Nina Oberon’s life was turned upside down when her mother was murdered and the secrets of her family’s involvement with the Resistance were revealed. Now Nina’s little sister Dee’s custody is being anonymously challenged, and this new drama sets off a string of events that puts Nina in a very precarious position with both the official Governing Council and the underground resistance. The stakes are higher than ever, and no matter what happens, Nina will have to fight to stand by the truth.
Julia Karr’s sequel to her debut novel, XVI, is full of conflict, suspense, and strong themes revolving around Nina’s fight for the truth. The custody issue and its consequences are drawn out well, leading Nina and Dee to seek shelter with friends of her father, the Jenkins family. Nina is shocked by how quickly things can change, but she remains determined to help the resistance in any way possible, even if it’s just by saving Joan, a broken character first introduced in XVI. However, Nina’s relationship with her boyfriend Sal suffers—are they really in love, or even on the same page? The conflict that develops when Sal’s absent through most of the book (and eyed by another girl in the resistance) couples with Nina’s growing attraction to Wei’s brother to make for some interesting angst. The book picks up towards the end as Wei, Nina, and their friends engineer a risky escape plan for Joan that goes wrong, taking Nina places she didn’t expect to go. There are a lot of questions that go unanswered in Truth that will leave readers wondering, and the open ending indicates a third book that will hopefully clear things up and find Nina is a better place than where she’s left off.