Book Review: The One by John Marrs

“If you’ve got the opportunity to love someone as much as they love you, then grab it with both hands and hold on to it for dear life.”

John Marrs‘ 2018 book, The One, is set in a future where a simple DNA test is all it takes to find ‘The One’. 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.

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My 2020 Reading Wrap-Up

Over the past couple of years, I have documented every film that I have watched and reviewed them all using Letterboxd. As a way to motivate myself to read more, I thought I would do the same for what books I have been reading, using Goodreads as a way to set myself a reading challenge every year.

I initially set my target as 25 books this year, but a few things happened that meant I reached this goal quite early on. Firstly, I had a baby, so this meant that I was awake at silly hours with plenty of time to read. Then, there was lockdown. Because of lockdown, I decided to join Bookstagram and NetGalley and get more serious about reviewing books. So now, instead of reading two books at most a month, I’ve been reading up to ten.

I upped my goal to 60 around halfway through the year, and still managed to pass that by reaching 74 books. This year has really rekindled my love of books, and I can’t wait to start 2021 with this new passion.

Here’s how my 2020 challenge went:

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Book Review: The Passengers by John Marrs

“When people are part of a mob, they stop being individuals, their inhibitions disappear, they don’t follow their normal moral compass… When they’re surrounded by like-minded people, they don’t see themselves as violent individuals, it’s the group that’s responsible for the violence, not them personally.”

Written by John Marrs and published in 2019, The Passengers is set in a dystopian future where self-driving cars are becoming the norm. Soon, all of England’s manual vehicles will be banned as roads will become a completely autonomous network. Some have their concerns, but it’s not until the day that Libby is forced to attend jury duty that the trust in artificial intelligence becomes painstakingly clear, when someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars and sets their passengers on a fatal collision course. The passengers include a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a suicidal man, and a husband and wife who are travelling in separate vehicles. Now, the public has to judge who should survive. But are the passengers all that they first seem?

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Book Review: What Lies Between Us by John Marrs

“I thought that having a baby meant that I would always be loved by someone until the day I died. I was wrong. Being a mother is no guarantee of anything.”

What Lies Between Us by John Marrs was published in May 2020. They say every house has its secrets, and the house that Maggie and Nina have shared for so long is no different. Except that these secrets are not buried in the past. Nina can never forgive Maggie for what she did. And she can never let her leave. But there are many things about the past that Nina doesn’t know, and Maggie is going to keep it that way. Because in this house, the truth is more dangerous than lies.

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