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The Ones

(The Ones #1)

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  148 reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Imprint
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Daniel Unfortunately, some of the things that happen in the book echo what's going in the country right now. So I guess the world of the book isn't dystopian…moreUnfortunately, some of the things that happen in the book echo what's going in the country right now. So I guess the world of the book isn't dystopian, I'm sad to admit.
julie The only real similarity between this book and "The Selection" is the title of "the Ones", which happens to sound like the top rank of the caste syste…moreThe only real similarity between this book and "The Selection" is the title of "the Ones", which happens to sound like the top rank of the caste system in that series. Otherwise, these books are totally different with different premises and different time periods/settings. (less)

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Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-read, ya, netgalley, own
Is it so farfetched to believe that selective genetic engineering is coming? We all want to be perfect or have perfect progeny and or those who have the money, it is entirely possible. Cody and her boyfriend James are part of the top one percent of the beautiful people, they are The Ones. Daniel Sweren-Becker invites us into the dark pits of a world that has lost its moral compass as a rebel movement created out of jealousy and fear is determined to put the Ones in their place.

Lines are re-drawn
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Cody has always been proud of the fact that she is a One, one of the 1% of the population that was genetically altered before birth. She and her boyfriend James were both part of the lucky babies picked to be a part of the program. The Ones are beautiful, athletic and excel at everything they do due to their genetic make up.

Unfortunately now after twenty some years of the lottery altering 1% of the babies people are beginning to believe the advantages are just not fair. The Equality Movement is
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-reviews
“The Ones” is a book that I am in the minority in regard to my views, so keep in mind that your mileage may vary when it comes to this review.

The premise was good, but the execution was lacking. I think much of that is owed to the cardboard characters. They were YA dystopian stereotypes, which is not always a bad thing as long as there are unique motives and strong character development. There was none of that present. Even the backstory provided read like it was forced. Some secondary character
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
I was sent an ARC of this from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinions towards the book.

This one was very quick and enjoyable and the first book that I've read in a while thanks (but not really) to my reading slump. The story was totally intriguing and something I wanted to learn more about. The first 50 pages or so, I was so hooked. It continued to be an intriguing and action packed story but it was just a bit too simple and predictable for my tastes.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Glaçant !
Une plongée bien trop réaliste dans l'enfer de l'intolérance et de la peur.
L'humanité a peur de l'inconnu et réagit mal à ce qui lui semble être une menace même si cette menace est un enfant innocent. La leçon de ce premier tome ? L'Homme n'apprend pas de ses erreurs et aime torturer son prochain...

English Review :

It was a very disturbing reading. With just a little bit of dystopia, it was a realistic book.
It was about genetic manipulations and,
Taylor N
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Ones by Daniel Sweren-Becker was a very interesting book. I really liked how the author made the book in third person because then I could tell what was going on with all of the characters. The emotions were so strong, I was able to feel what the characters were feeling. This book may be science fantasy, but it is also about equality that also is a thing in the real world. The book has many good points about equality in their world, that are similar to the our world.

Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
Look, this book had me from "dystopia". You know I love it. Can't get enough of it. So obviously I needed to read it! It's actually set not that far in the future, and is crazy plausible. "Designer babies" are already a thing that happens, so this isn't really that hard to imagine. Nor is it hard to imagine that anyone feeling threatened by the new crop of genetically modified folks woul
Valerie Brett
Sep 19, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, giveaways-won, ya
I don't normally post reviews, but I felt compelled to warn people not to read this book.

It hits you over the head in its obviousness; it's lazy. It's like the writer tried to ride the wave of YA dystopia enthusiasm and it doesn't work. The characters are completely one-dimensional. I also agree with other reviewers who thought the use of water-boarding to interrogate a teenager (before any other methods were used, too) was absurd; that's when I stopped reading (and I was about 2/3 through. It
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The story was amazing. It was suspenseful and some parts horrifying. Then the end happened. It left you on such a cliff hanger! The end ruined the entire book for me. There better be a sequel to this book coming out soon!
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that this was a good book and I hope that the author continues with this series.
Seventeen-year-old Cody and her boyfriend, James are products of good genes, of course, but their genes have been altered so that they are intelligent, attractive, and talented. Their future should be bright; after all, they are part of a group of privileged Ones, the one percent of the population whose genes were altered before birth, to their benefit. But in a plot that could have been stolen from the not-so-distant future, unrest grows against these privileged individuals. Hate crimes, restri ...more
Sarah Myers
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm a horrible person... I haven't picked up a book in almost a year. I am glad I decided to purchase this novel. I finished it in 4 hours (that's not unusual for me), but from the first pages, I was engrossed in the world Mr Sweren-Becker created. Genetic manipulation is something we've heard talked about in the media, so to have a novel focused on what future ramifications could be was eye opening. I really don't want to give too much away, but I will say the story line was refreshing and brou ...more
Hannah McLaws
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book tells a story of Cody and her boyfriend James. They have both been raised knowing that they are Ones. The Ones are children who have been genetically altered to be perfect. They are intelligent, good looking, athletic etc. Normally seen as a privilege the average citizen does not feel the same way. The Equality Movement, or the normal people have been pushing to make laws to basically get rid of the Ones. In this story we see the battle of fighting for basic human rights and at the sam ...more
Lisa Dess
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Loved this book but there is a major cliffhanger
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very interesting concept. It kept me want to keep reading to see what happened next.
Feb 17, 2019 added it
This is a great story of social justice. It makes you think about history, the Civil Rights Movement - and others, and how it might repeat itself. It's a thought provoking book. My alliances kept switching, as characters would act and their motives would change. ...more
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I have been wanting to read this book for what seemed like forever. And although to start with it felt like I had already read it, this book was a good read.

Fast paced and action packed. It did end abruptly and what felt like too soon.. But it left a great entry into book two.. Which I will be starting soon!
Noorsukainah Jumat
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super sad ending!!! I live for such endings!!!
Stephanie Lam
May 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly meta. It's gives a really good look at society as it is now and how it can warp. The writing was good, but the idea far outshone the writing and some ideas felt too briefly focused on. I feel like the character development could have been taken a little further; I understand why it was the way it was in the book, but I couldn't quite relate to the characters or their emotions as well as I desired to. ...more
Jun 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I— what?? For one thing, this book was eerie, considering of the themes and topics it brought up about equality, but in a thought provoking way. Some events here reflected with the movement occurring, but ofc not in the same level at all. I don’t know what else to say. Right now I’m just conflicted if i want to read the sequel. That’s it, bye.
Taylor Gonci
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The ones opened my mind to the fact that maybe genetic engineering isn't too far fetched. This book kept me hooked the entire time and I read it in 3 days ! Can't wait for the next book :) ...more
Maxine Livingstone
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
This review will have a spoiler.

This book reminded me of X-Men. In X-men the mutants are at war with non mutants. Everyone knows this story. Mutants are fighting for the rights to live equally and peacefully with the non mutants. However, for those who are not mutants the people are controlled by fear and hatred for those who are born with powers.

In this book it's the same but in reverse. The Ones are children who were genetically altered. They are smarter, faster, and better than the average no
Charles Hamel
Mar 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book, I instantly fell in love with it! Daniel Sweren-Becker did a wonderful job writing this story, I’m amazed about the fact that even though the plot is still a little ways away he still made it seem like this could actually happen and its like I’m reading a historical book because of the way he made it sound so real.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I moved this book to the top of my TBR because I love sci-fi and the concept of X-Men. I finished this book in a day because it's thought provoking and very well a possibility in our [not too distant] future.

It is not impossible to think of the day when we can genetically screen out and engineer embryos. A lot of people wish for this day when they think about all of the negative outcomes of genetics. But what if we not only eliminated the negative outcomes but also all the average ones, too? Ri
Kathy Martin
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THE ONES is a fast-paced science fiction dystopia that will leave the reader with lots to think about. The United States National Institute of Health instituted a project to correct the genetics of one of every ten babies born in the United States. Babies were chosen at random and now those first babies are in college. Public sentiment has changed toward the project. Now the public is convinced that those children who make up one percent of the population have an unfair advantage. The Supreme Co ...more
Allison Halat
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response
I thought that The Ones was a very interesting book. It was a fantasy of futuristic technology. The Ones captures the attention of anyone who reads it. I did not want to put the book it down and cannot wait to read the next one in the series.

The National Institutes of Health began a testing program twenty years ago to study the effects of advanced genetic engineering in one percent of the population. One out of every hundred newborn babies had been genetically engineered. Co
Aug 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as an ARC through Goodreads. All opinions in this review are entirely my own.

Absolutely phenomenal. This novel by Daniel Sweren-Becker was the best I have read in quite a long time. It hooked my attention within the first few pages, which is extremely rare. I found myself growing remarkably attached to the characters and the relationships they developed with each other. Each time something jarred or changed one of them, I felt those emotions and reactions reflected in mysel
Ava Budavari
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a fast-paced dystopian thriller that questions the possible integrity of a society that could exist in the very near future. The book really makes the reader ponder the morality of genetic engineering, and introduces the very blurred lines when it comes to ethics. The story really shows how in the midst of injustice, everyday citizens can become activists and change the entire world around them. The sacrifices the characters make in this book are incredible and are true examples of ...more
Juliana Riccio
I got this book as an ARC from San Diego Comic Con this year and only now did I manage to get to it.

And what I can say? Seeing the political situation that this country is in today, it was scary to see the similarities betweeb this world written by Sweren-Becker and our world. The prejudice in it and people turning against each other reminded me of the results of this past election and that made this book so much greater in my mind. So maybe it's a good thing that it took me a while to get to it
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
A new series that is sure to grip teens who love a good dystopian thriller. Cody and James are Ones-they were genetically modified at birth to have the best DNA possible. Meaning, they are basically super human. 1% of the US population are Ones-winning the genetic lottery. A small political faction decides that everyone should be equal and this grass roots organization quickly takes over the government. The Equality Movement is born and laws are soon passed that eliminate the Ones freedoms. Most ...more
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