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...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!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This book is amazing. Completely original and captivating. I absolutely cannot recommend this enough!!!!! Read. This. Now!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
This was a fairly decent listen, but left me feeling it could have been so much more, both from a literary and narration point of view.
They story's concept was interesting but I thought the execution of the story was a bit hit and miss. Some parts of the book left me gagging for the next chapter in that character's story while others left me cringing, and fast-forwarding to get past it.
Some of the narration I feel was miscast and over read in some parts but, in the main, was OK.
Not Booker prize material, but wouldn't be the first book in the fire on The Day after Tomorrow.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I liked the concept of the story line before I started reading but this book really exceeded my expectations!
It made me laugh, cry and had me on the edge of my seat at times. This is a great listen and I was completely hooked.
The narration was brilliant and I enjoyed all of the different characters!
I would highly recommend this book!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed the book as a whole and found the different voice actors a useful way of distinguishing all the story lines. I thought this was a really enjoyable read for someone wanting something a bit different but not too heavy. I would probably recommend this book to female listeners more than males ones. I would absolutely try the author and narrators again!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Where does The One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I've listened to around 35 audiobooks and they have all been great (4.5-5 stars) but 'The One' is by far the best yet - wish I could give it more stars!