One by LeighAnn Kopans
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
THEME: Superhero, Romance
AUTHORS BLOG: Leigh Ann Kopans' Blog
REVIEW:As a die-hard comic book nerd I couldn’t wait to start reading One by Kopans. One is a fantastic story about a world with superheroes, it has romance, family drama, school life and teens that are coming of age and deciding what is best for them. It did have a mix of Sky High and the Incredibles, but in the end it’s all about the characters and how it is to be someone who is not normal.
One follows Merrin a young teen who is a ONE, meaning she is gifted with one part of her super ability and not the second half. Thus making her a ONE and not super enough to attend her high school Superior High. She transfers to Nelson High aka “Normal” High for ONE’s and normal kids. But once she meets three students that are just like her, the four of them start to discover their powers may be SUPER after all, but their may be a risk that could cost them?
Merrin is a shy and quiet girl, always known for being small and thin. Which of course goes with her ability to float and sadly not to fly as she would of hoped. But she is a determined girl and has her eyes set on working at the Hub, a place where supers work and hopefully she can find a way there too. This girl rocks, not only does she discover she can be happy just being herself but also has a kick butt ability. Once Merrin meets Elias a fellow One, they soon discover together their powers combine into something more powerful. But she starts to unfold a very unpleasant mystery in her town that will change her life and those closest to her forever. I felt for Merrin, she goes through a lot of emotional changes in her family life, her parents are put in a tough situation and her brothers are in danger. It’s a lot for one girl to handle but she does what I would of done or hoped to do.
Elias is a well-liked guy at Nelson High who immediately connects to Merrin when they first meet. I liked their sweet chemistry and that they are defiantly two peas in a pod. Elias is a One, as well as his two twin sisters who are Supers and have the ability to teleport. Their bond with their brother is strong; the readers get to see that through his point of view. Elias’ story is a tough one to explain without giving too much away. But he and Merrin are important to each other and for the first time ever didn’t mind the insta-love moment. I also loved Rosie, it’s the name of Elias’ house, which I would love to have one just like it. What I liked was the trust and friendship with each other and their two friends Leni and Daniel who are going through the same situation.
Overall I loved every bit of this story, the mystery, suspense, action, romance, and friendship, it was like reading a comic book without the pictures. I was immersed into what was happening two these four special teens and what dangers were awaiting for them so close to home. The villains and people involved with the threat were shocking in a way and also fitting for this type of storyline. Thank goodness there is going to be a second book because I’m ready for more ONE’s and to see what their next journey takes them too.
RECOMMENDATION:This is a young adult novel that will have all the comic book fans asking for more! Fans of Dark Star by Bethany Frenette and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi will love One by Leigh Ann Kopans.
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