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Review: The One by John Marrs

The One by John Marrs releases February 20, 2018 from Hanover Square Press 
**I received an advanced copy of this release via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I received no additional compensation.**

Netgalley Summary:
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.

My Review:
This book will really get you thinking! I'm always intrigued by genetics and this book shines a light, albeit fictional, on the whole new world that DNA databases are opening. People are interested in their ancestry and their dispositions toward health risks but there are some aspects to this industry that are currently being overlooked. But, I digress...which is what my mind kept doing as I was reading this--in a good way! In John Marrs' The One you can find your true soul mate, the one other person in the world that matches with you. So what happens if you are already married to someone else, or your mate is decades older than you, or a myriad of other situations? Would you leave your spouse for the chance at a life with your one true love? This book follows a handful of people who have been matched and some crazy stuff happens. I really liked the Christopher and Ellie storylines, but the storylines were all so complex and fascinating. I'm definitely recommending this to anyone who loves reading about the dark and misunderstood aspects of human nature and in a strange, twisted way--love.


Carmen said...

What a scary premise this book develops. I wouldn't like a DNA-matched soul mate. But is it really a soul mate or the most compatible individual on earth according to your DNA? Just wondering... ;-)

Rhiannon Johnson said...

It begins as a DNA match but when couples are matched they fall instantly in love.

Judy Krueger said...

Ooh, this sounds like a good one. I know several people who have had their DNA analyzed and it has put me off a bit. I like the twist this book implies.