Twelve people with an odd assortment of superpowers join forces against a powerful media empire in Sherrie Cronin’s new fantasy/science novel "One Too." This is the sixth and final book in her collection titled 46. Ascending. Each of the previous five novels tells a tale a different family member learning to do the impossible when circumstances require it. In this last stand-alone story, the five family members all discover what each other can do and learn to work together to overcome the worst danger any of them have faced.
|File size:||1 MB|
About the Author
Sherrie Roth grew up in Western Kansas thinking that there was no place in the universe more fascinating than outer space. After her mother vetoed astronaut as a career ambition, she went on to attended Northwestern University studying journalism and physics in hopes of becoming a science writer. She published her first science fiction short story long ago and then waited a lot of tables while she looked for inspiration for the next tale. When it finally came, it declared to her that it had to be a whole book, nothing less. One night, while digesting this disturbing piece of news, she drank way too many shots of ouzo with her boyfriend. She woke up thirty-one years later demanding to know what was going on. The boyfriend, who she had apparently long since married, asked her to please calm down. He explained that in a fit of practicality she had gone back to school and gotten a degree in geophysics and had spent the last 28 years interpreting seismic data in the oil industry. The good news, according to Mr. Cronin, was that she had found it at least mildly entertaining and ridiculously well-paying. The bad news was that the two of them had still managed to spend almost all of the money. Apparently she was now Mrs. Cronin, and the further good news was that they had produced three wonderful children whom they loved dearly, even though to be honest that is where a lot of the money had gone. Even better news was that Mr. Cronin turned out to be a warm-hearted, encouraging sort who was happy to see her awake and ready to write. "It's about time," were his exact words. Sherrie Cronin discovered that over the ensuing decades Sally Ride had already managed to become the first woman in space and apparently had done a fine job of it. No one, however, had written the book that had been in Sherrie's head for decades. The only problem was, the book informed her sternly that it had now grown into a collection of six books. Sherrie decided that she better start getting it on down paper before it got any longer. She's been wide awake ever since, and writing away.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
One Too is the 6th book of the 46. Ascending book series which is about a collection of stand-alone stories where each family member possesses their own superpower. As you read through the series, you understand that each member; mother, father, son, two daughters, goes through a transition discovering their powers. One too then becomes the culmination of all five stories. Lola and her family meet other people with similar powers. However, they are different. XO is now an active force, and they need everything they can get to defeat it. The story deals with more telepath and non-psychic individuals. The adventure is filled with courage, teamwork and honorable resilience. I don’t think the book would have been a good idea to be read as a standalone. Even though some may be able to figure everything out from just reading this one alone, I would recommend the reader to try some of the previous books in the series. This would allow a better understanding of the characters. Otherwise, they would be overwhelmed with a vast amount of characters to remember. Another aspect of the book was that due to the individual introductory system where the characters have previously been given a backstory, I found the finale to be thoroughly enjoyable. It was a mixture of adventure, family ethics, principles, and fantasy. The family has to work as a team and use their powers working together to achieve their goal. The author has made a clear connection between her books and has an admirable knowledge towards literature and storytelling. The book had a nice flow to it, and the concept of it all was pleasurable to read.
A struggle for power among those with massive power 4.25 stars “One Too” by Sherrie Cronin follows the Zeitman family and their colleagues as they engage in a struggle that will have long-lasting repercussions on both telepaths and non-psychic individuals. The conflict is global in scope and will require not only using resources from all over the world but a great deal of soul-searching and courage and moral fortitude to do what is right rather than what is easy. First, it will probably require perseverance to get through the introduction and initial chapters. There is a list of the main characters in the back to help one if the onslaught of names gets overwhelming. Second, there are a lot of perspectives and locations to deal with in this third person omniscient style of writing and one almost needs a diagram to figure out who is where and how each person is linked to the overall conflict. Since this is the end of a series, although it is possible to read this as a stand-alone tale it’s probably not the best way to meet all of these folks. Some of the science gets pretty esoteric (I should have been warned by the mathematical formulae including the inclusion of a variation of Euler’s formula, and the unique titles for each of the previous books, lol) and I was afraid that I was going to have to cope with dull philosophical treatises, but the action and the creativity started to pull me in. Despite some of these drawbacks I still enjoyed the story immensely, once I started figuring out who was on which side and learned some of the backstory. Some of the story felt like a heavy-handed syllogism, particularly with its parallels to current events, but the individuality of the characters and their abilities and the chess match of moves and countermoves was fun to follow, particularly as I am fascinated by the concept of psychic powers. I like that the story is both an exciting adventure story but also a wake-up call as it explores the dangers of a monopoly as well as the conflict between those who would exploit a power and those who see it as a resource to be used for the greater good of all humanity. It would have been nice to have a deeper connection with some of the characters, but perhaps each of them had their time in the spotlight in previous books and fans of the series are already well-acquainted with them. I think this is a tale that can be enjoyed on several levels and it also provides an enjoyable way to armchair travel, and I choose to not make my head hurt by analyzing physics, philosophy, and trigonometric formulas but instead to savor the adventures of a very unique group of folks. The varied endings were overkill for me, but I definitely agree that “It is always better to fail in doing something than to excel in doing nothing.” A copy of this title was provided to me for review