The One: What if you could know the One you’re meant for?

The One Book Review

What is this about?: Different characters who find their One, the person science has decreed is their other half.

What else is this about?: True love: Is it better to know? Is it better not to know?

Blurb: 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.

The One is a very clever take on something we’ve all been taught to want: The One. The One that is your other half, and without whom you are incomplete. John Marrs takes this plot and plays with it in every different ways, and very thoughtful ways.

I recommended this a few weeks ago, and there focused on the blurb that revolved around The One being a killer. That’s a little bit misleading, and this one here (above) is only so accurate. The One could never well be a set of short stories all revolving around the idea of The One, the one you must love. Marrs packs a lot into several plots in this book, treating them as separate stories in essence, despite the alternating POVs.

His characters all have found The One, but each navigates a complicated situation with their other half. This provides tons of food for thought, and I’m still contemplating the end of the book – would it be easier to know who you are meant for and having that certainty? Or is love about falling in love, about navigating the minefields that can come with someone who isn’t your One?

These are the questions the characters grapple with, and Marrs does a fine job of packing a ton of emotion into these stories, but I have to admit, I did think he could have done with a few less characters in order to give the ones he had depth.

That said, I am definitely impressed with what he’s done with a plot we’re trained to want. It’s a subtle mind-f**k in some ways, and something that will make you think differently about what we’re all expected to want.

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