The One

The One

A Novel

Book - 2017
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A novel that imagines what happens after scientists discover the genetic code that pairs people with their soulmates. 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 soulmates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario Hanover Square Press, ©2017.
ISBN: 9781335998859
Characteristics: 412 pages :,illustration ;,24 cm.


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Mar 30, 2021

I think the premise of this book, that there can be a biological DNA matching system to find your true love is far fetched. Maybe you could find a DNA match for someone you could "fall in love with" based on chemical reactions. But that is not love, that just physical attraction, only one element of love. But to say that there is ONLY ONE right match for you among the billions in the world is preposterous.
The concept in this book was used to create the Netflix series The ONE. It is rather losely based. The stories in the book and the stories in the series are really different.
The book was interesting enough, but also rather depressing.

Oh My Goodness! This book!!! I loved the cliff hanger chapters. I ate this book up. I'm a person who loves twists and this book had that. Even better though is fact that many of the twists you didn't see coming... Are all John Marrs books like this?! i think i'll have to find out! great book.
***Top pick for 2020***

Jul 29, 2020

Fantastic audiobook!!

Jul 18, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. It took a unique approach to exploring the concept of whether everyone has that one person who is fated to be their soulmate. Each relationship explored was vastly different than the last, and each one had its own unique twist. I couldn't put it down!

Mar 14, 2020

I really enjoyed this book. Very thought provoking and explored a lot of different options. I kept wanting to skip through to find out what happened with my favourite story lines!

Jan 28, 2020

“One simple mouth swab is all it takes. A quick DNA test to find your perfect partner – the one you’re genetically made for.”

This book was totally addictive! I found myself completely intrigued and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next to each of the people who had submitted their DNA! There was a bit of a large cast of characters but I never got confused, and the storylines didn't come together at the end, as so often happens. I loved how clever The One was.

As I read, I found myself wondering why some people ARE instantly attracted to each other, sometimes it's one-sided, and sometimes there is no attraction at all. Wouldn't life be easier if the one actually existed, just waiting to be found?? Imagine my surprise when I Googled "matching people by their DNA" and found it currently exists, although they don't match a person to his or her one perfect match.

I loved this book and it gave me a lot to think about!!

Jan 04, 2020

This book is absolutely fantastic. It feels like you're reading your new favorite episode of Black Mirror. The One might very well be one of my favorite books of all time. A quick read because you won't put it down. Delightfully unpredictable.

Content warning: some violence against women.

Oct 17, 2019

The book is gives you so much suspense of each of the character's perspective. I could not put the book down and wanted to know more and more of what happens next.
I loved each character in the book. Highly recommend it.

Apr 10, 2019

This book is CRAZY. So many twists and turns. Truly shocking. Couldn't have predicted the ending.....

Definitely entertaining.

Dec 28, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Truly entertaining...

What if there were a gene, a part of your DNA, that when tested, would ensure you could find your soulmate? Would you go for it? Or would you still prefer to find the person you were meant to be with the old fashioned way? The One follows 5 separate people on their journey with their newly found Matched person….and it doesn’t all end in happily ever after.

Mandy, Jade, Nick, Christopher and Ellie have all discovered their “soulmate” through the website Match Your DNA. But as you can imagine many obstacles get in the way of true happiness...

Pros: Incredibly clever premise, and just the right amount of characters to keep it interesting.

Cons: Actually I liked it quite a lot...but I definitely wouldn’t call it a thriller...more of a thought provoking drama.

Great read...but adjust your expectations so you aren’t disappointed if you are expecting a thriller.

4 stars

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