The One by Heather Self took me by complete surprise, as the sixth book on my #UtopYA2014 reading list, I don’t know why I have any expectations at all. The bar keeps continuously getting raised.
Stranded on Earth two thousand years they’ve waited for the arrival of the One: some to save her, others to kill her. With her birth, the ancient prophecy could at last be fulfilled and the doorway between the worlds would open. Those who know the prophecy believe this event occurred almost eighteen years ago, and now, they’ll stop at nothing to find her.
Seventeen-year-old Eveline has lived her entire life on the move and she hates it. She knows her parents believe she’s the One, and they’ve done whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of those who want her dead. But Eveline isn’t fully convinced that her parents’ beliefs match her own. What she does believe is that Leadville, Colorado may be the chance she’s been waiting for. The chance to be somewhere safe. The chance for her to make friends and have fun. The chance to finally date a guy. The chance to be a normal girl, at least as normal as possible for someone not human.
The first part of this book was a little difficult to relate to initially. A lot happens and the reader is immediately immersed into Eveline’s world. I think the first thing that threw me off was the first hot guy she runs into ends up being related to her so it’s a little disconcerting when it seems like the author is developing a romantic relationship and it becomes clear that those feelings are now considered incest. It was weird.
However, this book redeemed itself in a major way once it really got going. Once Eveline started finally meeting those love interests (yes, more than one! ), this book reached its fever pitch. It had me grinning ear to ear and trying to pick sides in this unique love triangle. This triangle really works because she has a chance to fall for each of them individually before it becomes a fighting match over her heart.
The setting for this story was really cool, especially the prophesy and the idea of transitioning. I was enthralled in Heather Self’s vision, and to me, it was totally believable. I really, really want to get my hands on the next book with that ending. It wasn’t a cliff hanger but it left the reader wanting more. There is so much more left to tell and I can’t wait to see how Eveline being “the one” works out and even more importantly, which guy captures her heart.
STARS: 5 out of 5