05 April 2013

{Book Review} One

By: Me My Shelf And I | 05 April 2013 at 8:06 AM | | | | |

Author: Leigh Ann Kopans
Pages: 374
Release Date: June 11, 2013
Format: ARC
Rating: 4 Birds

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.
It makes you a One.
Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.
If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.
Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.
Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

At first, I didn’t like Merrin’s extreme distrust of people or her highly self-imposed loner-ism. Both seemed too much right out of the gate, especially when Elias only showed niceness, and the worst from anyone else was indifference. But as we learned more about Merrin’s past, her reactions and behaviors made much more sense, and her attitude grew on me. Her shift towards trust only came after sincere gestures, the overwhelming discovery that she could fly with Elias’s help, and the realization that she was not the only One who struggled to find their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them.

The big, evil plans that threaten Merrin, Elias, their friends, and family stems from good, but became twisted somewhere down the line—as these things usually do. Their discoveries snowballed—hints at first, to snippets, to a rapid succession of plots. While this pattern works well, I wished Merrin had caught some of it earlier; after all, she was highly suspicious of everyone’s motives in the beginning. I don’t quite believe that Elias, Leni, and David would undo her entire life’s worth of emotional damage and distrust.

Throughout ONE, Kopans mentions the science and writings on the mutations that give people their powers, but we never get a good look at it. I would have loved to see a little more of this, especially since Merrin is studying it. But maybe that’s something we get to see in the sequel.

I also look forward to learning more about the history of the Supers and how that affects Merrin’s experience. Kopans has the opportunity to really dig into a potentially deep back story that creates all of the tension between Supers and Normals—and their mutual dislike of Ones.

I’m excited to follow the adventures of Merrin and Elias on their path to freedom and acceptance. Hopefully the sequel answers my questions and gives us all high flying action and romance.





  1. Hmmm. This one sounds really interesting. And I kind of love that cover. Also, your review makes me want to pick this one up.

  2. I like the sound of this one! Thanks for the review! I haven't heard of it before!

  3. It's always a shame when some information and background story lacks, but I still like the sound of this book. I was drawn to this book by it's cover and I will keep an eye out for more reviews. Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)


  4. I really want to read this one. I'm glad it got better for you as it went on. It sounds interesting!


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