True North is the second book in the True Born series 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.
Lucy and Margot are identical twins who are nearing their eighteenth birthday where they should go through what is known as the “Reveal”. At a reveal party it is announced whether each member of society of their will become either a Laster or Splicers. True Borns being feared are not something that is often spoke of so the sisters expect to be of the other two groups. But after numerous rounds of testing no one wants to admit to what the twins could be.
Now in True North the story picks up with Lucy Fox having been abandoned by her family in Dominion City and relying on the True Borns to try to help to save her sister. Lucy however finds that Storm, the leader of the True Born has his own agenda and decides to set off to Russia to find her sister taking their fate into her own hands.
I have to admit I debated quite a bit on continuing this series since I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book. I wasn’t impressed with the relationship between Jared and Lucy, he was a bit of a jerk to say the least. The world building left a lot to be desired and the story seemed to be a bit on the predictable side. But curiosity got the better of me with wondering what would happen in book two.
While I did like this one a bit more than the first book I still think it suffers from the problems mentioned. There’s just things I question about the world that we’ve been introduced to and it still seems that the story just goes on in a predictable manor. Maybe a huge ending would make me more of a fan but right now I think this series is just so-so in the young adult dystopian fantasy world even though it sounded like one I should/would love.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.