The Ones (The Ones: Book 1) by Daniel Sweren-Becker

The Ones by [Sweren-Becker, Daniel]

Publisher: Imprint

Date of publication: September 6, 2016

Series: The Ones

The Ones—Book 1

The Equals—Book 2

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Cody has always been proud of being a One. She and her boyfriend James were two of the lucky babies from the 1% of the U.S. population that were randomly selected to benefit from genetic engineering. Now, she and the rest of The Ones are excelling. They are healthy, beautiful, and talented. They aren’t otherworldly, just perfect. And to some, that’s not fair. The Equality Movement, capitalizing on the growing fear and jealousy, gains political traction and actually outlaws their existence. Society shows its darker side as The Ones are marginalized. The line between right and wrong blurs in the face of injustice and Cody becomes closer to a group of radical Ones intent on fighting back. James begins to fear just how far she is willing to go for the cause.

3 things I liked about The Ones:

  1. Cody and James’s sweet romance. I am glad that the author spent the time to make their romance innocent and sweet. Amid their world going crazy, it was normal. And I loved it!!
  2. How realistic the plot was…for the most part. Take out the genetically modified kids, and insert current events, making it even more sinister to read.
  3. The family relationships shown in the book. The relationship James has with his family is so different than the one Cody has with her mother. It is sad. I would rather have a parent who wasn’t physically around than one who wasn’t there emotionally.

3 things I didn’t like about The Ones:

  1. James’s parents. I couldn’t stand them, and I don’t know if the author wrote them to be unlikeable. They both rubbed me the wrong way. I know that the loss of a child does things to you. 
  2. The Equality Movement. They kinda remind me of the Nazis in a way. Their solution to what they think is a problem is to….well, you need to read the book. But I am serious when the group reminds me of the Nazis. Everything they stand for is wrong; unfortunately, they are gaining power.
  3. Kai’s group of friends. Kai and Taryn rubbed me wrong from the first time I met them. And the way they set about doing things. I don’t believe him for a minute about certain events. Then Cody gets dragged even more into it, becoming a cluster.

I would recommend The Ones to anyone over 16. There is no sex (other than a few kisses) and no graphic violence.

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