Publisher: Entangled Teen (April 2013)
Genre: Dystopia, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Format: eARC (352 pages)
Source: Free book from publisher (netgalley) for honest review
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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)
Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.
At A Glance
Everything was going really well. The story was interesting and suspenseful. But then stupid decision after stupid decision was made and I just got sick of it.
I loved Chosen Ones, the first book of the series. It has been one of the dystopians that has really stood out to me. The world in these books is as bad as they come: human suppression, women are considered the problem, superior race taking over, death, mayhem, and government conspiracies. It’s all so horrible and wonderful at the same time.
Tess has finally gotten away from the people that want to kill her because she is different. She thinks for herself, wants more out of life, and she loves someone forbidden. But life in the rebel camp isn’t rainbows and unicorns either. Tess learns the hard way that hate and fear are universal, not even her supposed saviors are immune to ignorance do to fear of the unknown. I think Tess does the best she can to survive in her new world. She will always fight for what she believes in even if that makes her the outcast. I feel so bad for Tess. She can’t seem to catch a break. But she always has her friends to rely on. I really hope she can start some real change in the next book because so far she is just getting beaten down again and again.
Henry is such an emotional character. He has hate buried deep inside because of his past and it makes him unpredictable. Sometimes he’s an amazing friend, but other times he is just despicable. James was the same goodhearted but fierce boyfriend to Tess. He really would do anything for her. But it was Lockwood, the new addition, that I feel for. He is so funny, sarcastic, and loyal. I love his outlook on life and love. You can’t help but respect this guy.
I liked the story overall. Though Naturals wasn’t as good as Chosen Ones, it was still one hell of an adventure. I am happy with the world building. I finally got some answers to questions I had left with the first book but I still have more. The writing was good, as was the dialogue. I am excited for the next book.
OMG, I never seen so many stupid decisions made in one book. I was literally pulling out my hair in frustration. It was never so obvious that these really are a bunch of kids playing rebellion than it was in this book. There is no planning, no logic when this group runs out on missions or situations, they just go and figure they will play it by ear. Yeah, the perfect way to go into life and death situations, right? *sigh*
The first half had a little too many flashbacks for my taste. I just wanted to stick with the present because that was more exciting.
The first two-thirds felt a little disjointed from the last one-third. The beginning and middle were about Tess and her new life at the rebel camps and the last part was all about James and “the mission.” I wish the story was more cohesive.
Tess and Henry get close in this book. But I never liked Henry so that wasn’t something I was rooting for. I loved when James came back into the picture, but he and Tess barely had any time together at all. But they are still a cute couple. And I loved that they moved their relationship forward.
There is some good old fashion young adult sex in this book. Kissing, groping, and nakedness, oh my!
I really hope Tess and the rest of the crew smarten up in the next book. If they do, then I am so there. I think Truitt is a good writer who knows how to tell a great story. But even young adults need to make logical decisions to survive any world. Just saying. Recommended.
“I can’t help but wonder if there has ever been a place where freedom truly existed. I think freedom is what mankind fears most in the world. When you’re free, you can’t blame anyone or anything for who you become.”
“Did you two eat some mushrooms you found in the woods?” Eric asked, resting his rifle against his chest. Clearly, he was welcoming the break as well.
“Bad idea, I did that once on a hike for supplies, and let me tell you… whew, the things I saw. One time, I swear these fairy things with the largest bo–“