forward to this one as it sounds like a mixture of dystopian\post apocalyptic/shifter genres all thrown in together.

This is a newer part of my "Review" where I look back at what my comments were on Goodreads whilst reading the book. As with the rest of review I will try my best to avoid spoilers. I guess you could call these comments my "teasers" for the book as you are reading to see if you think the same as I did.
At 31% Does Lukas
★||Actual Rating: 2.75||★

I received this book from the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

On the state-continent of Nor-Am, Dominion is the biggest and widely populated city. This is where Lucy and Margot, previously-conjoined twins live. Lucy is the ‘timid’ one while Margot is more daring, which leaves Lucy responsible for covering up for her.

There was a great Plague that left behind a mutation, if I could call it that. The world was basically divided into three: Lasters, S
Eileen (BookCatPin)
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

First, thank you so much Raincoast Books for sending me an early copy to read! It's been quite some time since I've gone into a dystopian world but True Born brings back all the feelings associated with a good dystopian read. I felt the pain, anger, despair but most importantly, the hope in this book.

Like with any fantasy dystopian books, the world took some time to get settled into. In the beginning I found myself very confused. Splicers, Lasters and True Borns, huh? But once I got dee
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
*This review will also appear on A Leisure Moment*

**I received this book via NetGalley through Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review**

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
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

More like a 3.5

So what really impressed me about True Born was how inventive the plot was. Reading this was like seeing a casino machine swirl and the fruit symbols come together in different combinations. I know that there are only so many combinations, but the way these elements came together was what astonished me. Sterling doesn't ease us in slowly. We are thrown in head first
Original review on Adele Is Reading.

True Born is a Young Adult Science Fiction/ Fantasy Dystopia. A nice thing about this book, as I’ve come to realize, is that we don’t know when exactly the story takes place. The settings of this book are similar to our world, but different enough that it’s hard to place where exactly the story takes place geologically.

I like the point of view that the main character, Lucy, has. She’s so protective of her sister. And like, I was immediately drawn into Lucy’s p
Mar 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, series
True Born!!! First things first: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley.
The book is already out, so you can go and check it out.
This is what the book is about:
"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
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2016, paranormal
Well this is a big first for me. If you know me well or have been following this blog since the beginning you will know there are a few things that instantly turn me off from a book: dystopian and insta-love. So why did I read this? More importantly why did I like this? Because its unique and really well done.

Dystopian genre calls for post-apocalyptic worlds or in this case, post plague. I liked the idea of this mysterious plague that effects almost everyone. I also liked the use of evolution/mu
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L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance, to which she remained faithful 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 cult hit YA novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick) and the Urban Fantasy Pluto’s Gate, and the True Born Trilogy. True Born, first in the ser

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