*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of KINDLE Ebook The One by John Marrs

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I read the premise and immediately requested this one on Netgalley as it sounds so cool and topical.

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…

We follow these five people as they take the test and have to cope with the consequences as they find themselves dealing with the fallout. I am not going to be able to go into details because I’m allergic to spoilers and Marrs’ clever plotting is one of the best things about this smart near-future science fiction adventure. I have to say I nearly skipped this one in the early stages with the intention of returning when I wasn’t feeling so thick-headed and ill as reading a short passage in one viewpoint before being yanked away into yet another pov isn’t my favourite narrative mode. Fortunately, trying to work out what to read next proved just as taxing so I decided to go with my default which was to give it until 20% to get going. And by the time we got to that stage, I was hooked.

The cast of characters were all engrossing and well depicted. As for likeable – well, they mostly were with one outstanding exception and if I’d realised he was part of the story there is a strong likelihood I would have given this one a miss. However, I am glad I didn’t as I would have missed the sheer bravura of Marrs twisty plotting where little is as it seems.

In amongst this unfolding story, Marrs raises some interesting and disturbing questions… While couples in established and loving relationships are encouraged to take the test as they find it deepens their love for each other when they discover they are Matched – what happens if they aren’t? And while the genetic test can find a Match for the majority of the population, there are instances where they can’t. Either their genetic match has died, or isn’t on a database – what happens then? And has this engrossing tale demonstrates – being Matched doesn’t guarantee living happily ever after as there all sorts of intriguing scenarios where it is little short of a disaster.

In fact, I came away from this interesting, thought provoking book with deep thankfulness that I have a kind, loving companion who deeply cares for me – and a fervent promise to myself that whatever happens I’d never dabble in getting Matched, should the opportunity come up. This one is highly recommended.

While I obtained the arc of The One from the publisher via NetGalley, this has in no way influenced my unbiased review.
9/10

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12 responses »

  1. This certainly is fascinating concept, and I loved the review because of the description of the “process” you went through from hearing ABOUT the book, to getting started, to getting “hooked” etc. Great review (as usual).

    • Thank you Rae – yes… it is a really engrossing read with the story steadily building up as you continue learning slices of each person’s life.

  2. I”m not sure I’d want to take that test! This does sound interesting and intriguing though. I like that the majority of the characters are likable. So often in anything science fiction-y they aren’t. I’ll have to look for this one. It sounds different and like it gets you thinking!

    • Yes, while there is one major antagonist, the rest of the characters are at least understandable – and there are some wonderful plot twists along the way…

  3. Oooh, what an interesting book! I’m definitely putting it on my TBR list. I love the premise, because it resonates with my thoughts about love and finding partners: that people are often desperate for quick solutions (love from the first sight, etc.) and they aren’t willing to work for the relationship, to figure out differences, etc. I’d love to see the author’s view on those things.
    Thank you for bringing this book to my attention!

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