Title: True Storm
Author: L.E. Sterling
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Page Count: 352
My rating: 3 stars
About the book:
Lucy’s twin sister, Margot, may be safely back with her—but all is not well in Plague-ravaged Dominion City. The Watchers have come out of hiding, spreading chaos and death throughout the city, and suddenly Lucy finds herself torn between three men with secrets of their own.
Betrayal is a cruel lesson, and the Fox sisters can hardly believe who is behind the plot against them. To survive this deadly game of politics, Lucy is forced to agree to a marriage of convenience. But DNA isn’t the only thing they want from Lucy…or her sister.
As they say in Dominion, rogue genes can never have a happy ending…
The True Born series is best enjoyed in order.
Book #1 True Born
Book #2 True North
Book #3 True Storm
True Storm is the third and last book in the True Born Trilogy which has introduced the world of Dominion City. 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 that have adapted to survive this world. The story now continues with identical twin sisters Lucy and Margot back together again but the world around them is still in upheaval.
The True Born trilogy was one that over the course of the entire series I’ve run a bit hot and cold on my feelings. The ideas behind the plot are quite intriguing but it seems that after each installment I am left with a feeling of a bit of confusion and wanting so much more fleshed out with the story. This being the final book I was hoping for an awesome conclusion, or let’s face it at this point I’d settle for an acceptable conclusion but somehow this one seems to feel like it’s still the middle of a series and things left unsaid to me. I found myself still wishing certain things were fleshed out better than they ever were and wanting to know more while sifting through slower moments that really didn’t feel as relevant.
I’ve also never quite been a fan of the romance within this series and came to think of Jared as Jerky Jared with his brooding ways but I was hoping to at last feel the love between Lucy and Jared. Instead though Lucy seemed to run just as hot and cold and by the end I felt like either could move on as soon as the physical attraction dies out between the pair. Again it leads to feeling that if there was to be a love story it should have been given much more depth that the attraction and moodiness I felt I was experiencing.
So basically when finished with this series as a whole my feelings have never really been swayed. I’ve always thought there were some rather great ideas to the world but things needed more attention to really stand out and make me love them. I’ve hung around 2.5-3 stars for the first two books and my feelings really haven’t changed leaving me with a so-so feeling when finished reading.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
L.E. Sterling had an early obsession with sci-fi, fantasy and romance to which she remained faithful even 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 Y/A novel The Originals (under pen name L.E. Vollick) and the urban fantasy Pluto’s Gate. Originally hailing from Parry Sound, Ontario, L.E. spent most of her summers roaming across Canada in a van – inspiring her writing career. She currently lives in Toronto, Ontario.