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Naturals picks up where Chosen Ones leaves off. Tess, Henry, an
Naturals picks up where Chosen Ones leaves off. Tess, Henry, and Robert are making their way to the Isolationalist Camp, after Tess sadly and reluctantly has to leave James behind. Breaking free from a world where a government indoctrinated belief system has taught that humanity, or Naturals, were a weakness, especially the women, resulting in the creation of the Chosen Ones, a superior race designed to rule and protect. The Isolationalist did not live by these rules, and because of Tess' unique ability to be able to have children, she had been granted help from this group. Tess soon finds that she has to work really hard to prove herself to those in the Isolationalist camp. She also discovers a whole new kind of prejudice against her, and even more so against Robert, even though he is working to help them. She and Henry draw closer in their relationship, especially when Tess thinks she will never see James again, but Henry isn't quite honest about everything. They face a whole new set of issues and have to learn to adapt to a different lifestyle, culture, and way of doing things, facing danger from within the compound and without. Then, when James returns with news that Louisa, Tess' sister, is now serving at Templeton in her place, things get even more complicated, and culminate in something no one sees coming.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I enjoyed this second installment in The Lost Souls Series. I liked watching Tess's character grow and adapt. We get to see a lot more of Henry in this book, but I have to say that I am team James all the way and missed him not being in a big part of the book, though he does show up towards the end. I am rooting for James and Tess to find a way to be together, and the last few chapters of the book ended up being the most exciting. I also enjoyed getting to know Lockwood, who ends up being a really good friend to Tess. The ending was something I did not see coming and is a bit of a cliffhanger that has left me dying to know where the story will go from here. There are many surprises, twists, and turns in Naturals. If you enjoy dystopian novels coupled with science fiction, as well as romance, danger, and a little mystery, then The Lost Souls series is something you may want to check out. I enjoyed Naturals, and I a looking forward to the next installment.
Posted April 28, 2013
This is the second book in the Lost Souls series and while she
This is the second book in the Lost Souls series and while she does give you a lot of information to fill in some of the blanks if you haven't read the first book, I am really glad that I had. (Check out my review of Chosen Ones.) There may be some spoilers from Chosen Ones in my review below.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Naturals picks up where Chosen Ones left off - Tess has finally escaped Templeton, with her childhood friend Henry and brother-in-law Robert, but she has left behind the two people she loves most - her younger sister Louisa and James, the chosen one that awoke in her all the feelings that the Council had tried to snuff out.
Tess is on the run because it has been discovered that she is actually fertile and would be able to live if she were to get pregnant. In the wasteland that has become the U.S. after the wars, women have lost the ability to bear children. Her own sister, Emma, died in childbirth, and so she has seen in first hand. The Council would like nothing more than for the 'natural' human race to die out. They have no need for them since they have started creating the perfect 'chosen ones.' Both races have been taught to hate the other one, but somehow James and Tess got past those early lessons.
Now Tess is in the midlands at an Isolationist community, and is finding that prejudices run deep both ways. That even in this 'free' community, there are still those in power who want to take away the rights of some. She does discover though that there is another one like her, able to have kids, living in the community. That is pretty much the only thing they have in common though. Sharon has had 8 children, though only 5 have lived. Tess is pretty sure that she doesn't want to become another Sharon. She can't imagine having sex with any man who wants to try to have a child. Tess is pretty standoffish with her and doesn't understand why Sharon keeps going out of her way to help her.
Then there is Lockwood. Tess is partnered up with him to learn what her job in the community is going to be - milking cows and taking care of other livestock. Lockwood turns out to be a really good friend to Tess, proving that men and women can just be friends. Tess's friendship with Henry is more complicated than that. She doesn't think she will ever see James again, and having Henry close is reminding her of all the feelings that she had for James and awakening desires that she is not sure she wants.
I loved this book and flew through it in a day. I can't wait for the third book as this one leaves you hanging on wanting more!
Posted April 2, 2013
I pulled an all-nighter for this one. This book was nothing short of amazing. There were many twist and turns, cringe worthy moments and things that just made you saw "Awww". The book starts where the previous one left off and things get wild from there. While in this new place Tess must make the best of it. In the middle it dragged on a bit in some places yet picked up near the end. Be warned, the end leaves on a cliff hanger. I wanted to shield my eyes at one part, not that it was gross but so shocking! There was a constant string of "OMG" moments that still have me reeling.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As far as sequels go, the author aced it. It levels off nicely with the first novel, if not a bit better. Like the last book, this one left me aching for another. Five stars!
Posted January 9, 2014
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