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Peek Inside True Born

After the great Plague descended, the population was decimated...and humans' genetics damaged beyond repair. But there's something about Lucy Fox and her identical twin sister, Margot, that isn't quite right. No one wants to reveal what they are.

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2017 Athena Award for Excellence in Young Adult & New Adult Fiction Winner

Your fate is in your blood…

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 identical twin sister, Margot. After endless tests, no one wants to reveal what they are.

When Margot disappears, a desperate Lucy has no choice but to put her faith in the True Borns, led by the charismatic leader, Nolan Storm, and the beautiful but deadly Jared, who tempts her as much as he infuriates her. As Lucy and the True Borns set out to rescue her sister, they stumble upon a vast conspiracy stretching from Dominion’s street preachers to shady Russian tycoons. But why target the Fox sisters?

As they say in Dominion, it’s in the blood.


"The story has so many twists and turns it keeps you on the edge of your seat." --Lisa Mandina, Goodreads

"Being totally honest my very first thoughts upon finishing this book were "Oh wow, brilliant, so different to other "dystopian"/" Shifter" books out at the moment! I want more please sign me up now!" So what else can I say? Brilliant read!" --Jean, Goodreads

"True Born is one of my new favorites- a really fantastic YA fantasy." --Olivia, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633753259
Series: True Born Trilogy, Book 1
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Page Count: 322
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: coming of age/family/social issues, overcoming odds

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By Danielle's April 14, 2018

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 s ...more

By S.J. March 24, 2016


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 oth ...more

By Morris June 01, 2016

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 expla ...more

By Melissa (YA Book Shelf) January 09, 2016

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, partic ...more

By Lisa July 19, 2016

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 ...more

By nat. May 30, 2016

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 g ...more

By Ria February 27, 2017

Full Review to Follow@...

The End, remember those bombs I told you about? Yep…That happens but seriously Storm reveals some of his cards and Lucy and Margot? Well there is not much that can be done but they sure try. The ending was a little sad but the promise ...more

By Barb (Boxermommyreads) May 10, 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 Plagu ...more

By Laura May 05, 2016

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 ...more

By Sandra "Jeanz" March 30, 2016

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 wi ...more

By Eileen (BookCatPin) May 12, 2016

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 ...more

By Moriah April 17, 2016

*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 ...more

By Ashley May 03, 2016

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 ...more

By Connie (hoot reads books) May 12, 2016

Welcome to today's pit stop for the True Born blog tour hosted by Raincoast Books! Check out my full review and author Q&A with LE Sterling on my blog at hoot reads books. ...more

By Katherine April 17, 2017

Margot and Lucy and twin, but their personalities could not be more different. Margot is the charming, fun sought after twin, where as Lucy is the rule follower who always tries to take care of her twin and live up to her parents's high expectations. As their 18th birthday comes closer, the girls go ...more

By Novel May 11, 2018

I haven't read a fantasy that gripped me like this since A Court of Thorns and Roses from Sara J. Maas or Roar by Cora Carmack. I couldn't pull myself out of this read, it was thrilling from the start to the very last word.

Margot and Lucy were everything. I could honestly reread this entire series f ...more

By Jessica April 12, 2018

4.5 stars

This introduction to the True Born trilogy sets up the major players, a background of how the plague caused a dystopian society, explains the three castes of people and their rights and expectations, all while narrated by a smart sounding 17-year old girl. The writing is great, the plot is ...more

By Angela March 30, 2017

20/5 whether I rated it that way because of Lucy and Jared's relationship I will not disclose ...more

By Anna lost in stories *A* September 04, 2019

First of all, I need to say that I received the ARC of this fantastic book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion :) and I am very glad I requested it :) I'm not gonna lie, the cover was the first thing that caught my attention when I was looking around there for some boo ...more

By Bookmafia April 15, 2016

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Teens&YA

Age: 16+ ( some violence and a complex plot)

Recommendation: Absolutely. This story is unique and a great start to a series!

Type: Series, this is book one of three.

Summary: +unique +descriptive writing and great world building +vulnerable but not annoying heroine +swoon ...more

By Andrea February 01, 2017

Loved, loved, loved this book. Story line moves at a steady pace. Characters are well rounded and it is cryptic enough to keep me guessing(which is hard to do with most books I read)It had me crying out to read the second book. I am now eagerly waiting it to be published, hopefully in April 2017. I ...more

By Holly May 11, 2018

This is the third time I've tried to write this review and twice it's been deleted (my fault), so my apologies in advance if this isn't very long. But that's okay, if I went on for too long I'd just be repeating over and over in every way I know how JUST HOW FREAKING MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK. So, it's ...more

By Erica April 14, 2016

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 page-turning stars.

Young Adult age-range: 14+ due to violent content.

I'm not going to give a play-by-play of the story, ruining it with spoilers. So below is basically an overview of the beginning setup and my overall enjoyment. ...more

By Meghan Lloyd August 19, 2016

This was an exceptionally well-written book! It's the kind of book that makes me wonder, Where has this author been all my life?

The world-building was amazing! I really was able to put myself in the world, visualize the destruction of Dominion, and understand the politics of what I would call an ap ...more

By Olivia April 04, 2018

Enjoyable read with a strong female character. The writing was fluid and quite pretty. My main complaint was not really understanding certain details of the world building (are all True Borns shifters? Can others shift?). I‘d also hoped Sterling would explain what the twins were at the end to offer ...more

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L.E. Sterling

About the author

L.E. Sterling

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. True Born, first in the True Born trilogy, won the Athena Award® from the RWA. 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, Canada.

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