Today, I am so excited to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Naturals by Tiffany Truitt, the sequel to Chosen Ones. Tiffany is a long-time friend of Novel Novice (and the founder of our original sister site, Novel Novice Twilight). We’re delighted to be spotlighting her second book today!
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I am so honored to once again be hosted by Novel Novice during my blog tour for The Lost Souls Series. I have known Sara for quite a bit, and I am still convinced her site is one of the best around!
Today, I will be talking about the literary influences of Naturals, the second book in my series. Book two continues in the tradition of referencing and paying homage to other literary works. In a world where books are outlawed by an all-consuming government, the characters in the novels crave the forbidden literary fruits of knowledge.
Book One of The Lost Souls Series was primarily inspired by two literary works: Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Book Two was inspired by the following works:
William Shakespeare’s – The Merchant of Venice
This wonderful play by the Bard explores ideas of identity and race. In fact, it attempts to answer an important question during Shakespeare’s time: how do we define other-ness? Throughout the novel, both chosen ones and naturals attempt to define the other. What makes one human? Tess uses the play during a key conflict in the novel.
Thomas Hardy’s —Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Early in the first novel, James tells Tess that she is named after the main character in this novel. When Tess inquires more about the book, James tells her she is not ready. And she wasn’t. Book two sees Tess enter a whole new world, a world where she must finally learn to speak for herself—something Tess of the D’Urbervilles found difficult to do. Throughout the novel, Tess reads the story of the other Tess, hoping she can avoid her mistakes. Tess of the D’Urbervilles is a cautionary tale about female identity and sexuality, and these are two themes focused on throughout the series.
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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.
About Tiffany Truitt:
Tiffany Truitt was born in Peoria, Illinois. A self-proclaimed Navy brat, Tiffany spent most of her childhood living in Virginia, but don’t call her a Southerner. She also spent a few years living in Cuba. Since her time on the island of one McDonalds and Banana Rats (don’t ask), she has been obsessed with traveling. Tiffany recently added China to her list of travels (hello inspiration for a new book).
Besides traveling, Tiffany has always been an avid reader. Tiffany spent most of her high school and college career as a literary snob. She refused to read anything considered “low brow” or outside the “classics.”
Tiffany began teaching middle school in 2006. Her students introduced her to the wide, wonderful world of Young Adult literature. Today, Tiffany embraces popular Young Adult literature and uses it in her classroom. Tiffany is proud to call herself an educator and Young Adult author.