Book Review Tuesday: The One by John Marrs #literaryfiction #sciencefiction @johnmarrs1

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I’ve only got one book to share today but it’s one I’ve had my eye on for quite some time. I sat on the fence for a while, until reviews told me I should risk the plunge, and I’m glad I did. This is already a Netflix series, and although I haven’t seen any of the episodes I’m curious how these intriguing stories (there are several plot lines to follow) will play out on TV.


Now on Netflix!

The USA Today bestseller

Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018

“Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up.” —

“A shock on every other page.” —Wall Street Journal

How far would you go to find The One?

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.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

A DNA gene has been discovered to match you with your perfect mate—your soul mate, or “the one” you are meant to spend your life with. In. Marrs’ novel, the reader follows the lives of five different couples who have been matched. Told in third person POV, chapters alternate between couples from the moment they discover they’ve been matched. And no, this is definitely NOT a romance novel. Each situation is unique, bringing complications and problems, with an intriguing twist per couple. I found the chapters easy to follow. Swift pacing and hook chapter endings kept me so engrossed, I finished the book in two days.

There are several surprises in store, some bigger than the others, with a final series of twists that explode one after the other. It’s difficult to say anything about each couple situation without giving away spoilers, but all five story lines are highly interesting. This one would make for great book club discussions.

63 thoughts on “Book Review Tuesday: The One by John Marrs #literaryfiction #sciencefiction @johnmarrs1

    • Hi, Smitha. Thanks for stopping by to check out the review. I’m glad to hear it has you intrigued enough to add the book to your reading list. I found it highly entertaining!


    • Priscilla, this book makes for excellent dinner (and book club) discussions. Especially with the way everything plays out. It really makes you think. But my DH is my soulmate, regardless of what DNA testing might say, LOL!


    • It’s different, Jacqui. I was unsure about it and hedged on taking the plunge for the longest time, but it kept me enthralled cover to cover. I’m glad I took a chance on it.


    • I like your use of “wildly imaginative,” Balroop. This book definitely falls into that category, yet it’s scary to think there might already be scientists out there working on a like concept. Bizarre and scary!

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  1. Glad you enjoyed this one, Mae! You’re so right about the chapter endings keeping one hooked, I couldn’t put this one down. There is so much to explore about this premise that I’m tempted to write something on it too.

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  2. I just checked out Netflix. The series was released on March 12 this year and it has 8 episodes. It seems like another interesting sci-fi novel/movie. The new generations these days are open to online dating, so they may be interested in DNA match. Great review, Mae!

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    • Thanks for letting me know about Netflix, Miriam. I haven’t checked out the series yet, but I want to give it a try. I loved the book, and look forward to seeing how the series matches up. I agree with you about younger generations, too, although int he book, some of the characters are older as well!


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