John Marrs: The One


I received a free physical copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes.

One tiny DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.

A decade after scientists discover everyone has a gene they share with just one person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love.

Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others…

The One is a psychological thriller by author John Marrs that follows a series of people who have found their “match” through the Match Your DNA website. In a future where every person can be genetically matched with their soulmate, these couples are in for a bumpy ride as each and every one of them faces new, exciting, and – in some cases – troublesome adventures with their true loves. Each and every one of their matches holds a secret, but will it help or hinder their chance at true love?

I’m going to best honest, I went in completely blind with this book. I saw a picture on Twitter, read the small synopsis provided, and I was hooked! Imagine a world where through one simple swab, you can instantly be matched with your soulmate, your one true love. Gone are the days of searching for the one person you want to spend the rest of your life with, gone are the days of feeling confined in a relationship you know doesn’t work, gone are the days of wondering if you are truly made for each other. It’s a concept that I find extremely interesting and believe would change the world as we know it; something that John Marrs looks into himself.

Not only do we get to meet this matches as we progress through the narrative, but we begin to understand the process behind these people being matched together – the science! With all of this information, it becomes clear how such a scientific discovery can hold so many ethical, societal, and political issues: what if you are matched up with a murderer, or someone with any sort of criminal conviction, how would it make you feel to know that you had split a happily married couple up because, out of the blue, you had found out you were matched together? A lot of these questions are asked and answered and it really makes you think about such an issue. But you can also see the benefits behind it: a lower divorce rate, lower rates of depression and stress from being with the one you love. Marrs questions all of these pros and cons throughout the novel and puts some of these scenarios into play.

All of the characters in The One hold completely different personalities; some are feisty and stubborn, others hold maternal instincts, some just don’t believe that they could be matched in such a way. It is interesting to watch these people shift and alter throughout the narrative as they begin to understand more about themselves by their matches, and begin to understand those they have been matched with. There are moments of heartbreak, sorrow, guilt, and so on and I loved watching how these characters play on these emotions by believing that they have fallen in love with their soulmates.

The One was fast-paced, gripping, and really made you think about the people around you and the people that these characters connected with. It makes you understand that everyone has their secrets and you won’t always begin to understand why they have these secrets, and why you would fall in love with someone with those secrets. It is a book that I believe will be on the top of my 2017 reads and one I would highly recommend for fans of psychological thrillers.


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