The One – John Marrs
Title: The One
Author: John Marrs
Publisher: Hanover Square Press
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Science Fiction/Romance
I heard about this in a book recommendation magazine I subscribe to as a librarian. It spoke to my 16-year-old self who was obsessed with the idea of soulmates. I lived and breathed anything related to the topic and even believed at one time in my life that I had found mine. Additionally, this book was all about our Brit cousins, which added to the appeal.
Well this book was about soulmates and then some. It wasn’t the romantic ride I anticipated. Instead, it was about the darker side of finding and knowing that the one made for you exists out in the world.
It was a fast paced read with five characters to follow. Each character had a different experience once they met their match. There were some happier stories, but overall the book is about the problems that arise from having a DNA match.
I enjoyed the ride, even though it was not what I expected to read. The characters were developed and engaging. I found myself enraptured by each individual story-line and rooted for them all, even the less than human personalities.
Synopsis: A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.
That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.
Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…
A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.