Friday, 28 April 2017

Review: The One by John Marrs

*****5 Stars*****

Humans really seem incapable of avoiding the desire to find their soulmate or one true love. As the decades pass, new and more intriguing dating websites and apps pop up. It's probably not too hard to imagine that one day, DNA may be used to help in this eternal quest which is the jumping off point for this gripping novel by John Marr.

In The One, scientists have discovered that that every Pearson shares a gene with only one other person. This gene links you to your soul mate and a decade later, instead of visiting, people are flocking to have their mouths' swabbed so a DNA test can help match them to their soulmate. Sounds perfect on paper, but in reality, a DNA that helps you find the one person meant for you is not without its drawbacks!

As the five characters in this book discover, DNA is scientific, but not perfect. Your match can be anywhere in the world, any gender, any age, any temperament and could also already be in a relationship. Plus, how can you be sure the person Science says you should be is even a decent human being?

I was captivated by this book and it's premise from page one. Though we follow five characters and their individual (and intersecting) storylines, the writing style and format made it easy to follow. Can something as absolute as science really control something as illogical as love? You'll definitely be asking yourself that question as you make your way through this gripping science fiction bent thriller.

Reviewed by Rosemary Feil 

How far would you go to find THE ONE?

One simple mouth swab is all it takes.

One tiny 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 person, millions have taken the test, desperate to find true love.

Now, five more people take the test. But even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking - and deadlier - than others...

A psychological thriller with a difference, this is a truly unique novel which is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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