Saturday, October 1, 2016

New Release Review: The Ones

The Ones
by Daniel Sweren-Becker

Looking for an I’m-on-the-edge-of-my-seat kind of book?... well look no further. The book The Ones, by Daniel Sweren-Becker, will leave you breathless and wanting more. Join the main character Cody and her boyfriend, James, as they find out the hard way that even being “perfect” has its flaws. Cody and James thought that they were blessed when the government chose them to be “perfect”. In this generation, perfection is possible with genetic engineering. Just a few changes in the genes, can change both the personality as well as the appearance, of the Ones being engineered. Not long after genetic engineering took off, people who did not experience this phenomenon began to see what they were missing. Some were replaced in jobs by the Ones, some were put down and compared to the Ones, simply for not being in the one percent of the population that was “perfect”. That’s where society drew the line. After enough complaining the government decided to enact the Equality Act. The Equality Act’s goal was to make everyone equal, but what that meant for the Ones, was changing them for the worse. The effects of the Act were like trying to go back to the time when genetic engineering was not a thing. In their words, it was a reversal of the phenomenal effects of genetic engineering which had been making people “perfect” for about twenty years. This divided society, as well as the government, from the one percent of the population that had to fight to keep their rights.
 While reading The Ones, by Daniel Sweren-Becker, what really stood out to me was how detailed the book was. Between setting the description of the plot, to describing a character’s looks, to explaining what is going on in a character's head, the details were really vibrant. My favorite character in The Ones would probably be the main character, Cody. I think that the reader automatically falls in love with Cody, because despite not having the best past, she still pushes through that and really enjoys life. Cody is a fighter, and a tad bit sassy, which I feel is definitely a reason why I love, and can relate to Cody. Cody reminds me of some people I know, aside from the “perfect” engineered genes. I believe that the author wrote this book to entertain the reader, and to open up their imagination. We live in a world where the idea of genetic engineering doesn't sound so crazy, and is in fact possible, sometime in the near future. 

Learn more about the author, Daniel Sweren-Becker, and his new book, The Ones,  in the link .  While talking to the author over Instagram he told me, “I wrote this book to ignite a conversation about genetic engineering. It is really important that we figure out how to deal with it now, before it is too late.” Reading his response made me feel more connected with the author, as well as the book itself. I would give this book a 5/5 star rating, for anyone looking for a dystopian futuristic novel, for both girls and boys. Find him on Twitter @The_Ones_byDSB and Instagram @d_k_s_b

Review by Bella K.

Publisher: Imprint
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Hardcover Pages: 304

*Our class received an ARC of this book to read/ review from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review.

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