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 are 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…
The One by John Marrs
A modern concept to the thriller genre.
One thing I love about this novel is its sheer cleverness and originality. Although categorized as a thriller. One would say albeit moments that were definitely thrilling. The One differs from the usual thrillers/psychological thrillers with crime-based/truth seeking plots. The author constructed the plot ingeniously. The fascinating concept that is the consequences of allowing science to “play god” and how it affects the dating system is a society.
“Is it Fate or Science?”
We humans are sometimes blinded by the belief that an idea driven by science means it is free from the world of human error. It is in our nature to be inquisitive meddlers, sticking our noses where they do not belong. A fellow science fiction fan like myself knows that if it sounds too good to be true, it is a pending catastrophe.
The ideology posed above by this strangely compelling novel is what creates a deeper interest as you read. Marrs cleverly combined the power of love with insights on the laws of attraction and an account on the present world’s genetic research creating an ideal future that is highly believable.
The entertainment value of the novel is another factor worth mentioning. It does not have the grim psychological shrewdness thrillers are known for. It leans towards a more like , enjoyable yet thought-provoking , suspenseful read. Marrs was able to balance eccentricity, with equal parts of drama and light suspense. This skyrocketed the entertainment value of the novel, consequently making it a fun read and what I loved the most about it.
Onto characters and Pacing
There are multiple characters and POVs written meticulously in such a way that it was not a mental hassle keeping up with them. I had the initial thought of the plots overlapping, thankfully that was not the case. The lack of interconnectivity between characters’ stories not only helped. But also made the multiple POVs just as engaging as the last. This structure of writing made for the well-spaced and well-timed pacing of the story, which I fully credit the author for.
It’s hard reviewing this novel without giving away spoilers. Following all 6 couples’ journeys of emotional dilemmas with each character’s fascinating story, albeit predictable for some, did not take away the thrill of the novel. The two characters I wish had more depth to their individual stories are Christopher and Mandy. The contributions of their secondary characters made their story lines most intriguing. Ellie whom I wanted to have a win so bad, had the most intense cliffhanger.However, made the somewhat open ending fulfilling. Nick and Alex had my favorite plot. I rooted for them right from the middle and was pleased with their endings. I have so much to discuss regarding all the characters which I will withhold for the sake of this review. (Join me in the comment section! ;D).
A cleverly written novel with riveting plot sequences and unpredictable thrills.