Review: One by Leigh Ann Kopans

Written By: Kellie - Jul• 05•13

one leigh ann kopansSeries: One Universe, #1
Publish Date: May 29th, 2013
Source: Purchased

Rating: 4/5 – One part X-Men, three parts awesome!

About the book: 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. -Goodreads

Thoughts: Alright guys, you’re going to have to read One by Leigh Ann Kopans. It’s such a good story! This is an indie title from debut author Leigh Ann Kopans, and if the present alone hasn’t grabbed your interest then just wait for the buzz to hit you, if it hasn’t already. People are talking about this book and for good reason.

Merrin Grey wants to be something more. She was born with the potential to be a Super but when onlyone ability manifested, she eventually had to admit her limitations. Or did she? Even after being sent to a high school for normals, this girl keeps trying to reach her full potential. Meanwhile, there’s interesting developments coming up around her, both scientifically and politically. There are a lot of different levels to this story, and I enjoyed every one of them.

The world Leigh Ann Kopans created for the One Universe could almost be called realistic superheroes. Some people developed special abilities, most didn’t, and getting back to some sort of normal society hasn’t been a smooth ride for anyone. I love stories like these, where it’s not all about what these people can do, but what their abilities mean on a grander scale. It always makes for an interesting read, and One is no exception.

The ending did get a little muttled and confusing for me as there were a lot of things happening at once, mixed with important details that probably could have been thrown in a little earlier in the book. All the same, I AM SO EXCITED for Two, which comes out later this year. Highly recommended!

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