[Book Tour] The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He – Review

  • Genre: YA Science Fiction
  • Publishing date: May 4th, 2021
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Synopsis:

One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars with sci-fi scope, Lost with a satisfying resolution.

Cee awoke on an abandoned island three years ago. With no idea of how she was marooned, she only has a rickety house, an old android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and Cee needs to find her.

STEM prodigy Kasey wants to escape from the science and home she once trusted. The eco-city—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be a sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she’ll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.

Content Warning: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of a parent (off-page), vomiting, large-scale natural disasters, and mass casualties, some gore.

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MY REVIEW

Thank you to Netgalley and TBRandBeyound Tours for a chance to read and review this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, this cover is just absolutely gorgeous! Kudos to the artist, Turkish illustrator Aykut Aydoğdu (ig: @aykutmaykut).

The Ones We’re Meant to Find follows two sisters in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian world on the brink of collapse from all the consequences of human pollution and global warming.

Cee’s spent three years on a deserted island with barely any memories of her past, with only a burning desire to find her sister. And Kaysey’s been adrift since Celia disappeared three months earlier on a boating accident. I adored Cee, and though at first, it was a bit hard to relate to Kaysey in the end my heart was aching for her.

If you’ve noticed the little difference in time, that is the big mystery in this plot, the thing that keeps you wondering throughout most of the book and eager to read more. Frankly, though, it also made the book very confusing for me and I really disliked that.

But one of the best things about The Ones We’re Meant To Find is how it beautifully and expertly handles the complexity of human emotions. Kaysey, for instance, struggled with how different she felt from everyone else around her and wondered constantly why she did not feel things the same way, why she didn’t feel grief over her sister’s disappearance. But all throughout the book, we see her searching for all the clues, everything she could possibly find to learn more about her sister, and her thoughts revolve around Celia. So, it’s clear she feels it, the grief, the love, she just doesn’t quite realize it.

It mentions a myriad of interesting and poignant themes, with the strongest focus being on the environment and the consequences of human actions. Life is a right, freedom to live is a privilege of the rich, and the privilege of one hurts another.

And the writing style is just beautiful! “We’re nothing as timeless as stars into orbit. Move like two grains of sand before the tide rushes in. Here, then not. Human. / “Logic ended where love began.”

Overall, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is not one of my new favorites, but still, I really enjoyed the complexity of emotions, the passionate, very-human characters, and the beautiful writing of Joan He. I rated this book: ⭐⭐⭐

About the Author

Joan He 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 storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy.

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About the Tour

This blog tour is being hosted by TBRandBeyondTours and will run from February 8th to February 14th. Several other talented bloggers and bookstagrammers are participating in this tour, so please go check out their posts, and read this amazing book!

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