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The One

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Publisher's Summary

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....

(Note: Previously published as A Thousand Small Explosions)

©2017 John Marrs (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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    Candice 05-19-17
    Candice 05-19-17

    I don't believe in giving one-star reviews just because I am irritated that the publisher's blurb compares it to 'Gone Girl."

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    "If you read only ONE book this year..."

    ...make it The One. What a great, engaging, and unique story.
    What if there was really a soul mate for you somewhere in this wide world based only and completely on genetics? No matter your race, creed, religion, looks, where in the world you live, age, mental state, or even sexual orientation? And what if there existed a test, where for a simple swab and 9.99 your DNA match can be revealed to you? Would you do it? What if you are already happily married? Or what if your match is your same sex, and you are heterosexual (or at least, thought you were?!).
    I found the concept of "DNA matching" a little suspicious at first, and actually that healthy skepticism stayed with me through the end. But that did not detract from the overall vision that I think the author was trying to convey.
    The story is told through the points of view five main characters. Here are a few- Ellie, the CEO of a controversial mega-corporation who is both revered and reviled; Nathan, in love with his fiancé and ready to settle down, if only the girlfriend would stop insisting they "take the test;" Christopher, an ambitious and goal-oriented psychopath who finds his match and feels his life finally about to change.
    The book is told in fast-paced, short chapters alternating between the five main characters. This choice made it near impossible for me to put the book down and it worked absolutely wonderfully to showcast the different experiences, opportunities, and dangers inherent in this technology. As is often the case with multiple POV storylines, some storylines may interest you overall more than others. But in the end John Marrs achieved the seemingly impossible: making me care about every single one of then, even the more than flawed ones.
    Also, this book made me think A LOT about where the story ended for each character. Who "deserved" his or her fate? Was there ever a truly "happy ending?" If so, at what cost?
    An excellent book- smart, savvy, and superbly well done- that I highly recommend. I will be looking for more John Marrs books in the future!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Elizabeth 05-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Very interesting"

    I really enjoyed this book. All the stories are so different, yet they are intertwined in a way that keeps you engaged. The ending(s) are unique and I enjoyed the twists throughout the book. All of the narrators did a great job, as well. Would definitely recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie H. Myers Silver Spring Md 05-20-17
    Melanie H. Myers Silver Spring Md 05-20-17 Member Since 2016

    Melanie Myers

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    "5 stars"

    kept me interested the whole time with a few twists and turns. I would recommend

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    Suzanne 05-19-17
    Suzanne 05-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Captivating"

    Wow!! This was a truly riveting story that I couldn't stop listening to, yet didn't want it to end.

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    Linda Richardson 05-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Have you met The 🔴ne? Find your perfect match!"

    What a fantastic book. I highly recommend it for readers of both the SciFi & Thriller genres. This could easily be a 5 episodes of the Twilight Zone or Black Mirror with its twisted romance stories. Also if you love Joe 💙 [Caroline Kepnes' character in "You" & "Hidden Bodies"], you're gonna love more than one of the guys & gals in this brilliant novel.

    I decided to post my thoughts and chose leave a review after reading the advance ecopy of this book I received via Net Galley courtesy of Del Rey / Ebury Books / Penguin Random House the Publisher.

    Thank you DelRay, Ebury & John Marrs for sending this book to me and giving me an opportunity to read it before the UK publication date of May 4, 2017. I also purchased the Audible since it's perfectly suited to listening with its multiple narrators!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    fitB4forty USA 05-14-17
    fitB4forty USA 05-14-17

    fitB4forty

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    "Love this book!!"

    I loved how the author had several different stories going on. There are so many twist and turns and the ending is amazing!! Truly a great read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • san2har
    5/9/17
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    "Don't look for love on the internet"

    This was excellent delving into people's vanities and insecurities using web technology to find 'the one'. Excellent narration and story lines but suspend belief

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Natallie
    5/19/17
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    "unique, gripping and well performed."

    great book if your looking for a new story against the sea of detective thrillers and Girl on the Trrain spin offs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deirdre
    5/12/17
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    "Loved this book - original & unexpected"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great narration, great story, kept me guessing til the very end. Highly recommend


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ellie S
    5/17/17
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    "Thought provoking, powerful and very creepy."

    Loved it, excellent narration and will definitely read more John Marrs books. The wow factor!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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