The Ones We’re Meant to Find
Author: Joan He
Imprint: Roaring Brook
Genre: Science Fiction > Young Adult
Publication Date: May 4, 2021
Much thanks to TBR and Beyond Tours, Roaring Brook, and Joan He for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and the opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy.
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One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli.
Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay. Determined to find her, Cee devotes her days to building a boat from junk parts scavenged inland, doing everything in her power to survive until the day she gets off the island and reunites with her sister.
In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara is also living a life of isolation. The eco-city she calls home is one of eight levitating around the world, built for people who protected the planet―and now need protecting from it. With natural disasters on the rise due to climate change, eco-cities provide clean air, water, and shelter. Their residents, in exchange, must spend at least a third of their time in stasis pods, conducting business virtually whenever possible to reduce their environmental footprint. While Kasey, an introvert and loner, doesn’t mind the lifestyle, her sister Celia hated it. Popular and lovable, Celia much preferred the outside world. But no one could have predicted that Celia would take a boat out to sea, never to return.
Now it’s been three months since Celia’s disappearance, and Kasey has given up hope. Logic says that her sister must be dead. But as the public decries her stance, she starts to second guess herself and decides to retrace Celia’s last steps. Where they’ll lead her, she does not know. Her sister was full of secrets. But Kasey has a secret of her own.
About The Author
Joan was born and raised in Philadelphia but still will, on occasion, lose her way. At a young age, she received classical instruction in oil painting before discovering that stories were her favorite kind of art. She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the city
waterfront. Descendant of the Crane is her young adult debut.
☁ PAINSTAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT ☁
📚 Series? No
📚 Genre? Science Fiction
📚 Read for? TBR and Beyond Tours & Asian Readathon
⚠ Content Warnings: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parent (off page), vomiting, large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, some gore [info from author]
⚠ Book Tags : Climate fiction. Dystopia. HEARTWRENCHING plot twist extravaganza
Ever since the cover dropped for this book, it pulled me in right away. The art alone was extremely amazing that I wanted the book on my hands at the moment.
Today, moments after reading this book, I am out of words and I was extremely blown away by the story I experienced. First off, The Ones We’re Meant to Find came in with something beautiful and mesmerizing. Though it took a little time for the story to build up, something about it still enticed me to keep on turning the pages.
Overall, the book has a unique impact – from its worldbuilding to its characters to the way the plot went, it came with satisfying surprises that just kept you on your toes. I love the essence of a mystery and the romance subplots were definitely plus points for my love-loving heart.
Admittedly, my brain cells got lost sometimes, but the delivery in its entirety is 5-star worthy in my opinion. Plus points for the way it told a beautiful sibling story, the environmental discourse it touched on, and the sci-fi futuristic technology.
☁ FINAL THOUGHTS & RECOMMENDATIONS ☁
This book was my first one by Joan He and I loved it to bits. It might a slow-burning story, but the moment it picks up will keep you reading and reading. The plot twists are worth the wait, so if you’re in the mood for something with this formula, this one is definitely a book to pick!
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Thrill: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐