So, everyone knows that I generally have some heavy thoughts when it comes to sequels. What were my thoughts when I picked up Naturals?
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.
Chosen Ones became one of my new favorite dystopias last year, and I sat on pins and needles waiting for the sequel. I’m excited to say that Naturals was just as amazing and didn’t disappoint, and now I’m eagerly awaiting the next yet again!
The world that Tiffany Truitt has built is intense and gritty. It’s in your face from the moment you begin reading. The most noticeable thing in the sequel would be the character changes. Where Tess was a bit naïve and still learning a lot in the first book, by the second, she has developed and grown into a strong and smart character full of edge. At times she felt a bit too judgmental or clingy to things/ideas, and I found this underlying message through this development. Henry aggravated me often and I don’t want to go into detail in fear of spoilers because of this being a sequel review--but I wasn’t a fan of his character. This sequel was more about the character development than the action for me I think, though the action was still there, the details gritty and gripping, and I enjoyed every bit of it. I particularly liked learning more about the wider part of this world outside of Templeton, the Isolationists and their lifestyle, and the dangers that kept me on edge and reading.
This is not a series you want to miss.
Welcome Ms. Truitt!
2. Hero - Regina Spektor
3. Hurricane - 30 Seconds to Mars
4. Born to Die - Lana Del Rey
5. Come Alive - Foo Fighters
6. Windowstill - Arcade Fire
7. My Body is a Cage - Arcade Fire
8. Closer - Kings of Leon
9. Awake My Soul - Mumford and Sons
10. Running Up that Hill – Placebo
11. Paradise – Coldplay
Me: Such fantastic music. I love SO much of this! :) Thank you, Ms. Truitt for stopping by with your own personal soundtrack today!
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