The One by John Marrs is an interesting story. It is set in England in a world where a scientist has discovered a gene that tells people who they are genetically matched with. Think love at first sight with a twist.
Of course this scientist figures out a way to monetize the service and for the low, low fee of 10 pounds a person can find out who they are supposed to spend the rest of their lives with. This gene doesn’t care what sex, color, or ethnicity people are, where they live, or how old they are.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this book when I found it at the library since I’ve never really dated, but I figured what was the worst that could happen. Besides the concept intrigued me. Why do we always want someone to tell us what we’re supposed to do or who we’re supposed to love? All the while screaming about our rights, our entitlements.
So, yeah, if a scientist did ever discover this gene I could see millions of people lining up to get their matches. But my favorite part were the stories of what happened after the characters took the test. Including married couples who discovered they were matched with other people…
If you’re up for a great ‘what if’ story with a side of human angst I recommend this novel.