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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

REVIEW: The One by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @harpercollins #allthebookreviews

The One
by John Marrs

Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Published: February 20, 2018
416 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller

How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick 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 other person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love. Now, five more people meet their Match. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking – and deadlier – than others...

A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

My Review:

It seems ingrained in humans to want someone to be with, grow old with.. a partner in life.  In today's society, online dating is now the norm.  Tinder,, and eHarmony are just a few of the plentiful sites you can use to find your mate.  Take that a step further and let your DNA do the search for you.  Swab your mouth, send in your sample and patiently wait and hope that your match in the world has done the same.  This ONE person is your other half, the pheromones to your receptors and vice versa.  What if you don't find that one? What if you're NOT matched?  Do you then question the person you're already with or if you're not with anyone, your own self worth? How can you possibly be with anyone else if this option is out there? HOW?!

We follow the lives of these 5 people:
Mandy, whose siblings have all been matched except for her and she needs validation.
Christopher, a psychopath who was just curious.
Jade, who found her match but he lives on the other side of the world - when will they ACTUALLY meet?
Nick, engaged, but whose fiancée wants them both to take the test to make sure they are destined.
Ellie, a high profile CEO who finds it hard to date "regularly".

Each short chapter goes back and forth between these five lives and how being matched has changed their lives. 

This really is a lighter thriller read and exactly what I needed right now.  I can see why some have compared this to a slight Black Mirror episode.  It's basically technology and science and how susceptible people can be to an idea that will solve the age old problem of finding your soul mate (or DNA match in this case)... and how it can cause more problems than solve them.  About 30% seemed to be actually in the thriller category but who cares?  Each short chapter somehow seemed to throw something new at you.  I figured a few things out here and there but the majority of the time I was turning the page and going 'WHAT!?!' - the hell, John Marrs... haha - what a delightful, entertaining and scary read.  Scary in how humans react to ideas planted in their heads.  It's like when you go to a psychic and they say this and this will happen... does it happen because they saw it or is it just your subconscious making it happen because the idea has been planted there?  Curiouser and curiouser...


Jessica's Review:

After reading THE GOOD SAMARITAN by John Marrs I was so ready to pick up his next release. THE ONE did not disappoint. This book deserves all of the hype it has gained and I would highly recommend picking up anything by John Marrs. 

What if you could find your soulmate with a simple DNA test? Finding your perfect match that you were genetically made for is a simple mouth swab away. We follow five different characters that have been "matched" and they are about to find who they were made for. Mandy is seeking her match because she is the last of her siblings to be, Christopher is a psychopath and only got the test done out of curiosity, Jade found her match but they're geographically undesirable, Nick is engaged and they want to make sure they are meant for each other, and then Ellie is a workaholic CEO who is tired of traditional dating. 

The chapters are quick and alternate between the different characters. I've always loved this approach and it helps you get more invested in each character as the story progresses. Despite there being five main characters, Marrs does a fantastic job keeping everything straight for the readers. I didn't find myself lost at all between the jumping perspectives. 

Those that love the thriller and suspense genre need to pick this one up! However, there are great science fiction elements included that make this more unique. There are great twists and turns - he knows how to throw a curveball at you. 

I give this a solid 5/5 stars!

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