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Book Thoughts: The One (John Marrs)

Marrs, John - The One


Title: The One
Author: John Marrs
Genre: Fiction/Thriller/Speculative
First published: 2016
Edition: Kindle e-book

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 are 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.


This was such a compelling read. I was hooked from the beginning, though it lost a little bit of steam towards the middle, but ended on a high note.

The concept of this book worked so well. It was easy to imagine that DNA-matching could be a thing. Let’s hope not!

I really enjoyed the writing. The story follows five different people and their experiences as they find their ‘Match’. Will any of them end up happy? The stories were all very different from each other apart from the fact that nothing was what it seemed and I loved that about this book.

It lost me a little bit just at the beginning of the final third, but luckily I was dragged back in quickly enough to really enjoy the ending. The blip may have had something to do with me reading for too long!

Overall, this was a very enjoyable and surprisingly quick read. I had trouble putting it down for sure. Yet, I have to say I did not completely love it. There were a few things that were too obvious. However, I will definitely be reading more from this author.

There is something very ‘Black Mirror’ about this book and if you enjoy that TV series, you will love this.

5 out of 7 stars