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The One af John Marrs
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The One (udgave 2020)

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Soon to be a major Netflix Original series A Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018 "Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up." --AARP "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.… (mere)
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Titel:The One
Forfattere:John Marrs (Forfatter)
Info:Hanover Square Press (2020), Edition: First Time Paperback, 512 pages
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A neat story idea. What would it be like to have access to a scientific method that matches you with your soulmate? The one whom you are destined to be with, is determined through DNA and genetic science. This novel explores the consequences of having an online service that matches each person with the ONE, for a fee.

We follow six couples who find, or are trying to find, the one they are genetically matched with through the service. Some of their journeys are thrilling, and others are predictable, but the novel contains enough twists in at least two storylines to keep the reader interested.

There are a few inevitable plots holes, but they can be glossed over in the appreciation of a good story. And if one looks closely there are some valid questions about human nature, free choice and the unpredictable consequences of knowing that the success of a relationship is pre-determined though a genetic match, and whether it is ethical to make a distinction between a genetically endorsed match or a regular old-school match. And although these questions are not central to the story, they leave the reader with enough to ponder after the last page. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
All the unexpected plot twists made this thriller so fun to read that I couldn't put the book down. ( )
  Ellimon | Aug 27, 2021 |
What if your ‘soul’ mate could be found if you both just so happened to pay for the test?
What if you discover your ‘soul’ mate wasn’t what you always dreamed of?
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  VadersMorwen | Jul 29, 2021 |
Ooh, I ripped right through this wild ride, and no amount of ruckus from my little lad, ringing from the telephone, or beeping from the oven timer *insert photo of burnt rolls here* was able to break my concentration!

The One was a timely read for me, given I had recently read The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson. The latter is a non-fiction book about Jennifer Doudna, one of the pioneering scientists behind the RNA CRISPR technology used for gene editing, and John Marrs' offering is an inventive fictional story about soulmate matching via DNA chemistry. Not the same in premise, but with both selections, I found myself lost in thought about the ethics of scientists being able to play God, so to speak, and the unintended consequences of tampering with our genetic makeup.

Sure, it might seem like a splendid proposal, being matched with your soulmate, therefore bypassing all the wasted dates with Mr. or Ms. Wrong, and instead, being fast-tracked to blissful happiness…but what of the Mr. or Mrs. Mediocre that you love and were already married to - with 3 kids and a mortgage - before the advent of this Machiavellian scientist’s discovery? What about the people that don’t have matches, and become the lower tier of society: the ‘unmatched,’ and consequently, unloved? Damn, those unintended consequences sure can do a number on the innovations of society.

Ethical debates aside, this is one of the fastest-moving novels I have ever read. I’m sure that the adeptly crafted point-of-view changes between five different clients that were ‘matched’ with their DNA soulmate had a lot to do with this, but it is also an intensely suspenseful thriller that kept me fully immersed. It is like reading five independent books simultaneously, as each person’s story follows its ups, downs, and plot-twisting climaxes, but there is no struggle to keep them straight.

Each tale is unique and inspires reflection, yet my only contention with this style of writing in an average-sized novel is that there is no chance for any substantial character development. Maybe I'm just loyal to an aspect of a story that I cherish, though, and this isn’t required for all books, as clearly the entertainment value was not lacking.

There is a whole lot of crazy in these characters, as well as some exceptionally creative plot lines that challenge conventional wisdom. This had me curious about Marrs’ other books and what unique perspectives they may offer, so halfway through The One I took a trip to his Goodreads Author page, where I promptly added all of his books to my queue, haha. I’m not sure when I think I’m going to read all of the thousands of books on my growing TBR list, but that’s a discussion for another post. ;-)

The themes offered throughout, however succinct in their delivery, are surrounding love, manipulation, desperation, mental illness, and revenge. Although you won’t find any earth-shattering quotes to pin up on your mirror, the writing is sound and the flow is smooth. I’m going to give this one a 4.5 stars, with that small slice remaining for the loss I felt of not being invited to know the characters and their motivations more keenly.

So, the next time you find yourself in the dreaded reading rut, give this one a go, it will blow your mind!

To see the bookmark I was inspired to make after reading The One, please visit my Peachy Books blog post here: https://peachybooks.ca/2021/07/19/book-review-the-one-by-john-marrs/ ( )
  PeachyBooksCA | Jul 20, 2021 |
I have to say I am so happy i discovered Marr’s books
They’re excellent
They’re classified as science fiction. But really it’s a page turn. A you can’t putter downer. This book will be made into a series via Netflix and I can’t wait ! ( )
  amandasgoodbooks | Jul 3, 2021 |
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Soon to be a major Netflix Original series A Wall Street Journal Best Science Fiction Book of 2018 "Just try to put this gripping thriller down once you pick it up." --AARP "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.

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