Tuesday, June 4, 2013

ONE by LeighAnn Kopans - Review and Giveaway!

@ LeighAnn Kopans

From Goodreads:

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.

This was the perfect sci-fi book for me. It's what I'd call lite sci-fi. The slow dance of Merrin's and Elias's relationship as it grows from first sight to first flight oozes romance. The future-world twist in ONE makes the cool science mechanics of Mutants and Supers and Normals and Ones all the more interesting and relatable – I mean who hasn't wanted to be something other than themselves when they were growing up? 

Imagine that feeling multiplied to the highest degree when you realize you'll never measure up to what you want most. And it has nothing to do with how hard you work, it just... is. This is Merrin's spot in life. She is a smart, stubborn girl who has decided to not play by the rules and I love her for it - I'd follow her anywhere (even though sometimes I want to shake her for not seeing what is unfolding right before her eyes). 

I'd even follow her into the creepy Biotech Hub. It is - wait, no spoilers. Sorry. 

Back to the spoiler free version: there are superpowers. Awe-inspiring superpowers! Some fun, classic powers and others that are too cool to not dream about forever. Without giving anything away: I want a twin Super. Now. Just saying.

And as if all of that isn't enough to suck a reader in, the gorgeous Nebraska scenery through Merrin's eyes as she pines to fly – then actually flies over golden cornfields and under starlit skies – is worth every page.

ONE is an evocative character driven story with real-to-life relationships, family ties, heartbreaking moments, and a heart-pounding ending. Debut author LeighAnn Kopans will have you eager for more! 

ONE releases June 11, 2013. 

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