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One of Us

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  190 ratings  ·  46 reviews
When K narrowly survives a bomb attack, she agrees to go undercover to spy on the Brotherhood, the radical young group held responsible, and whom she’s determined to bring to justice. But whilst living among them, soon even enemies become real people. And when she falls in love, K discovers that some things are not black and white ...

What's right – and who's wrong? Someone
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Published February 5th 2015 by Chicken House (first published January 1st 2015)
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Brina
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Verity heißt Wahrheit" ist bei mir aufgrund einer Empfehlung auf meinem Radar gelandet und nachdem mir die Kurzbeschreibung ebenfalls zugesagt hat, stand für mich sehr schnell fest, dass ich dieses Buch unbedingt lesen möchte. Meine Erwartungen waren riesig und ich bin froh, dass ich am Ende nicht enttäuscht wurde.

Jeannie Waudby hat hier eine spannende und actionreiche Geschichte geschaffen, die zwar gegen Ende recht vorhersehbar war, mich allerdings durchwegs unterhalten konnte, sodass ich nur
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Mz. Diana Gagliardi
A gripping look at a political landscape that demonizes people dressed a certain way and controls information to control it's populace of capital c Citizen. Starting right off with a terrorist bombing, our heroine is recruited to infiltrate the Institute- a school where those of the terroristic Brotherhood are indoctrinated and recruited to terrorist cells. In a time when there is an attempt to end the Strife and bring reconciliation, the head of the Institute preaches for staying apart; how man ...more
Kirsty
Feb 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'm not sure what I made of this
Nick_C1
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't really like this book because the plot is confusing. It is unusual and there is no real theme to the book. Its also not a book that kept me on the edge of my seat and made me want to stay up to 11 o'clock reading. I wasn't able to make connections because the book was puzzling. In overall, I think that this isn't a good book.
Solara300
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurzbeschreibung
Die 16-jährige K hat alles verloren als sie 2- Jahre alt war und lebt seitdem in einem Heim betreut von einer Sozialarbeiterin Namens Sue Smith, die nicht wirklich Interesse daran hat ihr zu helfen.

An einem ganz normalen Schultag aber fängt die Geschichte von K alias Verity erst richtig an und zwar an dem Tag, an dem einen Bombenanschlag in Gatesbrooke den Frieden zwischen den Brotherhood und den Residents gefährlich zum schwanken bringen kann und mitten drin ist K.

Denn K soll a
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Rae E
Mar 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Please Note: I received an ARC of One of Us by Jeannie Waudby from Running Press for an honest review during the book tour.


Right from the beginning, Waudby entices readers with an action packed scene that promises more to come – and she doesn’t disappoint. Meet K, that’s right just the letter, and her world of citizens vs. Brotherhood. As a fifteen orphan, she is easily manipulative and expendable. Her parents and grandmother have been dead for years, leaving her in the hands of a system that do
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Hannah
Dec 29, 2015 added it
Shelves: gave-up, young-adult
When it takes me this long to get to page 39 I know it's time to give up.
Anna
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story! It had me barely breathing towards the end. Really good!
Lollern WinterLeaf
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was AMAZZZING wish there was a second book! The plot twist was fantastico! It was REALLLLY GOOOOD!
Hannah
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Honestly, I really didn't think I'd like this book as much as I expected to. I bought this book at a sale and didn't really look at the description but I liked the cover and I normally it's not the type I usually read...

But holy sh*t, I loved this one so much.

I always read this on the train, sometimes in the early morning. This book has almost made me miss my stop (it was still dark out so I didn't always look at my surroundings haha). I caught myself saying 'Okay ONE more chapter' way too often
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Barbara Henderson
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Waudby creates a world that feels plausible and consistent. Then she wreaks havoc with it. Never have books about 'them' and 'us' been more relevant or necessary. It is an important book, but most importantly, it is an excellent read! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Stefanie Hasse hisandherbooks.de
Zitat:
„Mein Herz fängt wild zu schlagen an und mein Kopf wird wattig. Wenn ich den heutigen Tag überstehe, ohne mich zu verraten, ist es ein Wunder.“
(S.114)

„Tränen steigen mir in die Augen. Bevor ich hierhergekommen bin, habe ich nie geweint. Das muss aufhören.“
(S.216)

Inhalt:
K lebt in einer zwiegespaltenen Gesellschaft. Die Residents fühlen sich von den Brotherhoods bedroht. Denn immer mehr Opfer fallen den terroristischen Anschlägen der Hoods zum Opfer. K hat eine klare Einstellung zur Gegensei
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Imageen
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone questioning theselves or "in what" do they believe
O.M.G.!!!!
I have just found my new favorite book!
The setting is sort of like the cold war, except the society explained is nowhere on Earth now or in the past. This begins with a boom, literally
Elena Atluri
I wasn't really able to get into this book. I think this was partly because I disliked the characters of K and Oscar. I didn't understand the dynamic between them.
Leselurch
*Worum geht's?*
Die 16-jährige K lebt in einer gespaltenen Gesellschaft. In einer Zeit voller Gewalt und Misstrauen leben die radikalen Brotherhoods neben den Residents und sorgen für Angst und Terror. K, die als Kleinkind durch einen Anschlag der Brotherhood zum Waisenkind geworden ist, zögert nicht lang, als sie die Chance erhält, dem Schrecken ein Ende zu setzen. Sie gibt sich als Hood-Mädchen aus und spioniert in verfeindeten Reihen. Ihr Leben steht dabei auf dem Spiel – oder? Je mehr Zeit si
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AnnaSalvatore
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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- German review -

Cover/Gestaltung
Einfach wunderschön!!!
Dieses doppelte Gesicht passt perfekt zur Geschichte. Der Verlag hat wunderbare Arbeit geleistet.
Der Buchrücken ist besonders und ausdrucksstark.

Idee/Handlung
Die Idee ist super. Wir leben in einer Stadt, in der es schon seit Jahrhunderten immer wieder Bürgerkrieg der Brotherhoods gegen die Residents gibt.
Über die restliche Welt wird nichts weiter gesagt, es handelt sich wohl nur um eine beliebige Stadt
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Ally
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a broader perspective

"When K narrowly survives a bomb attack, she agrees to go undercover to spy on the Brotherhood, the radical young group held responsible, and whom she’s determined to bring to justice. But whilst living among them, soon even enemies become real people. And when she falls in love, K discovers that some things are not black and white ...

What's right – and who's wrong? Someone's always to blame.

From debut author, Jeannie Waudby, comes a nail-biting contemporary drama set in a modern society divided
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Chiawen
„Verity heißt Wahrheit“ von Jeanne Waudby ist eine Dystopie.

Es ging schon immer so Residents gegen Brotherhood. K lernt, dass die Hoods böse sind und erfährt es am eigenen Leib. Ihr wird angeboten als Spionen zu arbeiten um die Machenschaften der Hoods erkennen zu können und um die Gewalt zu stoppen. Doch sind die Hoods ganz anders.

K ist 16 Jahre hat ihre Eltern früh bei einem Bombenanschlag der Brotherhoods verloren. Seitdem ihre Oma gestorben ist, verbringt sie ihr Leben in verschiedenen Heime
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LunasLeseecke
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Über das Buch

K ist eine Waise und gehört zu den Residents. Einer von zwei Volksgruppen, die in einer zerrütteten Stadt mehr schlecht als Recht zusammen leben. Nachdem sie einen Bombenanschlag überlebt hat, wird K als Spionin rekrutiert. Sie soll sich unter dem Namen Verity Nekton der Brotherhood anschließen und dort eine radikale Gruppierung ausspionieren. Doch schon bald wird hat K Zweifel an ihrer Mission. Sind die Brotherhoods wirklich schlechte Menschen, oder steckt mehr hinter ihrem Auftrag
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dieSeitenfluesterer- unserBuchblog
Erschienen im November 2015 umfasst die Geschichte von Verity 400 Seiten und passt sich erschreckend an unserem heutigen Leben an.
Im Chicken House Verlag erschienen lässt Jeannie Waudby auch die deutschen Leser an ihrer sehr mitreißenden Geschichte teilnehmen.

Brotherhoods gegen Residents, anders hat es K bisher nicht kennengelernt. Das System gegen die Terroristen. Die Obrigkeit gegen jene Leute, die sich nicht einfügen wollen.
Als ein Bombenanschlag K aus ihren Leben mitten in die Spionage reißt
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Sky
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I honestly wasn't hooked.
After a couple chapters or so it got good. I think that this was a very interesting book and I liked the turn it took in the end, some might be surprised at it or think it was cliche.
Diana von Dinchen´s Welt der Bücher
Erster Satz:
"Ich habe keine Angst vor Spinnen oder Schlagen."

Meine Meinung zum Buch:
Ich wollte dieses Buch mögen - wirklich.
Der Klappentext klingt vielversprechend und das Cover hat etwas an sich das meine Neugier geweckt hat. Beim Lesen kam dann allerdings sehr schnell die Ernüchterung. Mit K bzw, Verity bin ich überhaupt nicht warm geworden. Sie hat in ihren jungen Jahren kein leichtes Leben hinter sich. Erst sterben ihre Eltern bei einem Bombenanschlag, danach stirbt auch noch ihre Oma. Somit
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Mark Buxton
Nov 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
K has no family, survives a bombing by the Brotherhood, and agrees to secretly gather information about the group for a man named Oskar. She's given the new identity of Verity and finds it hard to believe that any of the students might be capable of causing explosions and killing people. She sneaks into the leader's office to get a list of names, but she's not sure if she'll give it to Oskar. Verity doesn't know what his group will do with the names, and she's stunned to discover Oskar has given ...more
Melissa
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Excellent Middle Grade Read.

Us VS. Them is the theme of the story. For this particular us vs them plot, we have the Brotherhood vs the Citizens. I’m not sure which of the groups is supposed to be the good guys, but I’m sure that is the whole point. When it comes to us vs them, this there always a good vs bad? Or does it depend on perspective?

In this particular plot, K is a citizen with nothing. She has been part of the system since her parents were killed in a bombing and her grandmother passed
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James Orrell
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Laura
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Hoodies vs. Citizens - in many ways, much like Muslims vs. Christians, or Sharks vs. Jets, or North vs. South. K's life as a citizen, then as a member of the Brotherhood could have (should have?) been better delineated: beyond clothing and fanaticism, what are the differences? what was the history of the split? Had that been added, this would have gotten a higher rating.

ARC provided by publisher.
Kelly Akemann
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that all can relate to. Us versus them! Doesn't matter if it is the popular kids versus you or the religious people versus you, or the world against you. All of us have dealt with something like it and it works so well her. Jeannie Waudby was able to depict that well in "One of Us". I found this one to be very thought provoking honestly. A definite 4-1/2 stars out of 5 for me!!

I received this in exchange for a fair and honest review
Stacy Mozer
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When K narrowly escapes a bombing attempt by a group known as the Brotherhood she is recruited to infiltrate their organization to find the terrorist cell. But the teens she meets are the opposite of her expectations and instead of finding danger, she finds acceptance for the first time in her life. Could these people really be the terrorists she has been taught to fear or is fearing them for no reason the underlying problem?
Elizabeth Curington
This book was so twisty-turny. Although I liked the premise, I found the end a bit unsatisfying. Maybe I feel that way because the book flap gave WAAAYYY too much away. I had figured out most of the twists long before K did. Overall, though, I enjoyed the book, but it needed a little more to make it a standout.

Rating: 3.5
Brittany
Aug 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this. I really did. I'm still trying to figure out if this book is YA fiction or not. If it is, perhaps it will do well? If it is intended to be an adult book, I believe it will flop.

Conceptually the story is good, but other than that, the writing, pacing, organization, and pretty much everything that makes a good book is poor.
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