Book Review/Discussion: The One by John Marrs

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Author: John Marrs

Genres: Thriller/Fiction/Romance

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Release Date: May 4, 2017

Rating: Well Damn (See Rating System/Scale)

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…

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

–  Goodreads Synopsis

Can you imagine finding out you have a true love –  a soulmate – one person in the world that’s for you and you only? It’s already a matter of believing there’s a person only destined for you, and another to actually find a way to determine who links with whom. Scientists are already working on things similar to this, so who knows, we might find out if soulmates are real or only for the imagination. This is a great discussion topic, but we’ll get more into that after the review.


Let’s get the strengths out of the way first:

  1. Pace
  2. Plot
  3. Real Life Issue
  4. Outcomes

As the synopsis provided, there are five characters we focus on: Mandy, Christopher, Ellie, Nick, and Jade. The pace of their stories are pretty fast paced. You could read half the book in no time and won’t realize it. Since there is more than one main character, that is a major pro to introducing the reader (you, me, us, we, he/she wombo?) of each story, personality, problem, and their thought process. However, the pacing is fine, the transition on the other hand, not so much. That’ll be described the con section below.

We all wonder is the plot good, will we like it, is it enjoyable to read through – short answer, yes. The plot hosts what can be considered a real world issue, making it even better than it is. Can science determine love? I’m studying to be a scientist, chemist to be specific. From my point of view, science can’t and won’t be able to answer every question and that’s okay. John Marrs dug into that, showing us what may or may not arise from this new discovery.

Each character went through their own outcome. A twist at the end created a massive underlining situation that can definitely happen as well. This makes you think of our current world or national issues. Would equality actually cause people to suffer due to there being no type of “competition”? What would happen if everything people fought for was legalized or finally accepted? Or something random (still an issue though), what if weed was completely acceptable – would crime rates go down? John Marrs helps you think and figure out your own ideas and answers to potential “crises”.

Cons – Minor Problems

  1. Characters
  2. Transitioning

The transition from character to character was a bit confusing. Marrs kept the chapters short and sweet, but it didn’t flow how you think it would. In the beginning, it didn’t seem like it was cohesive. More like it just flipped back and forth. You’ll probably get used to it quickly, so it’s not such a matter in question that’ll make or break the story. I would have to say to keep going; it’ll keep you enamored anyway.

Lastly, I’m iffy when it comes to the characters. Maybe not the characters themselves, but the way they handled things. Think to yourself, “I found my one and only scientifically; this can’t be wrong”. Would you truly believe that? That’s not even the real problem here. A discovery that shakes the entire world, people ought to question it, not themselves. Whether you believe in fate or having one person specifically for you, stressing yourself and letting science dictate your entire mindset is a no in my book. This isn’t a spoiler – almost each character had something to do with this, either halfheartedly or fully.


The One by John Marrs was given five stars (or a well damn rating) for a reason. It can make you think deep into things, almost like those 2 AM conversations you have with your friends while already being supplied with snacks to munch on along the way (memories). Some may not get it, others might. The characters, transition, and issue at hand won’t stop you from reading at all in my honest opinion. It’s all up to you on that.

I strongly recommend!


Do you believe in having a soulmate? Can science determine love? Would you leave who you’re with if your soulmate proved to be someone else?

  1. I don’t believe in soulmates, true love maybe, but no soulmates. There has to be other people out there for you.
  2. Science as we know it is not capable of configuring the mind or emotions. Those are two of the biggest mysteries of the human anatomy! I can’t possibly put my faith into a discovery like that.
  3. I can’t leave my girl; that’s my baby. Who’s this other woman…..or guy…..or…animal? Doesn’t matter, I wouldn’t leave because a test told me someone else is better for me.

Let’s discuss!

4 thoughts on “Book Review/Discussion: The One by John Marrs

  1. The question he poses is would you do the test? I probably would (yes I admitted it) out of curiosity and to see who that other person might be, but I’m a really sceptical person too so it doesn’t mean I would just jump into it and marry that person because it says so. It is just a possibility and don’t we all want to find our perfect match? Careful what you wish for though, as is the case in this book 🙂

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  2. I love science and based on your review I am intrigued by the concept. If I choose to read it I would due to curiosity. Your review was good in that you touched on the important aspects of a read and you gave just enough information about the content.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it and hope you find the novel to your liking. Thanks for the feedback, too. I made sure to keep it spoiler-free, but with a lot of detail. I’m thinking of shortening my next book review to see which is better, short or long.

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