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.
Sequel to One
Laughter bubbles out of her throat, and I try to mirror her happiness in my own expression but it doesn’t work. I know that going supersonic was everything she ever wanted, and I should be excited for her. For us. But I can’t get the image of my sisters — skeletally thin, bald, and hooked up to tubing in a tank of green goop — out of my mind. Julian Fisk, the president of the Supers’ Biotech Hub back home, the one institution our parents taught us to trust with our lives, did that to them. I’d hooked my glasses onto my shirt, and putting them back on feels like stepping into my old self. I lace my fingers together and cup the top of my head with them, staring at the ground and letting out a huge sigh. A little bit of a growl sneaks out.
Merrin’s face falls, and she steps into me, wrapping her arms around my waist and pressing a kiss to my chest.
And that’s when I know it’s going to be okay. One way or another. Merrin only ever wants to fly, but she doesn’t know just how much it means to me when she anchors me to the ground.
“So, obviously, the next order of business is getting ourselves superhero suits,” Merrin says, her voice muffled in my shirt. “Because we’re gonna want to do that again.” There’s something anxious and excited behind her words, like an engine revving.
I laugh. “I suppose so.” I glance down at my arm, where the tough nylon band of my cuff has started to shred. Out of habit, I tap on the screen to wake it up, but nothing happens. A long crack radiates across its surface, and debris has scraped across it so that it’s rough to the touch. I guess the high speed completely destroyed the insides.
I hold my arm up, showing it to Merrin. “I guess this is why no one’s figured out exactly where we are. Is yours dead too?” I ask. When she glances down and taps at her own mangled cuff, and it doesn’t light up either, I know it is.
We’re standing in the middle of another cold, grassy plain, and I finally give in to the trembling in my limbs and sink down to the ground, stretching my legs out straight in front of me.
“At least we had my bag between us,” she says. “At least the formulas are safe.”
“Oh. Good point,” I reply, trying to pretend to be excited that the bag holding the vials full of DNA-altering substances tailored to Merrin’s genetic makeup is still intact. If I’d had my way, all those formulas would have been destroyed forever when we left the Hub.
Praise for One
One balances a fully imagined, super world with deep, well-crafted characters and took me on a heart pounding, heartbreakingly authentic journey I hated to see end.Trisha Leigh, Author
Exciting, edgy, romantic and beautifully written, ONE is a book from an incredible new writing talent that will leave you longing for more!Emma Pass, Author
I opened One and didn’t put it down. On the surface it’s a fast-paced superhero story combined with all the wonderful and terrible aspects of teenage life, but beneath that is the story of a girl who only wants to be more than she is. It’s a fun adventure cloaking a simple but powerful truth of the human condition.Francesca Zappia, Author
This was a very unique story. I enjoyed both the characters and the world that the author created…This book had several twists and turn that not only kept you glued to the pages but that also had you building conspiracy theories in your mind.Ana, Reviewer