- Publisher: Self Published
- Publish Date: June 11th, 2013
- Source: ARC provided by the author for review
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 sounded way too cool to pass up. I am a sucker for superpowers and stuff like that, so of course when I was approached about reviewing this, my answer was yes. I was not disappointed at all. This was fun, exciting, romantic, and fabulous! I really liked getting to know the characters, discovering the secrets that everyone is hiding, and the adventure of the whole thing. It was a page turner from the first page to the last!
Merrin is a One which means she only has one power. To be a Super you need to have two. She can float, but without being able to control the air, she can never fly. Basically to her that amounts to her being a big nothing. She always hoped that her second power would emerge, but it never does. She starts going to the regular high school with the normals. She makes some really great friends, and also meets Elias, who becomes more than a friend. She's a really cool chick. Besides being a little obsessive over her need to fly, she's smart, down to earth, and she plays drums!! She is fiercely loyal to those who she cares about too. Besides her having a power, she seemed very real and I liked her.
Elias is a really cool guy. He is great to Merrin and his other friends. He is also a One along with the group of friends he hangs out with. He has a lot of secrets he is hiding, but you can tell how much he really cares about Merrin. He will do anything for her and I adored that about him. The romance was believable too. It did move a little quick, but they understood each other in a way that others couldn't. I just wish that he hadn't kept some things from Merrin, but I get why he did.
I also loved the other characters. Their group of friends was great, and the parents were a great part too. I liked that the parents played a part in the book. I am so happy to see more and more books making sure to have that aspect to them recently. The parents in this have quite a few of their own secrets too and it was interesting to see them come out and how it affected all of the kids!
This was a great mix of sci-fi and superhero. I loved that things were explained a little bit too and we weren't just thrown into the story just being told that some people have powers and some don't. We get the history, and what's a little bit more fun is we get to know a little about it from both the Super teachings, and the Normals teaching. If you are looking for a great book that has a fantastic mix of romance, friendship, action, and sci-fi elements, pick this one up!! I had a great time reading it and really enjoyed the story and the characters. A fabulous debut!!
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.