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Naturals

de Tiffany Truitt

Séries: Lost Souls (2)

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Ripped away from those she loves most, Tess is heartbroken as her small band of travelers reaches the Isolationist camp in the mysterious and barren Middlelands. Desperate to be reunited with James, the forbidden chosen one who stole her heart, she wants nothing to do with the rough Isolationists, who are without allegiance in the war between the Westerners and Easterners. But having their protection, especially for someone as powerful as Tess, may come at a cost.When James returns, Tess's world once again feels complete--until she discovers her sister, Louisa, has taken up her old post at Templeton, the dangerous chosen ones training center and the site of Tess's loss of innocence. Tess will do anything to protect her loved ones--but will the price be more than she can give?This second book in Tiffany Truitt's dystopian series is a thought-provoking, thrilling story that asks who the true enemy really is--the chosen ones who are different, or the naturals...who are just like us.… (mais)
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After finishing Chosen Ones, I was antsy to start this. It wasn’t hard to fall for Tess and James, their connection and love was something I enjoyed so much in the first book. After learning a lot about the world the Chosen Ones live in, it was nice to learn about the Naturals, their beliefs and ways of life.

Tess is still trying to find a home with the isolationist’s, which hasn’t been easy for her. She has learned something about her self that isn’t east to deal with and not just that but what the isolationist’s want from her. Tess is finally starting to rebuild her friendship with Henry. I think Tess has come a long way from the confused and angry girl from before, she is determined and much stronger. Henry was a different story, seeing just how broken he was heart breaking, he hold such hatred for the world they live in. I couldn’t help but to feel for him. We don’t really see much of James until later inn the book, and that is right about the time when everything hits the fan. But their time together was still sweet even with the world around them being in chaos.

The world building was wonderful, the isolationist’s camp is a rough environment, and all of them work so hard for everything, their food, their water, and showers. Their living arrangements weren’t much better. This is a world that I couldn’t imagine myself living in, but the way it was described was so vivid, and disturbing at the same time. And it was easy to see why these people have such tough shells when it came to their personalities. Tess is still trying to figure out who to trust, and when you think you know who the enemies are, the twists that take place changes things.

The things about this that stood out for me was the character development, Tess and Henry, and even Robert was remarkable, and the plot just thicken with each page. But the jaw dropping ending was the one thing I didn’t see coming, and left me dumbfounded. I don’t think the installment is going to come soon enough. This is a fabulous series, with forbidden romance, a world that is both frightening and intriguing. The Lost Souls series is not one to be missed.
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  jeneaw | Sep 30, 2013 |
My Rating – 3 Stars

*I received a digital copy of this novel from Netgalley on behalf of Entangled Teen*

This review will contain spoilers for the first book in the series, Chosen Ones. You can go here to read my review for the Chosen Ones.

Tess, with the help of the rebels, her Chosen One boyfriend James, her childhood friend Henry, and her brother-in-law Robert has escaped the Council. Tess is one of the few women in the world that can reproduce. That makes her valuable to the rebels and dangerous to the council.

She’s forced to leave James behind and half of the rebel community hates her because she had a relationship with a Chosen One or what they call an “abnorm”. She does make a few friends, McNair, one of the rebels who traveled with her, Sharon an older woman that’s also able to produce children, and Lockwood, a teenage boy she’s been assigned to work with.

Lockwood is extremely likeable. He’s a bit of a loner but is full of witty one liners. Sharon is a leader and also something of a broodmare. She is the only woman in the colony that can reproduce and let’s just say…she has.

Most of the book is her and Henry adjusting to her their new life. The rebel community does not them well, in fact at one time, they dump shit on her. (literally. shit.) And her worrying about the younger sister she treated like crap for most of the first book and then abandoned. And plotting how to get her back.

I still find the basic plot very interesting. Though it still is not explained why women can no longer have children, it is hinted that the Council had something to do with it and it started long before the war and the council taking over. Which makes me wonder the backstory of the war, I mean deeper than the one Tess gives.

However….

The summary gives away part of the plot twist and most of the events in the summary don’t happen until the last 20% of the book. Tess is twice as bratty and whiney. Within a few days of her and James being separated, she is looking at Henry’s lip and “missing being kissed.” The LOVE OF YOUR LIFE has only been gone a few days and you’re already like “damn…I need some dick…” Ugh.

She totally uses Henry and I hate that. Henry ain’t exactly perfect either and he definitely pulls some bullshit but Tess just uses him and tosses him aside. (Reminds me of another popular young adult series…..)

Another issue I have is the rebels only saved Tess because they thought she would take over for Sharon trying to repopulate the Earth with Naturals. I find that deeply disturbing.

There are a few other plot holey-things that bother me like her mother’s alcoholism and the fact that the Council only creates male Chosen Ones. But a huge plot twist at the very end of the book will probably make me pick up the next book.

It’s not all that bad for a quick beach read but I wouldn’t invest much into the series.

Read this review and more at Punk's House of Books ( )
  Punkfarie | Jul 19, 2013 |
I enjoyed Chosen Ones, but can easily say that Naturals is better. You can certainly tell that this is Ms. Truitt's second book. The plotting and pacing are better, and the characters more relatable. I found Tess, especially, to be extremely strong in this installment. She was much more willing to confront her feelings and think about how her upbringing impacted her. I liked her strength of character and her conviction that what she was doing was right. For me, the main draw of this book is Tess, and I was really pleased to see her growth.

I also liked that this book helped further establish the dystopian world used in this series. Tess is away from the compound, out in the so-called "wilds", and you really got a better sense of what the world was like through her journey to the Isolationists' camp. It was interesting to see the stark contrast between compound life and the life these people chose to live away from everyone. It was very much reminiscent of the pioneers' journey out west back in the early days of the United States, when food was not in abundance and everything had to be gained through physical work of some sort. Since Tess was "pampered" for most of her life, she finds the transition difficult, and I found her journey to be extremely realistic and well done.

"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." - 81%


This book is much more action-packed, even though a large portion of it is taken up by Tess' learning to fend for herself and work to keep herself and the community alive and thriving. Even though she is supposedly safe, there is a definite sense of threat underlying everything, and this is ratcheted up when she becomes ill. I was really pleased that we got to see James again, even though Henry's actions leading up to their reunion really rubbed me the wrong way. He is such an angry character, and while I suppose some of it is warranted, I can't get behind his actions or thoughts, and really found myself not liking him at all. Like the contrast between Tess' previous life and the one at the camp, James and Henry are so different from each other. I like that James really seems to respect Tess' decisions and is willing to let her lead, whereas Henry wants to be the one in control and do what he feels is best for her, regardless of her feelings on the subject. I will be interested to see how their relationship progresses with the events at the end of the book.

Naturals is a much faster read than its predecessor. Tess is more likable, and the reader is really able to get inside her head and understand her feelings and where she's coming from. I loved seeing her personal growth, and can only hope that continues, even with the reveal at the end. I like how she still struggles to not be the girl the Council turned her into, and the steps she's taking to ensure she lives her life according to her own rules. If you liked Chosen Ones, you definitely need to pick up Naturals, as it is an extremely solid continuation of the series. Just be forewarned that the ending will leave you extremely anxious and impatient for the as-yet-unnamed final installment!

An e-galley was provided by the publisher for blog tour purposes. ( )
  ahandfulofconfetti | May 20, 2013 |
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.

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. ( )
  alwaysyaatheart | Apr 30, 2013 |
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Ripped away from those she loves most, Tess is heartbroken as her small band of travelers reaches the Isolationist camp in the mysterious and barren Middlelands. Desperate to be reunited with James, the forbidden chosen one who stole her heart, she wants nothing to do with the rough Isolationists, who are without allegiance in the war between the Westerners and Easterners. But having their protection, especially for someone as powerful as Tess, may come at a cost.When James returns, Tess's world once again feels complete--until she discovers her sister, Louisa, has taken up her old post at Templeton, the dangerous chosen ones training center and the site of Tess's loss of innocence. Tess will do anything to protect her loved ones--but will the price be more than she can give?This second book in Tiffany Truitt's dystopian series is a thought-provoking, thrilling story that asks who the true enemy really is--the chosen ones who are different, or the naturals...who are just like us.

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