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The One

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4.5 out of 5 stars (323 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2018 John Marrs (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Meh, Cliché Characters & a Bit of a Soap Opera

NO SPOILERS! This book has a great premise and I wanted to love it like other John Marrs stories. I did not enjoy the layout of the story, it took too much concentration to keep up with all of the plot lines- I believe there were four separate plots. I enjoyed some stories more than others, which almost tempted me to skip chapters and just listen to the characters I liked.

The story started off with a smart storyline, but the characters became more and more cliché. It seemed like he created conflict just for the sake of creating it.

I recommend this if you like soap operas and medical mysteries. As for me, just not enough thrills.

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Extremely entertaining

This book feels like a long episode of Black Mirror. It's a great mix of science fiction and romance. I flew through it in just a few days. All the narrators are great, and I loved the ending.

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nope

Scattered, unbelievable story line. No character development. Disappointing. I loved his last book, read that!

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What is love?

This book was recommended to me by a friend and it did not disappoint. Although the scenario of the book was fictional (that soul mates could be found through their DNA), it made me question my idea about love and soul mates. Must read!

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Middle of the road.

The concept of this book was very interesting. The execution was— well, I felt a little disappointed. We are introduced to five or so characters who prove that a DNA match to determine your soulmate isn’t always the best in the end. It lags at times and, if it weren’t highly recommended to me, I would probably have stopped listening halfway through.

The book’s layout was odd. It felt like the listener was jerked around from one place to another, because the chapters were short. I quickly got tired of them ending on a cliffhanger; sometimes, I just wanted to fast-forward to the more interesting stories.

There is Ellie, the founder of the company.
Nick, who wants to marry his girlfriend
Jade, whose match is on the other side of the world
Mandy, whose life spirals after finding her match
And Christopher, a serial killing psychopath who is curious to know his match. (You’d think he would be the most interesting, but I struggled with his story. It was alien and offputting.)

There are some odd twists, but they were mostly predictable. And, again, the layout of the book felt choppy. We get between 2-5 minutes of each character’s story before it switches to another.

John Marrs, if you are reading this, it might be better for you to rerelease The One with full stories of each character one after the other.

If you did that instead of send your reader spinning from one character to the next, I probably would have rated this book higher.



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Excellent Book.

Phenomenal book. Highly addictive! I couldn't put this book down. It was a 3 day book for me. Very satisfying read. Covers almost every genre.

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  • Kelly
  • Oceanside, CA, United States
  • 04-27-19

Hooked me from the very beginning

Not my usual genre, but this one grabbed me right off the bat and wouldn't let go. Every time I thought I had a handle on what was going on, another twist would get thrown into the story. Fantastic narrators, and wonderful plot.

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  • 04-22-19

Should be required reading for romance readers

This book has a lot of insight about relationships buried into the plot in a fresh and engaging way.

Most of the narrators were very good but one was loud and hysterical, and I like books better with a single narrator, so I took points off.

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103 chapters of nonsense (*potential spoilers)

Before I voice my disappointment with this book, I will say that I generally enjoyed most of Marrs books (with the exception of Her Last Move, equally bad), that's why I keep reading them, but this book is mind numbing. First of all, I don't understand why he had to use so many completely unrelated characters to tell this ridiculous story of DNA matching. Other than their use of the matching site, they are just a string of random events. I think three characters would have been plenty for this story. It was impossible to follow, they were all just thrown in there for extra chapters, fully underdeveloped, unlikable, and for a lack of better word, just idiotic. Seriously, if you can believe (even for a fictional moment) that absolutely everyone could be so stupid and absentminded with thoughts of "DNA match soulmate " that they would consider doing just about anything (like getting impregnated with a dead man's sperm) then this is your book. Otherwise spare yourself of 103 chapters of ridiculous nonsense.
It's page after page of babbling desperate women (try the audio version for a full effect) and men in midlife crisis searching for their soulmate only to learn that all of their soulmates are either serial killers. psychos, cheaters, disabled, or dead people. I just can't name a single thing in this book that would make it a good one. I think that today's prevalence of DNA testing and people's willingness to share their genetic material for any type of amusement is becoming a reality so it won't be too long before we see these types of dating sites in reality, I don't really find this DNA matching topic shocking at all, if that was the author's intent with this book. It doesn't help that the audible version was equally bad, read by multiple people with various accents and very different styles of narration, just hard to listen.

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  • Vicky
  • STATEN ISLAND, NY, United States
  • 04-01-19

Great Sci-Fi thriller

This book starts slow and a bit sappy, but gets more and more interesting and captivating. Great read.