The One by John Marrs


It took only the blurb to encourage me to buy this book by John Marrs. With the developments in science becoming more revolutionary each day. This seemed such an interesting idea just from the tagline. It wasn’t an unrealistic plot because it is feasible that this could one day happen – or something similar.


To briefly summarize the book, the story revolves around a scientific dating website that can find you the person that was ‘made’ for you by matching your DNA with theirs providing they register too. There are five different points of view in the book. At first, I found this a little off-putting. When it changed chapter to a different person, I had to take a minute to remember who they were and where we had last left them. But after a while, it was seamless for me. It was like watching a tv program. I think that this what really sets John Marrs apart as one of the most impressive writers that I have read. It certainly puts my writing to shame. I couldn’t possibly consider the amount of work it must have taken him to craft five different people’s worlds. I have read many a book that has attempted to do this and failed, but Marrs has shown how it is done. The people jumped off the page, despite that their lives were so different. I just need to mention here that I loved Marrs included Birmingham where I live, and I’ve been to the Bacchus Bar! That’s never happened to me before. They were all connected by this DNA match, but it affected them so differently. It was incredible to read.


As I was reading this book, I couldn’t decide what genre it would be; it tackles so many issues, the threat of the internet, love, friendship, illness. It even had a serial killer threaded into the story. But it works so well. It’s like all your favorite genres wrapped into one. The depth to this book is sensational. I think it tapped into how difficult it is to find love in this modern age and is an app the best way to do that. It also examines how dependent we are becoming on technology. I’m currently watching Outlander, and this book made consider the incredible changes we have seen since the 18th century and are we that much better off for it? Is it bringing just as many problems as advancements? There was a time that marriage was arranged for you by your parents, but now it seems we are happy for science to choose our husband/wife. You could talk about this subject all day, and this book is a brilliant take on the way our lives are changing as technology advances and is that necessarily a good or bad thing?


I can’t get over how staggeringly well-crafted this story is, and I will definitely be recommending this to everyone. I’m also looking forward to reading more from this stunningly talented author.


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