Blog Tour: The One by John Marrs

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…

What I Thought:
I was immediately intrigued by the concept of The One – I’ve had many a philosophical discussion about soul mates and whether there is one person out there for you, so the idea that the multi-million pound dating industry can be distilled down to a single mouth swab is definitely worth a conversation.

I can’t really go into huge detail about the book, as it would very quickly get into spoiler territory, but this one of the things I liked about it. The plot kicked off very quickly after each character was introduced, and did not have a chance to get over-dulled with back story and description, blah-de-blah – the information the reader is given is what is needed at the time and very quickly gets you hooked.

I enjoyed the way the book was written, in vignettes that cycled through each character in sequence, revealing more and more about them. It worked really well as, although the book focuses on 5 characters, there was no attempt to shoehorn them into friendships that seemed unnatural. It would have been weird to have 5 people of the same friendship group suddenly going through these momentous, life-changing situations, so they are kept separate and the book is the better for it.

The One is billed as a psychological thriller, which it is, but there is also the central element of science fiction, plus crime fiction, romance and soap opera but, as I’ve said, as each story is self-contained, it’s at some points like reading a short story collection. This is by no means a bad thing, and it keeps the novel running at a good pace.

The characters themselves are all very different, with many elements to love and hate, but their reasons for taking the DNA test and what they do with that information will either have you rooting for them, or shouting at them and, although they were all excellently written, I think Christopher was the most interesting to read about – perhaps that’s because of my own love of crime fiction??

As the book comes to a close, there are some huge twists, and surprises that I would have never guessed, but it was definitely a rewarding read!

The One is out now, published by Del Rey, in paperback and ebook.

To find out more about the book and the author, you can catch up with John Marrs on Twitter.

This post is part of a blog tour celebrating the book’s release. If you want to read some fab content about The One, then please visit some of the participating sites:

I was given a copy of The One by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed are, as ever, my own.

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