Review of ‘The One’ by John Marrs

What if you could be genetically matched with your soulmate? That’s the concept of this extremely twisty thriller. It’s an entertaining read which also questions our definitions of love and the importance placed on finding ‘the one’. Plus, a warning against revealing so much of ourselves on social media.

The story is narrated in the third person, following several characters who don’t know each other. The only link between them is that they have found their genetic ‘match’ through the new technology. So we have different storylines and it’s not until near the end of the book that we see how they fit into the broader narrative.

Every short chapter has a gasp-worthy twist, sensational reveal or ends on a cliffhanger. The reliance on twists was almost indecent and certainly wouldn’t work for most books. This kept me turning the pages, but I began to get a little tired of it.

As with The Passengers, the writing is somewhat clunky. In addition, there were too many typos, suggesting that the book needed more thorough editing and proofreading before publication.

If you’re thinking of reading a John Marrs book, then I’d recommend The One, rather than The Passengers. Just be warned that there are some graphic murder scenes.

First published in 2017. It’s going to be a Netflix series but I don’t know when.

6 thoughts on “Review of ‘The One’ by John Marrs”

  1. I listened to this as an audiobook, so didn’t notice the typos. I loved it. Next on my list was The Passengers – I’ll definitely do that as an audiobook now

    1. I never considered that a one of the pros of audiobooks is the lack of typos! If I had the attention span to listen, I would certainly get around my typo-spotting obsession that way 🙂 I’m glad you loved this book, it was a very thought-provoking concept. I’m sure The Passengers works well as an audiobook. It’s very dramatic and is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat 🙂

    1. I feel I need to mention them when there are just too many typos! But I would still recommend the book.

  2. OMG TYPOS??? Gosh…if it’s minor its forgivable, but when it’s too many, it’d definitely frustrate me! Love your review, NS!

    1. I just can’t stop noticing the typos! It can really affect my enjoyment of a book when it has not been proofread or typeset carefully enough. Thanks Jee! 🙂

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