Monday, November 4, 2013

Book Review: TWO (One Universe #2) by Leigh Ann Kopans

Elias and Merrin are on the run.

After escaping the Biotech Hub, they thought they could breathe easy, or at least a little easier. But when bombs slam into the Social Welfare Hub only hours after their arrival, it becomes clear there's nowhere to hide - and no end to what Biotech will do to get them back. 

Their last chance for safety and answers is the Clandestine Service Hub. CS has intel on the real, broader purpose behind Fisk’s experiments , and the newfound knowledge of the horrors hidden deep within Biotech’s walls sends Merrin back to recover a secret formula that could ruin the Supers’ world forever—and might just save the lives of the Biotech victims spiraling out of control.

Elias' sisters are counted among the victims of Fisk’s experiments, and if Elias can't find and help them, their powers will destroy them--sooner rather than later. Returning to the place it all began terrifies him, but with Fisk ready to make an example out of Merrin, and his sisters’ lives --and the lives of all Supers--hanging in the balance, he might not have a choice. If he can't find the courage to face his worst fears, Elias might lose more than his newfound powers. 

He might lose everyone he loves.

I recently raved over the first book in this series, One. Fortunately I didn't discover it until just a few weeks before the release of the second book in this series, Two, as I wouldn't have been very patient if I had to wait. Two was a rarity in the world of sequels as it did not let me down, and it did not fall victim to the dreaded "sophomore slump".

The story begins right where One left us hanging. Using their powers together, Merrin and Elias fly at supersonic speed to another Hub where they hope to find safety. Merrin spends the majority of the book still hell bent on finding a way to make her "one" a super, irritating Elias in the process as he's ready to do whatever it takes to keep them safe, even if that means losing their powers completely. I loved the addition of the new characters in the mix, Hayley being my favorite.

It was refreshing to hear the story in Elias's voice. He definitely has other intentions than Merrin, and it was fun to hear some of the thoughts that went through his head when they first met. It was also refreshing that Elias and Merrin weren't separated for nearly the entire book like sequels often do.

To avoid spoilers, I feel like I can't say much more without giving too much away. Anyone who enjoyed the first book in this series will be equally pleased with Two. Leigh Ann is able to keep you on your toes throughout, wondering if Merrin and Elias will be caught, and worrying that they may be trusting the wrong people.

I happily give Two the same five zombie rating as One. Fans of Leigh Ann Kopans won't be disappointed!

Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole. Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again).

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Anonymous said...

My comment got eaten!

Jen Naumann said...

Boo, that's no good! :(

Crystal Collier said...

Wahoo! That's awesome. I totally need to add that one to the list, and push it my kids way. Thanks for the recommendation!

Jen Naumann said...

You're welcome! I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did. :)

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