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Two by LeighAnn Kopans {3.5 Stars} + Giveaway!

Two by LeighAnn Kopans

Two by LeighAnn Kopans is the second book (see what she did there!) in the One Universe series and continues the story of Merrin and Elias’ trying to figure out what the hell is going on in the Super powers world, but this time from Elias’ perspective :D. Two is indie published and does have some problems with typos that another round of editing would fix, but if you don’t mind those, Two is a very enjoyable sequel to One. There is more adorable teen romance and lots more super powers to be discovered!

Note: I received Two from the author through a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

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Two by LeighAnn Kopans {3.5 Stars} + Giveaway!

Two by LeighAnn Kopans (One Universe #1)
Published by Author on Oct. 1st, 2013
Genres: Sci-fi, YA
Length: 392 pages
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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.

3.5 Stars

Strengths:

  • Two is fast-paced and action-packed. Right from the beginning, Merrin and Elias find out with no questions just how much trouble they are now in. Two opens with them flying across the country to find a safe place to stay and there is a fair amount of that throughout the book (as well as other forms of travel with superpowers >.> :D)
  • Because Elias and Merrin travel much more in Two, we get to see a lot more of the world that the Supers inhabit. We find out that Elias and Merrin were pretty sheltered growing up in the middle of Nebraska (no, really??) and that the country has a rather complicated relationship with super powers. Remember how there are other hubs besides the biotech hub? We get to see some of them :D.
  • Because Merrin and Elias figured out that they liked each other in One, Two has the benefit of a nice established romance. There are cute moments and there are the typical difficult moments found in all real relationships (yey for difficulties being reflected in teen relationships!). Certain other adorable couples that finally got together in One also make an appearance ;-).
  • In Two, our dynamic duo also get to meet lots of new people with super powers so we get to find out about all of those awesome powers. This made my inner superhero dork extremely happy ;-). Also there are X-Men jokes and references, woot!
  • Two does a good job of bringing in a few new secondary characters for us to get to know and brings back some old faces. One had a lot of focus on Merrin and Elias as they got to know each other, so it was fun to get to know some of these secondary characters a bit better.
  • Two has a solid plot of its own, successfully escaping second book syndrome! It is clear from the beginning that Elias and Merrin have some problems that they need to figure out and then they spend the book doing just that. I was quite happy with the conclusion of Two and am curious if there is going to be a Three >.>.

Weaknesses:

  •  There were times when I had no idea where a reaction came from with Elias or Merrin. It just felt at times that they’re personalities got inconsistent in order to further the plot. It also took me a while to adjust to Elias’ being the narrator and I actually forgot a few times at the beginning of Two, which indicates to me that Elias wasn’t different enough from Merrin at first in his narration.
  • Two has a fair number of typos in its final copy. I’m okay with a slip-up here and there, but I expect indies to have the same quality of editing as traditionally published books and Two just didn’t quite make it. I really think that with another round of copyediting, Two could be awesome, but the typos were jarring enough that I had to go back to figure out what the sentence was supposed to say.
  • I’m a stickler about rules for magic systems, especially in sci-fi. The rules for powers never really get tacked down and by now, I feel they should be fairly consistent. Between transference and the crazy experiments, the powers were confusing enough. However, the premise of One talks about Supers having only two powers that generally combine in a convenient way and Two introduced a fair number of regular Supers that seemed to not fit this rule. I spent half of Two trying to figure out if I was just being dense and missing how things fit together, but that’s not really a good sign either (if you figured it out, please tell me!).
  • I’m a grad student studying biology and computer science (curious how those fit together, feel free to ask ;-) ) and I eventually accepted that I needed to just take off my scientist hat while reading Two. Generally, I’m okay with letting sci-fi books have some slack, there is fiction in the genre title after all. However, Two made my genetics and computer scientist brains hurt badly until I finally gave up trying to figure out how the things described could possibly happen in the future.

Summary:

Two is a solid sequel with a fun, action-packed plot and an adorable and realistic teen romance. If you enjoyed One, you should definitely pick up Two. If you’re a reader who can’t take typos in their books, then Two probably isn’t the superhero book for you at this time. I’m still very much in love with the idea of Super powers being made up of several separate powers and some people only having one of the necessary powers, so I’m excited to see where Kopans goes with the One Universe series next.

3.5 Stars

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There is a giveaway for this blog tour as well, yay! Rules: US only, must be 13+ to enter!

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings

- Anya

 

 Two by LeighAnn Kopans

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Comments

  1. I think I’m on the fence about this series – yours is not the first review to make me both want to read the books and to think that I would be too frustrated by them. I just love the concept of superpowers that are incomplete on their own. But if that power system is badly explained or – even worse – not maintained, will the concept actually deliver for me? IDK. And typos I can get past, but only three ba certain degree. If I can’t understand because of typos then I have a problem! So I’m solidly on the fence lol but great review!
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    • Hmm, I’m thinking you might enjoy the first book then. It had a lot fewer typos (definitely understandable, that was never a problem fortunately in One), and the superpower system made a bit more sense in the first book ;-)

  2. Biology and computer science? Together? >.>

    Yeah, I am not overly forgiving of typos in my books, so probably best that I hold off on this one. I still remember finding, like, five typos in “The Bone Season,” which was traditionally published, and thinking, what the heck? Ah well, room for improvement on Book 3, right? ;) (Also, strange coincidence moment ’cause look what I just posted this morning … ^^)
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    • Indeed! Evolutionary biology and computer science in fact ;-) I think if you google Digital Organism you should get a wiki that explains the basics :)

      Haha, that is such the perfect post to link to :D

      • Very interesting stuff. Is it weird though that, upon reading of these “self-replicating” computer programs, my first thought is Terminator? XD Yep, I’m a dork, but the idea of order miraculously arising from disorder … it’s great fodder for sci-fi tales. ;)

        Yep, must appreciate happy coincidences and the laughter they inspire. On a completely unrelated note, I finally saw the second Hobbit movie yesterday … in IMAX 3D. The movie was pretty cool, but never again on the 3D. My eyes and head were not happy. Have you ever had that problem?
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        • Haha, someone else said the exact same thing to me the other day! Don’t worry, they can’t do anything all that powerful ;-)

          I’m generally okay with 3D and all that, though wearing glasses doesn’t work well with the 3D glasses, haha

  3. Interesting series premise. I promise if I win the gift card I will use part of it to buy the first entry of this one and give it a try. =)
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  4. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I completely agree with you about magic systems needing rules. I’m also studying computational biology, so I’m sure I’d share your frustration at technological impossibilities! So, like Berls said, this sounds like fun, but it also seems like it could be very frustrating.
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  5. Good to know – I’ll put book 1 a little higher on my tbr. I LOL when I reread my comment, because right where I was talking about typos, I mistyped so bad that I couldn’t understand what I was saying. So maybe I need to be more forgiving lol (though I do comment from my cell phone…)
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    • Haha, I wasn’t sure if you had been doing that on purpose as an example of a typo impeding understanding ;-) It happens to all of us though!

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