The One by John Marrs ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

40670312._SY475_Primary Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller
Published: First published 15 July 2016
Page count: 416
My Format: Audiobook via Overdrive
Cover: Simple
Pacing: Okay
Ending: Good
Would I recommend it: Yes
Commission Link: Buy The One

My rating: ★★★★

Synopsis (from Goodreads)
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 soulmates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

My Thoughts
I read The Passengers by John Marrs very recently and I absolutely LOVED IT. I was tickled to see that Overdrive had The One available immediately and delved right in. I did not like this book quite as much as I loved The Passengers, but this was still a good and thought-provoking read. Here are my pros and cons for The One:


  1. What I absolutely loved about this book is how it makes you think. The 5 stories that are told within this book take a look at the impact of DNA matching – both positive and negative – and it really makes the reader consider the morality and ethics involved in the entire process.
  2. I loved how the concept of love was explored. Is love really just in the DNA or is it sometimes in our hearts or even in our heads?
  3. I found myself feeling really bad for people that didn’t have matches (or at least none identified). And what if you were matched, married, and had a great life, but one person passes away… is there only one match for one person ever? Can people have a second match? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!! But the book made me think about things beyond just what I was reading on the page and I appreciate that sometimes!
  4. This was a very unique premise and it was realistically presented (presuming you buy into the DNA matching scenario in the first place!).
  5. The ending was unexpected and brilliant.
  6. This author is simply amazing at writing creative and original stories.


  1. This book is told via 5 individual stories about people that have taken the DNA test to find their matches and the ultimate results. There was no connection between the stories (other than the DNA testing) so the book, as a whole, felt a bit jumbled together. The vignettes were relatively interesting in and of themselves, but overall the book felt incohesive to me.
  2. Since there were 5 individual stories told in alternating chapters (Story 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, then repeat), I had to wait a long time for individual stories to come back around. I found myself getting a bit lost from time to time as new chapters started – I had to remind myself what happened several pages back when I last read about particular characters. This format really interrupted the flow of the book for me. Normally, alternating chapters don’t bother me, but I think there were just too many separate stories in this one for the alternating format to work well.
  3. I enjoyed the Ellie and Christopher stories. The Jade, Mandy, and Nick stories didn’t really hold my interest. Overall, none of the characters were very memorable individually. (Forgive me if I spelled their names incorrectly… I listened to the audiobook version so I never saw their names in print.)
  4. While the book generally described the science behind how matches were made via DNA, I didn’t feel like I got enough of an explanation. Maybe that is just the engineer in me, but I just needed more detail in that regard.
  5. I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as a thriller. If anything, it was primarily a relationship drama!

John Marrs continues to write thought-provoking novels that are frighteningly appropriate for the world we currently live in. I think this book would be a great selection for a book club! I can just imagine the discussions that would develop from this story! Topics could include ethics, morals, societal norms, human nature, science, security, privacy… the list is endless! Would you take a DNA test to meet your match? What if you were already married or in a serious relationship? Is love out of reach if you don’t have a match? I could probably talk about this for hours!

I’ve read that Netflix is making a series based on this book (scheduled to debut in January 2020) and I am super excited to see what they do with it!

I admittedly didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as I enjoyed The Passengers; however, most of my issues with this book stem from execution rather than the story itself. The story itself is 5-star all day long, but the execution and format of the book brought it to 4 stars for me. A 4-star book is still an awesome book though, and I would definitely recommend this to others. At this point, I think I’d recommend any John Marrs book even if I haven’t read it yet! He is now a must-read author for me!

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6 thoughts on “The One by John Marrs ★★★★☆ #BookReview #BookBlog

  1. This was my first book by John Marrs and I absolutely loved it! I agree with you though that the “waiting” between different stories wasn’t the positive thing and I definitely loved some stories more than the others. But overall it was such a great book!

    Can’t wait to read the Passengers by him as well.

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  2. The Passengers incorporates the DNA matching, and some of the issues with it, in one of the story lines. They are independent books but definitely have a connection. I’m reading Welcome To Wherever You Are by Marrs right now. I’m kinda obsessed with his books at the moment! 🙂 You need to get your hands on a copy of The Passengers ASAP!

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