Review: Naturals by Tiffany Truitt

May 26, 2013 2 - 2.5 Stars, Dystopia, Tiffany Truitt 1 ★★

Naturals by TIffany Truitt
Series: The Lost Souls # 2
Published by Entangled Teen on April 2, 2013
Genres: Dystopia
Pages: 352
Format: eARC
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.
Naturals, the second book in The Lost Souls series, has all of the key ingredients of a hundred dystopian novels before it:
  • Evil leaders who conduct even more evil experiments.
  • The haves and the have nots.
  • Protagonists constantly on the run.
  • A love triangle.

However, unlike the typical dystopian novel, the plot in Naturals seemed to creep by.  It all leads up to a major cliffhanger and a “surprise” that probably won’t be too much of a shock to anyone accustomed to these sorts of things.  There were some interesting discussions of science versus nature, and I could not help thinking that Tess probably would have been a high school debate champion in the normal world.

About that love triangle: Henry, who features most prominently in the story, seems to be chosen as a romantic possibility primarily due to the absence of Tess’s “real” love, James.  This does not make for a compelling triangle.  James makes an appearance later in the story, and he was a welcome presence because I’d grown tired of Tess and Henry, particularly since Henry was not terribly likable.

I don’t normally comment on covers I dislike, but I can’t ignore this one.  It’s just…not good.  From the font to the tagline to the placement of  the words, and mostly to the girl who looks blissfully serene – I just don’t get it.  What does this have to do with the story, and why does it look so cheap?  It does a great disservice to the story which, while not great, certainly deserves better than this.

Note – I was provided with an ARC by the publisher for review.

2 Stars

Review posted at  Goodreads.


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