Book review: The Ones, by Daniel Sweren-Becker

Daniel Sweren-Becker. The Ones. Square Fish, 2017.  $18.99. ISBN: 978-1250129703. 320p.  Gr. 8-adult. P7 Q6

This scary story is about genetic engineering and what can go wrong when society gets to determine what ideal traits should be selected for.  It’s a dystopian tale that reminds me a little of Animal Farm, but with humans.  It’s a bit thin on plot and the characters are shallow, but it is real enough to make it readable and relatable to high school students.  I didn’t like the fact that it was pretty obvious the author wrote this with a series in mind, as the book leaves a lot of loose ends.  In fact, it’s almost like the book was cut in half. The fact that both books were published at the same time makes me wonder if that was the case.

May 2018 review by NHS student.

[Editor’s note: The paperback edition of The Ones was released September 12, 2017, as was the hardcover edition of its sequel, The Equals.  The original hardcover edition of The Ones was released September 6, 2016.]

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