2 3/4 out of 5 stars.
Merrin Grey is a One. She lives is a time and place where Supers and Normals live together. Normals are you average everyday human, but Supers are gifted individuals whose genes have been mutated; yes, they have super-powers. In the United States, Supers and Normals live peaceably together, no need for segregation (unlike before) between the two different groups of people. But Merrin Grey is even more different from the Normals and the Supers. She’s a One. Being a One means that your powers have only half manifested; not very many are Ones, but there are others out there who are like her. She has always wanted to get her Second, and everyday just before dark she practices using her One: she hovers. Inch by inch she gets higher and higher off of the ground, but she has never been able to fly. What’s the point in being a genetically mutated human if you don’t have a power? What does that make her? A freak, that’s what it makes her! Life is hard enough as it is, but adding “freak” to the mix makes it a lot worse. And Merrin can’t take it anymore, she wont take it anymore. Something has got to change. And she wants to be the One who changes it.
They say war is hell, well Merrin thinks high school is hell. After a few bad experiences, she has learned to blend into her surroundings; don’t get noticed and nothing bad will happen. But Merrin has always wanted recognition, not at school, but somewhere where it matters, where she can be of value to others and make a real difference. The Hub is her dream. Both her parents work there, and she wants to be apart of it one day, too. Science is the key to the Supers’ genetics, and also her’s. She wants to help those like her, help fix them so they get their Second and can be worth something. She wants to fix herself. But if you want to work for the Hub you have to be a real Super, and her One just wont cut it. Although the odds are against her, Merrin is determined to get her dream job, and she wont stop until she reaches that goal. All she needs is to survive high school, get into the Hub’s internship, and impress the people there, not with her powers, but with her competence in the field of chemistry. Soon, though, her carefully laid out plans are derailed when a boy named Elias enters her life. His kindness disarms Merrin, and she finds herself falling, quite quickly, for him. The two of them share a secret that could help bring them closer together, or make others want to pull them apart: their both Ones, but together, they can be Supers. Can the two of them put their plans aside in the name of love, and what about the Hub, which seemed so perfect before but now appears to have some very unsavory plans for the Supers? Can Elias and Merrin work together to help others like them, and take down the Hub before it’s to late to protect the ones they love, even themselves?
My sister and I have been fawning over this book for quite a while now, and both of us have wanted to read “One” by Leigh Ann Kopans but never got around to purchasing it. Months later, and here we are! I have finally bought it! This is probably what I looked like when I saw it being pulled out of the bubble-wrapped envelope it was sent in:
Yay!!!! So pretty! And for being a self published book, it has a really well done cover; when you open it the softcover does not crease and the binding hasn’t cracked despite the fact that it is a fairly large (350 pages) book. Victory!!! I love a well built and durable cover! Okay, so enough of what’s on the outside. Let us see what is in this book…
Leigh Ann Kopans is a good writer and I could see that from the very first chapter. “One” is well written and Merrin has her own voice. Yes, it is first person present tense, so you are in her head, but some books have the problem of individuality. The point is, they have non. With some books I can’t seem to remember which character belongs to which story because all of them sound the same and think alike. I never had that kind trouble with Merrin. I felt she had her own voice the whole time, and although she wasn’t my favorite heroine, I could read her perspective just fine. She is a fairly well developed character, so that is another plus.
One of its downfalls of this book is that it has insta-love. Yes, I said it, insta-love. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy a good romance in a book, but insta-love just rubs me the wrong way. I love it when characters get to know each other, then they start to fall for each other. I can even handle a weird curiosity between the good-girl and the bad-boy in a book. Okay, I can handle that. What bothers me is when the two characters feel an “instant” connection, and the next chapter they fall in love with one another. Pooh, pooh! Three days after their first meeting in the hallways of their school, Elias and Merrin are all lovey dovey. Please, just give it three weeks, two weeks even! You don’t even know anything about the guy except he has a nice music room (yes, she went home with him two days after they met. No, not like that! Get you mind out of the gutter, people!) and he’s rich, and yet you two are cuddling! Why? Maybe I’m too logical, but that just doesn’t make sense. You don’t even know him!!! That just spells out trouble in my opinion. Is it so hard as an author to add ten pages to a book, just so the main characters can get to know each other before they say “I love you”? I could accept that, but three days is a little bit too much to ask of me. I guess this kinda makes me a bad person, but insta-love bothers me.
The concept of “One” is good. There were a bunch of wars that happened inside the U.S.A, and the Uranium (or whatever) caused the Great Lakes up by Michigan to become polluted. People drank the water and died, but there were those who lived. These are the people who turned into Supers. Mutation, man. Lovin’ it! In eccense, it is a great concept. I love science, so I was super (no pun intended) excited to see where Kopans went with it. But sadly, for me, the science wasn’t well explained. I’m definitely not a whiz at Chem or Bio, but I have taken a few classes that I really enjoyed, and I did okay. But with this book, I was lost. Leigh Ann Kopans, when she did explain it, didn’t go into much detail. It felt to me as if she either didn’t understand the science herself, or she was writing to a Chem major who should just understand what she is talking about. I wanted it to be more thoroughly explained. It wasn’t, and for me, it was hard to get into the book because I felt so distant from the concept. It would have been better for me if she hadn’t even gone into it all, because then I wouldn’t have cared. But I do. I have read a couple of authors (Myra McEntire is one) who built this whole world of imaginary science with a just a touch of truth to it. They explained it soooo well, that even though it was complete fantasy, I felt like it could be real. There was a shelf of truth they built their imaginary world on, and the foundation held it steady. With “One” I felt that the only Scientific Fact was that cells do mutate. Maybe I’m a moron, but I felt like it didn’t make any sense. I understand the concept, but it was too glossed over for me to really get into it.
One thing I did like about “One” was Leni and Daniel, Elias’ friends. They were really nice, and good friends to even Merrin who they barely knew. They were in it very little, but I enjoyed the moments I had with them. “One” by Leigh Ann Kopans is a well written book, and it has an interesting concept; Super heroes who only have half of their powers makes for an intriguing story. But “One” just wasn’t my favorite book. I think that for me there were too many draw backs (there a was a bit of language, too) for me to LOVE it. I think if the romance had been better or if the scientific facts had been explained more, I would have enjoyed this book a lot more. There was just too much insta-love on top of the science thing (or vice versa) that I couldn’t fall in love with the story or its characters.
Alright, I am going to rate “One” a bit differently than I have in my other reviews. So, here goes nothing.
1.The writing is worth a three (out of five). The romance and chemistry between the main characters is a low two to a one for me.
2. The characters by themselves are worth a low three (Leni and Daniel are a three and a half).
3. The execution is a three because, in this book, Leigh Ann didn’t delve that deep into the past, and I felt that it almost would have been better to just NOT explain any of the science than only a little bit of it.
I feel bad, but I thought that it was just an okay book. I know a lot of people loved “One”, but I guess it just wasn’t for me because by the time I finished it, I looked like this:
Leigh Ann Kopans is a talented writer, this book just wasn’t my favorite. Sorry!!!
I’m soooooooo SORRY!!!!!!