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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!