Series: True Born Trilogy #1
I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley from Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review.
This book had so much potential and I believe as a series it still may, but I honestly I have such mixed feelings about it.
The world-building was very chaotic for me and I was left feeling like I was missing important details about what had happened with The Plague and how these different types of people came to be. The author seems to be putting forth the idea of evolution, but then when explaining the concept gets bogged down in mythology relating to Mayan gods and supernatural elements like prophecy and witches. It was hard sometimes to tell just what world and what elements this author was trying to include, as at points in the book there would be a distinct sense that this must be a different world than our own, but then a Mercedes or other common device we use now would show up and pull me out of that science fiction element. This is what made it difficult decipher exactly what genre the author wanted this book to be in as it seemed to me it could cross Sci/Fi, Fantasy, Dystopian, Thriller, Mystery while still not being clear on any of them.
The books pacing was good and if you make it to halfway through that is where I definitely started to enjoy the narrative more. The intrigue and plot pick up more there and the author hits a good writing stride near the later portion. Unfortunately the main character Lucinda (Lucy) is very fickle in nature and so it can be hard to relate to her as a character and also to relate to the other characters she interacts with. This is especially true when it comes to her love interest, Jared. Her and Jared’s relationship starts off too instant attraction in my opinion but then they go for that love/hate dynamic that the author chooses to keep going throughout the book. I kept wondering why they pursued each other when Lucy seemed completely unable to trust Jared and Jared’s attraction to Lucy seemed much deeper than hers for him at times. However, their times together were some of the best parts of the book so I can’t complain too much.
The revolving characters around her are likable as well, especially her sister Margot, who doesn’t seem to do or say a lot but her rare moments of courage were enjoyable to read. And her parents were good additions as side antagonists, I really liked the development of the family dynamic and the way that everything unraveled and was discovered concerning the upper levels of society within Lucy’s life.
This author has an obvious desire for weaving a complex tale but I feel like there may have been too many elements she was trying to cram into this first novel. I would’ve liked to have seen more in-depth character backgrounds or world building than some of the things that just felt thrown in to advance the overall arch of the story. That being said though, this was still an interesting read and concept and I am looking forward to seeing how the author continues the story in the next book.