ONE by Leigh Ann Kopans
Published Date: June 2013
Genre: YA Sci Fi
The Story: 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.
My Reivew: I LOVED this book. I love the fact that LeighAnn Kopans shows it's ok to not be like everyone else. At least that's one thing I got out of it! In this world, being different could spell disaster. But how can a One survive in a world of Supers and Normals? Check out ONE to find out!! There's so much I could tell you about this book, but then I'd end up spoiling it for you!
About Leigh Ann Kopans: 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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Thank you so much for inviting me for an interview today. I’m so excited to be here – this blog is incredible!
Why do you think books are being made into movies?
I think that maybe our culture is starting to see the entertainment value in literature, which is awesome! It’s great that deeply thematic and symbolic books like The Hunger Games are being gobbled up by mainstream popular culture. I just hope that it brings more people back to actually reading the books, and realizing what a satisfying experience reading can be, and how different it is from seeing a movie. Get the best of both worlds!
What would be your super power?
To never need to sleep. Think of all I could get done! All the books I could write! All the Pinterest crafts I could do! How clean my house would be, and how in shape I’d be!
How did you know you wanted to be an author?
The first time one of my Critique Partners said she really liked a story of mine, and I had that thrill of sharing a narrative I’d created and having someone find enjoyment and meaning in it, I knew. There’s just nothing like pulling a story out of thin air, and having someone else love it!
What book are you looking forward to this year?
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, and it came out just a few days ago! Can’t wait to get time to read that!!!!
Which authors have influenced you most?
Madeleine L’Engle, definitely, because she believed in writing stories with lots of meaning and importance for children. She thought that kids could understand some deep things better than adults could, and I’ve always loved and respected that, my whole life. I think she was a big influence in me wanting to write YA.
And authors like Kristin Cashore, Maggie Steifvater, and Isaac Marion, who craft such lyrical, rich prose that I want to swoon – I hope I capture their influence, too.
Where do you write?
I have four small children, so I write EVERYWHERE! On my phone while cuddling them on the couch while they watch TV, on my netbook set up in the kitchen while they eat dinner, on my desktop in a little office when I can get time here or there. My netbook comes with me everywhere, so when I have a down 20 minutes at work (I work 4 out of 5 days a week) I can pull it out and start typing – my favorite places to do that are the coffee shop and the dead-quiet library. But really, I can write anywhere - I’ve even written paragraphs while waiting at a stoplight. I love my smart phone.
What is your favorite scene in your book?
That’s such a cool question! It’s all of chapter 8, actually – the first scene in the book that I wrote. It when Merrin and Elias realize how their powers really affect each other.
What is the next book on your to be read pile?
Abandon by Elana Johnson. I read and loved the first two in the series, and I NEED to know how it wraps up.
How did you come up with your title?
It’s always been sort of obvious to me – One is the name of what the main characters are, and also what defines their main problem.
What is your favorite munchie food?
Ohhhh man. That’s tough. I love love love chips, but they’re bad for my waistline (why is life so unfair???) So I switched it up to low-fat popcorn while I edit TWO, because I’m SUPER munchy while I’m editing.
Thanks again for inviting me – I loved your questions, and loved answering them more! You are fabulous.
Thanks LeighAnn!! And can't wait to check out TWO!
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