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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, 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, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her. In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara lives in an eco-city 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 nevertheless, she 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.


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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, 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, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her. In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara lives in an eco-city 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 nevertheless, she 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.

30 review for The Ones We're Meant to Find

  1. 5 out of 5

    chai ♡

    self-care? do you perhaps mean adding books with gorgeous covers to your TBR list?

  2. 4 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    I have a rather unpleasant announcement to make. - I AM FUCKING DISAPPOINTED🙁🥱 Nevertheless moving on this cover still remains one of my fav covers of 2021 and I am so glad that people are loving it, it's just wasn't my type and rather slow for my liking, the world building was haphazard and felt incomplete and I didn't found any of the characters appealing. I have a rather unpleasant announcement to make. - I AM FUCKING DISAPPOINTED🙁🥱 Nevertheless moving on this cover still remains one of my fav covers of 2021 and I am so glad that people are loving it, it's just wasn't my type and rather slow for my liking, the world building was haphazard and felt incomplete and I didn't found any of the characters appealing.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    ↠ 5 stars The Black Mirror reminiscent sci-fi of my dreams that somehow managed to break my heart into smithereens before I ever finished reading. After awaking marooned on an abandoned island with nothing to retrace her steps but the memory of a sister awaiting her return, Cee will do anything to find her way home. Three years later and the island has become her captor, luring her back no matter how many times she tries to escape its clutches. Back home, Kasey mourns a sister lost forever to the ↠ 5 stars The Black Mirror reminiscent sci-fi of my dreams that somehow managed to break my heart into smithereens before I ever finished reading. After awaking marooned on an abandoned island with nothing to retrace her steps but the memory of a sister awaiting her return, Cee will do anything to find her way home. Three years later and the island has become her captor, luring her back no matter how many times she tries to escape its clutches. Back home, Kasey mourns a sister lost forever to the sea while facing a tumultuous future in the eco-city, earth’s last sanctuary. With its useful life almost spent, Kasey knows that using her gifts to ensure earth’s future means finding a difficult solution, one that the citizens just might not want to hear. Right as Cee begins to turn desperate someone unlikely washes up on shore, Kasey begins to make her case, and two sisters set adrift must find their own destiny, whether that be together or apart. The Ones We’re Meant to Find is quite frankly one of the most painful books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It’s a gut-wrenching unpredictable novel that only someone as talented as Joan He could ever have written. Right from the start, this ensnared me in its grasp through its masterful world-building and its vision of a future not so far off as one should like to think. To say I devoured this book would be the understatement of the century when in reality I was possessed by some otherworldly being that had me completing this in well under two hours. This is one of those books with a keen air of mystery present, which naturally led to me creating wild theories in my head as the book progressed. I feel compelled to mention that I was way off the mark with my theories, to the point of embarrassment, but the whole journey was really just exquisite. He has combined components of both thriller and science fiction within this novel, creating a story so ingenious and immersive it's impossible to put down. Classifying this as a page-turner seems appropriate given that, but this is also a thought-provoking read that took me on an emotional journey I am not sure I will recover from any time soon. Not only was this book exquisitely painful, it was also maddeningly frustrating at times. The very nature of a separation story such as this had me anxiously awaiting a reunion between both sisters, one that did not turn out at all how I was anticipating. Up until the last third of the book, I was on the edge of my seat completely at the mercy of Joan and her obscure plans. Well, this is certainly shaping up to be one of my favorite books of the year, maybe even of all time. A rare glimpse into the future of climate change, the persevering nature of sisterhood, and the tenacity of the human spirit. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review Trigger warnings: gore, violence, death, death of a loved one, suicide, terminal illness, drowning, choking, mass death, grief, natural disasters

  4. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    i think JHs jump from fantasy to sci-fi is a real success. with her signature beautiful prose, JH has created an elevated ‘lifelike’ and ‘warcross,’ bringing new dimensions to the genre. i will say i strongly preferred cees chapters over kays - im more interested in survival stories than cli-sci - and kays chapters are very technical, almost to the point where im still not quite sure i understand everything. but both sisters are worth reading about and i love how their two POVs connect. it defin i think JHs jump from fantasy to sci-fi is a real success. with her signature beautiful prose, JH has created an elevated ‘lifelike’ and ‘warcross,’ bringing new dimensions to the genre. i will say i strongly preferred cees chapters over kays - im more interested in survival stories than cli-sci - and kays chapters are very technical, almost to the point where im still not quite sure i understand everything. but both sisters are worth reading about and i love how their two POVs connect. it definitely took me by surprise. with the subtle allure and understated thrill of this story, i feel confident in saying this book is a definite dark horse for 2021. thanks roaring brook press for the ARC! ↠ 4 stars

  5. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    why do the books with pretty covers always have to be the ones that disappoint me rtc —————— this cover is very pretty in an objective way and..... the girls are very pretty in a gay way // buddy read with lots of friends (tag later!)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan He

    5/4/21 and that's book 2 out in the world friends! thank you so, so much to everyone who took the time to read and review. As always, an extra big thank you to everyone crossposting reviews on retail sites such as amazon and B&N. It's a huge help to us authors <3 Like last time, I thought I'd round up some FAQs and drop some insight here! THE OPEN ENDING (Ok, I know that isn't the answer you wanted. In my very biased opinion, I'm for less is more. No second helpings of dessert. *hides*) THE TIME 5/4/21 and that's book 2 out in the world friends! thank you so, so much to everyone who took the time to read and review. As always, an extra big thank you to everyone crossposting reviews on retail sites such as amazon and B&N. It's a huge help to us authors <3 Like last time, I thought I'd round up some FAQs and drop some insight here! THE OPEN ENDING (Ok, I know that isn't the answer you wanted. In my very biased opinion, I'm for less is more. No second helpings of dessert. *hides*) THE TIMELINE (spoilers) (click and scroll down to the first reply) THE INSPIRATION (and other thoughts!) CEE & KASEY AS CHARACTERS On Kasey in particular, I wanted to note, as I did in the above tweet, that I wrote her from my own personal experience. However you interpret her character is entirely up to you; the book is yours now, not mine. But if you're wondering why certain labels do not appear on the page, this would be the reason. In the writing of the book, I drew strictly from how I see myself, at this point in time. Any lack of on-page rep stems from this conscientious choice. And with that, I set this book loose! I hope it finds you <3 Content warnings:(view spoiler)[ terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parent (off page), vomiting, large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, some gore (hide spoiler)] . The list may not be exhaustive, and will be updated as necessary. 3/4/21 ARCSs exist, and the preorder campaign for the book is LIVE! For more details, images of the swag, and link to submit receipts, please visit my site. *Please note that the arc is not final. While the story doesn't differ, during edits some lines were changed to be more inclusive. This will all be reflected in the finished copy! Thank you for understanding <3 9/17/20 and the cover is live!!! meet the sisters, Cee and Kasey! Cee's in the back, Kasey's got the bangs. Art credits and pre-order info can be found in my announcement thread. DOTC's cover opened so many doors that it was really important to me this delivered on the same level. I've been biting my nails for a while now and I'm relieved to see the excitement for what we came up with. It really captures the heart of the sisters' story so well. Thank you for celebrating the reveal with me, and stay tuned for more info in the coming days! 8/14/20 We have a release date! Mark your calendars for May 4th, 2021. Can't wait to share more details (full summary, cover, etc.) soon. ---- I'm beyond thrilled to say that I have more books coming your way! if you've read DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE and thought that was twisty, then you're not ready ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hafsah Faizal

    With adoring prose and a clever plot, Joan He's latest novel is a beautiful story about the bond between sisters and the love for a humanity that might not deserve it. Be prepared for floating cities, deserted islands, and a peek at an awful future that doesn't seem all too implausible. I absolutely loved this story. With adoring prose and a clever plot, Joan He's latest novel is a beautiful story about the bond between sisters and the love for a humanity that might not deserve it. Be prepared for floating cities, deserted islands, and a peek at an awful future that doesn't seem all too implausible. I absolutely loved this story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    May Owlcrate! Click on the spoiler under the picture to see the goods (view spoiler)[1. Here’s a handkerchief scarf of Rule of Wolves 2. A Corduroy Bag inspired by Obsidio and it has a zipper! 3. A Gilded Wolves sticker, a Metal Tassel Bookmark from Scythe and The Fifth Season and the enamel pin of the month. 4. The second book tin from A Darker Shade Of Magic 5. And the book which y’all already know Happy Reading! (hide spoiler)] I mean, I don’t know what to say ... I just knew I would love this bo May Owlcrate! Click on the spoiler under the picture to see the goods (view spoiler)[1. Here’s a handkerchief scarf of Rule of Wolves 2. A Corduroy Bag inspired by Obsidio and it has a zipper! 3. A Gilded Wolves sticker, a Metal Tassel Bookmark from Scythe and The Fifth Season and the enamel pin of the month. 4. The second book tin from A Darker Shade Of Magic 5. And the book which y’all already know Happy Reading! (hide spoiler)] I mean, I don’t know what to say ... I just knew I would love this book, but I should have known with the beautiful cover that I would not. I liked a few things, bots, realizations...sigh. The book just wasn’t for me but I’m glad for those that loved it. And I was going to paint the edges a pastel purple. Damn it all! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    4.5 stars That ending HURT ME The problem with oceans? They always seem smaller from the shore. I’m amazed by the sheer complexity this whole book is built on. I’m not talking about the world building only, but also the characters. Joan He was able to write a standalone that had on me the same impact a trilogy I love usually has. It was twisty and heart-wrenching, shocking but so wholesome. It would have been a five star if it wasn’t for the fact that things like the world, the technology and 4.5 stars That ending HURT ME The problem with oceans? They always seem smaller from the shore. I’m amazed by the sheer complexity this whole book is built on. I’m not talking about the world building only, but also the characters. Joan He was able to write a standalone that had on me the same impact a trilogy I love usually has. It was twisty and heart-wrenching, shocking but so wholesome. It would have been a five star if it wasn’t for the fact that things like the world, the technology and some plot points remained confusing for a little too long to be an enjoyable kind of confusing, you know? But everything else I just loved. This book is like: you thought that plot twist 10 pages ago was the last and the biggest one? Hold my beer. I lost count of how many times the characters managed to surprise me with their actions, their well-rounded representation, their motivations and emotions. I love how the author makes them feel super realistic and for sure this won’t be the last book I read by her. I’m a fan of Cee and the way she’s so likable, but I’m also incredibly in love with Kasey and Actinium’s journeys. Their growth and that ending.....wow. I would have never seen it coming. All of that was enhanced by the setting. I’m not a huge sci-fi reader, but I do really like when stories take place in cool worlds that function on technology that makes sense. This book had it all. What drove me in at first, apart from the most beautiful cover I’ve ever seen in my entire life, was the part of the synopsis about Cee being stranded on an island. I love survival stories and this one delivered in a lot of ways. Cee’s chapters were definitely my favorite. I wasn’t expecting to fall for the romance as well though (honestly I didn’t even think there was going to be one). Cee’s melted my heart, Kasey’s had me on the edge of my seat. But in the end those two broke my heart and I’m still trying to put the pieces together. I can’t believe what this book did to me 😭 Why is it that I can trust you one moment, and be hurt by you the next? This book was fascinating and engrossing, bittersweet and tragic. I can’t wait for it to hurt me again when I pick it up next time. I received an advanced reader copy through Netgalley. All opinions are my own. ****** I’ve only checked out the first three sentences and I already know this one will be a winner 🌈

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it's always ourselves we find in the sea." -E.E. Cummings, Maggie and Milly and Molly and May Beautifully written and exquisitely lush, The Ones We're Meant to Find is more than just a stunning cover. A slow burning dive into sisterly bonds, climate change, and the effect that our carbon footprint has on the earth, this story was equal parts thought provoking and emotionally challenging. The first half of the book is quite slow in pacing, but if you stick "For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it's always ourselves we find in the sea." -E.E. Cummings, Maggie and Milly and Molly and May Beautifully written and exquisitely lush, The Ones We're Meant to Find is more than just a stunning cover. A slow burning dive into sisterly bonds, climate change, and the effect that our carbon footprint has on the earth, this story was equal parts thought provoking and emotionally challenging. The first half of the book is quite slow in pacing, but if you stick with it, the second half more than makes up for the time spent in the first. Once I was able to get my bearings regarding the world building and alternating POVs, I became more invested in the story, and once you hit between 50-60%, the plot twists just multiply, one after the other. I read the last 40% in a single sitting because I couldn't put it down! The ending will be a dealbreaker for some, but I think it lets the reader sit with their thoughts and process without the author inserting anything else into the narrative. Definitely did NOT see the big twist coming, and I look forward to more from Joan He! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    The Ones We’re Meant to Find took me completely by surprise; what began as a story of two sisters separated by the sea quickly became something so much more. Joan He seamlessly combines classic elements of science fiction, fantasy and thriller to create what is an undeniably striking and unique tale, gripping from start to finish. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ It’s been three years since Cee washed up on the shore of a deserted island, with nothing more than an android to keep her company a The Ones We’re Meant to Find took me completely by surprise; what began as a story of two sisters separated by the sea quickly became something so much more. Joan He seamlessly combines classic elements of science fiction, fantasy and thriller to create what is an undeniably striking and unique tale, gripping from start to finish. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ It’s been three years since Cee washed up on the shore of a deserted island, with nothing more than an android to keep her company and a wooden shack to reside in. Her only memory is that she has a sister, the person she needs to find. Kasey lives in a skydome—the last unpolluted place on earth, meant to shelter those dedicated to protecting the planet. It’s been years since the quiet disappearance of her sister, though Kasey is convinced that she isn’t really dead like everyone says. ~★~ Joan He made several interesting stylistic choices that did wonders for this story. Cee’s perspective is told in first person, while Kasey’s is told in second—an insignificant detail at first, though it becomes brilliant in light of the revelations that come. The writing is a large part of what made this such a well crafted novel; it was so easy to fall into He’s strange world (which is no small feat considering its bizarre constructs). Kasey’s perspective is probably my only complaint about The One’s We’re Meant to Find. It was hard to sympathize with her in the first half, mainly due to her closed off and almost apathetic personality. I found Cee’s fight to escape the island far more enticing, especially when paired with her eccentric and odd charisma. The romance was near perfect, I was so charmed by the love interest’s interactions with Cee. The One’s We’re Meant to Find was nothing like I expected (which was, to say, a fairly typical young adult fantasy). Joan He’s wordbuilding is immaculate, and her storyline is evidently planned with careful attention to detail. By the halfway mark, it was plot twist after plot twist after plot twist. My head was spinning with the shock. This book will leave you entertained, that’s for sure! Definitely a release to keep on your radar! Thank you to Netgalley and Text Publishing for the arc!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    Alone is an island. It's an uncrossable sea, being too far from another soul, whereas lonely is being too close, in the same house yet separated by walls because we choose to be... this book is very ???!!! dreamy, nebulous, heavy on the scifi, often confusing, and ultimately terribly sad; this was a challenging read for me. i think it's best to go into this book prepared for a scifi story, and not knowing much else. but my disorganized review is going to delve deeper, just for the sake of getti Alone is an island. It's an uncrossable sea, being too far from another soul, whereas lonely is being too close, in the same house yet separated by walls because we choose to be... this book is very ???!!! dreamy, nebulous, heavy on the scifi, often confusing, and ultimately terribly sad; this was a challenging read for me. i think it's best to go into this book prepared for a scifi story, and not knowing much else. but my disorganized review is going to delve deeper, just for the sake of getting out some thoughts. beware, major spoilers are tagged!! we alternate between two perspectives. there's cee, stuck on a mysterious desert island, drawn to the sea, and desperate to find her sister. and there's her sister kasey, living in a dystopian future where part of the population is living safely in eco-cities hovering above the ocean, while the rest of the population remains on earth's surface, vulnerable to climate disasters. this book is twisty and everything is cloaked in mystery. there are many layered reveals, and it took me a while to get into the rhythm of the story, because you have to accept that you're not going to fully understand everything that's going on; you gotta roll with what you do know and keep reading. on a regular day i have a large amount of climate change anxiety, and this book certainly amped that up. but for the typical reader, i don't think that's a bad thing. not to turn this review into a soapbox, but i think we should be prepared for potential climate disasters in our future, and do whatever we can as individuals to stave them off. obviously legislation is required if humans are going to save our planet, but there are meaningful things that we can all do daily, like avoiding animal products and single use plastic. /END CLIMATE CHANGE RANT! but if you're sensitive to climate change anxiety too, be aware that the book deals with these themes!! anyway. kasey has trouble relating to the emotions of people around her, which is understandable, but it made it harder for me to relate to her. she's ridiculously smart and brave, but i didn't feel connected to her character. whereas i felt so much for sweet, charismatic, gutsy celia. (view spoiler)[celia, a girl so in love with the sea that she swims in it despite the danger of being poisoned. a girl so in love with living; so determined to soak up all that is real and alive. celia's story is beautiful and heartbreaking. (hide spoiler)] Celia had loved the sea. Loved the whitecaps that foamed like milk, the waltz of sunlight atop the peaks. Kasey did not. The sea was a trillion strands of hair, infinitely tangled on the surface and infinitely dense beneath. It distorted time: Minutes passed like hours and hours passed like minutes out there. It distorted space, made the horizon seem within reach. i love the ocean vibes, and the extreme contrast between the two sisters. i love the tightness of their bond, despite all their differences. i read this with the wonderful sofia, and we were in agreement that the message of the book is ultimately unclear. (view spoiler)[though kasey would disagree, i do think the story is pro-robot-rights. the reader is meant to empathize with cee before it's revealed (to her, or to us) that she's actually not celia. she's cee, a bot coded by kasey to awaken when the earth is inhabitable again. even if she isn't the true celia, even if she is designed for the sole purpose of waking up her sister, cee's bravery and empathy still shine. kasey doesn't recognize her as the real celia, but the reader does. her ultimate conflict is the choice between her ingrained duty and her desire for autonomy. (hide spoiler)] which leads me to the open ending. (view spoiler)[cee jumps into the water and swims. is she swimming to the depths so she can wake kasey, as she was programmed to do? or is she swimming for the sake of swimming, for the joy of it, just as celia always loved to do? i don't mind that this is up for interpretation, but what's baffling is the final words of the book: kasey, in her dreams, speaking to celia, "I love you. And even if you failed me, I'd never replace you." all i can take this to mean is that kasey does not consider cee to be a replacement for celia; cee is merely a bot, designed to do one job. i'd love to hear more thoughts about this, because even after buddy read discussions, i feel lost about this bittersweet ending. (hide spoiler)] the theme of family connections is strong, but i was surprised to be touched by the gentle taste of love story as well. (view spoiler)[i mean... a love story between a bot designed to wake humanity and a bot designed to stop her from doing so. they're trapped on a lush deserted island together. neither of them is fully aware of their programmed objectives, and they both have a strong desire to retain their autonomy regardless of said objectives. they want to live, and they struggle to remember their pasts. it's oddly romantic, isn't it? (hide spoiler)] They're not sad tears. Not happy tears. Just... tears. Warm as the ache between my legs. Real as the ribs beneath my skin. And for a breath, I forget. Everything. I'm just a body nestled against another's. We're nothing as timeless as stars in orbit. More like two grains of sand before the tide rushes in. Here, then not. Human. despite being confused throughout this book, I really enjoyed the worldbuilding, the contrast between settings (though i did prefer cee's salty ocean scenes to the jam-packed eco-cities), and the intense themes of family bonds and dystopian environmentalism. the vivid atmosphere and engaging writing style are lovely. i just wish things had clicked into place a little better! with some additional clarity, this could have been a wonderfully satisfying read, instead of making me feel ???!!! Thank you to NetGalley and Text Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    luce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / / The cover for this book is goals...its contents not so much. I found this novel to be an odd melange of confusing and simple. The characters came across as flat (little more than names on a page), the world-building, although at first promising, ultimately struck me as patchy, and the storyline and twists were just not up my street. Still, I know that quite a lot of people are looking forward to this novel so I encourage prospective readers to check out so / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / / The cover for this book is goals...its contents not so much. I found this novel to be an odd melange of confusing and simple. The characters came across as flat (little more than names on a page), the world-building, although at first promising, ultimately struck me as patchy, and the storyline and twists were just not up my street. Still, I know that quite a lot of people are looking forward to this novel so I encourage prospective readers to check out some more positive reviews, as this may as well be one of those 'it's not it's me' cases. The novel follows two sisters, the older one, Cee, has been stranded on an island for the past three years, while the younger one, Kasey, lives in one of the few existing eco-cities and is trying to make sense of Cee's disappearance. Climate and environmental disasters have made eco-cities refuges for humanity. Of course, not everyone is allowed entrance in eco-cities, and in spite of their utopian promises, eco-cities' such as Kasey's are incredibly classists (people are 'ranked, the cities themselves have stratified structure and those who live in the lower stratums lead less privileged lifestyles than those on 'top'). Although much of Kasey and Cee's world remains largely unexplored we do get some details about life in their eco-city. For example, we learn that 'holoing' is a green alternative which allows the citizens of the eco-city to conduct 'nonessential activities' in the holographic mode. There is also Intraface which allows its users to capture their memories as well as apps which can 'adjust' a person's serotonin levels. Kasey, who is a very logical person and who makes sense of the world around her through a scientific lens, finds herself, somewhat uncharacteristically one could say, trying to find what happened to her sister, even if she's convinced that Cee is dead. Meanwhile, Cee has been trying to leave the island she woke up on. She desperately wants to be reunited with Kasey, and is prepared to risk her life in her attempt to build a raft/boat that will allow her to set forth into the ocean. Cee recollects very little about her former life and seems to have entirely forgotten about the existence of the eco-city or the rest of the world. All she knows is that she has to find her sister. Here are the problems that I had with this novel (minor-spoilers below): →the writing itself. Cee's sections are narrated in the 1st person, Kasey's in the 3rd. Something switching between perspectives can enhance a story (as with Red at the Bone, Everything Here is Beautiful, The Travelers, or anything by N. K. Jemisin), but, more often than not, is unnecessary. Kasey remains remote, which is perhaps intentional, after all, the author goes above and beyond in order to emphasise how 'cold' and 'detached' and 'Not Like Other People' she is (it seemed weird that the possibility of her being neurodivergent was never raised or discussed considering how technologically advanced these eco-cities are—for example, if someone feels upset they can locate the source of that feeling, be it a memory or whatnot). Yet, on the other hand, being in Cee's head didn't do all that much for her character either. She doesn't know a lot, her inner monologue consists mostly of what she observes (the island, the ocean, the rocks, the sand, her shack, her robot helper). When the boy arrives her mind is mostly occupied with thoughts of him. Cee's sections also included some really purply phrases (her thoughts 'jellify', she feels the 'muchness' and 'littleness'). Although the writing was for the most part okay, there were a few too many clichéd phrases ("Sometimes [she] felt like a stranger in her own skin", "[she] did not belong–here or anywhere") and even the dialogues were full of platitudes and done to death lines such as "What could we achieve, if we worked together?" →the world-building left too much unexplored. There was so much that did not make sense or did not convince me and yet, I was supposed to just buy into it? The few half-delivered explanations we get did little in terms of answering my questions or making sense. →the characters....Cee and Kasey are the classic YA sisters. One is attractive, charming, everyone loves her. The other is quiet, logical, not driven by her feelings but by FACTS, and she just does not 'fit in'. I felt nothing for them, which sounds harsh, but it is the truth. They were painfully one-dimensional, and, the longer I read, the less I believed in them. Not only is this kind of dynamic old but I just did not feel that Kasey and Cee's relationship was particularly nuanced. They also seemed to have no thoughts about their childhood, their parents (the dad is meant to be this powerful big guy but because he is 99% of the time off-page...well, he was pretty superfluous). →insta-love, of the worst kind. The whole love storyline did not work for me. There are some dodgy scenes that would have definitely not been included if we were to reverse the characters' genders (and I was not a fan of those scenes). →plot...it has its twists, I will give it that. But I just could not bring myself to believe in Kasey's arc (that they would just let her do what she wanted). →the themes had potential but He sacrifices potentially interesting conversations/scenes that touch upon ethics & morality in favour of drama. Sadly, the novel had very little to offer me. By the end of the novel (around the 80% mark) I was so bored and irritated by what I was reading that I ended up skim-reading the rest. There were too many lacunae (in both the world-building and storyline) and I never felt engaged by the characters or the author's style. I was hoping for something more compelling, and yes, the comparison to Ghibli definitely feels misleading. ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    It breaks my heart to write this review. :( GR review to come, or read it early HERE. It breaks my heart to write this review. :( GR review to come, or read it early HERE.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Samuel

    A👏NYT👏BESTSELLER👏AND👏A👏WELL👏DESERVED👏ONE HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THIS AMAZING BOOK! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Text Publishing for the advanced copy of this book. Bookplaylist here! “It hurts like a wound, even though I’m used to being alone. Except I’m not alone. Alone is an island. It’s an uncrossable sea, being too far from another soul, whereas lonely is being to close, in the same house yet separated by A👏NYT👏BESTSELLER👏AND👏A👏WELL👏DESERVED👏ONE HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THIS AMAZING BOOK! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Text Publishing for the advanced copy of this book. Bookplaylist here! “It hurts like a wound, even though I’m used to being alone. Except I’m not alone. Alone is an island. It’s an uncrossable sea, being too far from another soul, whereas lonely is being to close, in the same house yet separated by walls because we choose to be.” ☆゜・。。・゜゜・。。・゜★ [5] ☆゜・。。・゜゜・。。・゜★ Friends reviews you should check: Robin’s, - Ness’s, - Lauren’s. INTRODUCTION: This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2021 and I’m stunned. Everything in The Ones We’re Meant to Find was perfectly crafted. The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a page-turning dazzling sci-fi that will stay in your mind forever. Joan He created a story that is just… astonishing. A book that has 180° turns and very big twists that will take you by complete surprise. An amazing book that proves He’s brilliant storytelling. “The problem with oceans? They always seem smaller from the shore. ” PLOT: In The Ones We’re Meant to Find we find Cee, a girl who has been trapped in a desert island for three years. She doesn’t know how she got there and neither how to get out. Actually, she doesn’t remember a single thing about her life. The only thing she remembers is that, somewhere, she has a sister named Kay, and that she needs to find her. On the other hand, we find Kacey, a STEM prodigy who lives in one of the eight floating cities around the world (Called eco-cities). Her sister, Celia, has been disappeared for more than three months¬ and Kacey will start finding a lot of secrets about her sister, while she finds something that will, maybe, save her world from devastation. “I am a vast ocean, the only sea I don’t have to cross, and for the first time in a long time, I remember what it feels like to drown in myself. ” CHARACTERS: Ok, so this is Joan He: . Do you see her smile? I think she’s like a Dementor. She feeds from her reader’s happiness and when you think the poor characters cannot suffer a little more, she’s like: “Are you challenging me?” and then… she smiles. But, now seriously, the characters in The Ones We’re Meant to Find are just beautiful. The sisters, Cee and Kacey are so well-developed that you get to know them in a very intimate and realistic way. Hero and Actinium are PERFECT. Everything about them made me, literally, slobber for their cuteness and perfection. My favorite character, you ask? Definitely Hero. He’s the cutest thing ever and ANYONE deserves him. I just hope (BECAUSE THIS IS A F*KING OPEN ENDING AND I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AAHHH) he’s happy. “Some names are found. Others are earned. This one is both.” The boy, Hero, frowns. ” WRITING-STYLE: Joan He’s writing style is unique. Her prose is amazing, making the book just beautiful. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive so I can reread this book and really appreciate it and to mark the million quotes I liked. “Throughout the course of civilization, humans had looked to the heavens for answers. In stars, they found maps. In suns, they found gods. In the sky beyond the sky, they thought they’d find a second home.” OVERALL THOUGHTS: The Ones We’re Meant to Find is and unmatchable book. Combines the classic essence of sci-fi with a fresh twist of Joan’s unique style. A book that will keep you addicted from page one, and will leave you, for sure, with your mouth open. Joan He develops a story with unexpected twists and an apparently simple story that quickly becomes a lot more. And talking about the plot twist. From the middle of the book and until the end my mind was plotting theories like a decomposed machine. Through the book I had only four moods: -Confused. -Mind-blowing. -Anxious. -Depressed. Everything is so well-crafted and thought out that it was… perfect. This is a very melancholic book. Is the vibe the whole plot gives me and when you go through it the story becomes more powerful and deep. I loved *everything* about The Ones We’re Meant to Find and I hope it gains the recognition it deserves. Now, A VERY NECESSARY SPOILER SECTION: (view spoiler)[ What the actual #%@& Joan. A ROBOT. A FREAKING ROBOT. I WAS IN LOVE WITH A ROBOT. Being honest, I still love Cee, but I will not get over this book. My mind is still confused AF. May I ask. Should I hate Kacey? I don’t think so, but there’s still SOMETHING inside me that tells me I should hate her for using Cee, but at the same time Cee was literally BUILT for that mission, and… I’m confused. THE ENDING. Is there a problem with the ending? Yes, THAT THERE ISN’T ONE. DO I HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS? No. I cannot take this. Being honest, this book is incredible. All the plot twists, one after the other and each bigger and jaw-dropping than the last. The Ones We’re Meant to Find will be one of my favorite books this year, for sure. (hide spoiler)] “Celia had loved the sea. Loved the whitecaps that foamed like milk, the waltz of sunlight atop the peaks. Kasey did not. The sea was a trillion strands of hair, infinitely tangled on the surface and infinitely dense beneath. It distorted time: Minutes passed like hours and hours passed like minutes out there. It distorted space, made the horizon seem within reach. And it was the perfect place for hiding secrets.” SHOULD YOU READ IT? ABSOLUTELY. If you liked We Were Liars o the Netflix series Black Mirror this should be in your preorder list. I really really hope the advanced reviews help this book get the appreciation and respect it deserves. If you want to get more into sci-fi, as a person who’s not really into sci-fi, I reaaally recommend The Ones We’re Meant to Find. If you’re looking for a book you can literally read in one day (As I did), read this. “Logic ended where love began.” CONCLUSION: When I got the ARC of this book, I decided to read Descendant of the Crane, Joan He’s debut novel before getting into The Ones We’re Meant to Find, and the tremendous evolution in He’s storytelling, crafting and development is impeccable. If I’m allowed to say this, I’m really proud of her growth as an author, because the difference from DOTC to TOWMTF is just astonishing. I cannot wait to keep reading her, because with The Ones We’re Meant to Find, Joan He became one of my favorite authors for sure. With a dazzling prose, a breath-taking story and a jaw-dropping twists, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a fresh and page-turning novel that makes a difference from other 2021 books, and will definitely fascinate readers from now on. MontFort says bye! “We get to choose the places we go and the people we find.” “Do we?” Hero wonders. “I don’t think either of us came here by choice.” Fair enough. “And I think we have even less choice over the ones we’re meant to find. ” ☆゜・。。・゜゜・。。・゜★

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alexis

    Two sisters search for one another. One trapped in an abandoned island, the other in a city built to withstand the world falling apart. I don’t usually read sci-fi, so it was a lot different from what I usually read, but I really enjoyed it. I was confused a lot, but in a good way. There were lots of twists and turns. Anytime I thought I had things figured out, I was wrong. I was nowhere near close to guessing what was really happening. The writing was very well done. It held my attention and Two sisters search for one another. One trapped in an abandoned island, the other in a city built to withstand the world falling apart. I don’t usually read sci-fi, so it was a lot different from what I usually read, but I really enjoyed it. I was confused a lot, but in a good way. There were lots of twists and turns. Anytime I thought I had things figured out, I was wrong. I was nowhere near close to guessing what was really happening. The writing was very well done. It held my attention and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was a fantastic story, especially if you like a mixture of sci-fi and mystery. The characters were writing fantastically. Joan He was able to showcase the complexity of the relationships and human nature in general. Even if you don’t typically enjoy sci-fi, I would give this book a chance! This was a fantastic piece of work, and I will definitely be reading more by this author. Thank you to NetGalley, Books Forward, and the publisher for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    i want the art from this cover to be printed as a sticker so i can slap it obnoxiously everywhere (Joan said it was a 9/10 on the sob scale. Descendant of the Crane was a 5/10 according to her. I was already sobbing during DOTC. I am not prepared.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    julianna ➹

    the fact that i hated this is one of the top 10 most awkward moments of my life joan he i am brokenhearted too very confused, sad, & salty review to come < / 3 ( buddy read w/ may, caitlin, lily, & cath!! ) // i literally started this book over from the beginning since i was not comprehending a single second of it ❤️ it's what joan he deserves because i was NOT enjoying it before lmao // the author of one of my all time favorite novels is writing a dark sci-fi novel with gorgeous asian girls on the fact that i hated this is one of the top 10 most awkward moments of my life joan he i am brokenhearted too very confused, sad, & salty review to come < / 3 ( buddy read w/ may, caitlin, lily, & cath!! ) // i literally started this book over from the beginning since i was not comprehending a single second of it ❤️ it's what joan he deserves because i was NOT enjoying it before lmao // the author of one of my all time favorite novels is writing a dark sci-fi novel with gorgeous asian girls on the cover? someone hold me rnrn i'm chinese, so i have a legal right to read this, right??? right??? (also this totally gives me wilder girls vibes, and i'm hoping it will be just as viscerally terrifying) (update: still hope this book will be as good as / better than wilder girls, but hopefully without the author bullying ppl LMAO)

  19. 5 out of 5

    katie ❀

    joan he has done it again. after reading the masterpiece that was descendant of the crane, i jumped at the chance to read her next book, and i'm so excited to say that the ones we're meant to find did not disappoint in the slightest! with her sophomore novel, joan he has cemented herself as one of my favorite authors. her brilliant sense of character and exquisite writing certainly exceeded my expectations. cee and kasey are sisters, one longing for another and one longing to forget. cee is lonel joan he has done it again. after reading the masterpiece that was descendant of the crane, i jumped at the chance to read her next book, and i'm so excited to say that the ones we're meant to find did not disappoint in the slightest! with her sophomore novel, joan he has cemented herself as one of my favorite authors. her brilliant sense of character and exquisite writing certainly exceeded my expectations. cee and kasey are sisters, one longing for another and one longing to forget. cee is lonely, stranded on an island, left with nothing but memories of her sister. kasey is witty and smart, but wants to forget her lost sister, celia. they were once whole together, roughly torn apart by waves of salt and differences in belief. joan he's writing is absolutely nothing like i've seen before. she writes vivid language rendered in gorgeous prose, and the messages of this book are delivered without holding back. they left a huge imprint, crashing down upon me, a never-ending deluge of words and emotion. but above all, this book is about what it means to be human, how we're never alone, no matter how lonely we feel. and finally, it is about the ones we're meant to care for, desire, and love; the ones we're meant to find.

  20. 5 out of 5

    CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨

    Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond. My thoughts on The Ones We're Meant to Find are unfortunately complex and not so straightforward. Ultimately, I liked this book well enough, but the story until 57% was unfortunately very slow and sluggish. 57% onwards though? Absolutely amazing. I don't feel torn, in a sense I don't know how to feel about the book, but torn in a sense that my opinions of this book are, for the most part, split down the middle. - Follows two Asian teens and sis Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond. My thoughts on The Ones We're Meant to Find are unfortunately complex and not so straightforward. Ultimately, I liked this book well enough, but the story until 57% was unfortunately very slow and sluggish. 57% onwards though? Absolutely amazing. I don't feel torn, in a sense I don't know how to feel about the book, but torn in a sense that my opinions of this book are, for the most part, split down the middle. - Follows two Asian teens and sisters, told in alternating narratives. There's Cee, who wakes up on an island with no memory of before, except that she has a sister and that she has to find her. Then, there's Kasey, a STEM prodigy who searches for her sister and may have the key to saving humanity from its own destruction. - Most of the first half centers on and builds on a central mystery or 'reveal', which is revealed at 57% of the book. - The first 57% of the book is just... really slow, unfortunately boring, and has a lot of padding in the storytelling. The slow pace made me want to give up a few times - but I wanted to know what the story was leading to, so I kept reading. - Because I was invested in what was going to happen in the story, I really enjoyed the story following the 'reveal'; it takes off and I liked how the story and characters finally come together in a meaningful way. - This story explores climate change, the consequences of unchecked capitalism, existentialism, and hope versus misanthropy, and I enjoyed the themes of the book. - Ultimately, I didn't like the first half but loved the second half... so my opinion is really split down the middle about this book, and I unfortunately don't think the good second half justify the too-slow pace of the first half. Content warning: blood mentions, death of a loved one, physical violence, environmental apocalyptic themes

  21. 4 out of 5

    Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    I hit page 100 today but have decided to let this one go. This book has an iconic cover but it kept giving me reasons not to read it. Nothing had my attention. One sisters perspective is far better than the other but the combination of the two still had my enjoyment tank on empty. Full review to come on my YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks I hit page 100 today but have decided to let this one go. This book has an iconic cover but it kept giving me reasons not to read it. Nothing had my attention. One sisters perspective is far better than the other but the combination of the two still had my enjoyment tank on empty. Full review to come on my YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks

  22. 5 out of 5

    human

    please.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Éimhear (A Little Haze)

    I am in awe of this book. The writing is delicious. The narrative unfurls delicately. It’s a book that only a truly gifted storyteller could write. For much of this novel I didn’t know what was going on. The plot, and to a lesser extent the character motivations, always just seemed to be beyond my touch; it was as if the author was teasing the reader, and every now and then the truth of the story was a mere fingertip away before it was quickly shrouded in even more mystery. This made it incredib I am in awe of this book. The writing is delicious. The narrative unfurls delicately. It’s a book that only a truly gifted storyteller could write. For much of this novel I didn’t know what was going on. The plot, and to a lesser extent the character motivations, always just seemed to be beyond my touch; it was as if the author was teasing the reader, and every now and then the truth of the story was a mere fingertip away before it was quickly shrouded in even more mystery. This made it incredibly compelling. Sometimes a little bit head wrecking sure... but because Joan He is a truly talented writer my interest never waned. It was a story that revealed itself slowly and assuredly. Honestly I’ve never read anything like it before. Absolutely every single strand of plot and character detail had a purpose; I often didn’t know what that purpose was during the early parts of the novel but a little after half way through.... HELLO PAYOFF with a whole tonne of little lightbulb moments flashing together to create the most breathtakingly emotional climax and conclusion; such true brilliance this story showed itself to be by the end. I wish to keep my review as vague as possible because this is a book that is best savoured without knowing anything about where the story will take you. At its most reductive the book is based in a futuristic, climate ravaged world that is becoming uninhabitable, and at the novel’s core is the story of two sisters. Cee and Kasey. Both lost, one metaphorically and the other a little more literally. And both are searching for the other. It’s a story about family. About what bonds us together. About what drives us to endure. About the essence of who we are and what makes us who we are. It’s about the ones we’re meant to find, the ones who for us are home, and what sacrifices we will make to find them and ultimately find ourselves. Read this if want to read something slow burning with a carefully deliberate plot all mixed up with mysterious characters and what feels like an eerily prescient setting. Highly recommended *An e-copy was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for honest review* Publishing 4th May 2021, Text Publishing For more reviews and book related chat check out my blog Follow me on Twitter Friend me on Goodreads

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrae

    WELCOME to the longest review I have ever written. Where do I even start? Everything about this was a disaster. The characters The plot The world building It just kept getting worse and worse and it would not stop. All I wanted was for this book to give me some redeemable quality and there was none. AND THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL. it breaks my heart. I’ll start off with the good (aka that extra .5 star) 1. The main characters- they had some depth, some complexity. I understood some of their reasoni WELCOME to the longest review I have ever written. Where do I even start? Everything about this was a disaster. The characters The plot The world building It just kept getting worse and worse and it would not stop. All I wanted was for this book to give me some redeemable quality and there was none. AND THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL. it breaks my heart. I’ll start off with the good (aka that extra .5 star) 1. The main characters- they had some depth, some complexity. I understood some of their reasoning behind the things they did. 2. The survival plot- I surprisingly really enjoyed this aspect, it was probably the only part of the book I actually liked. I never thought that I would enjoy that part of a book but I definitely want to pick up more with this in it. 3. Short chapters- i think it’s self explanatory :) Alright moving on now... lol. THE BAD. 1. THE WORLD BUILDING- What a dumpster fire the world building in this book was. Right off the bat, I was completely and utterly confused. There were so many science terms, we were thrown into this world with no introduction, nothing was explained, and I mean nothing. The only thing that was developed was the island and the ship thing that Kay is living on. Which would be fine if that was the only location in the story. But it wasn’t. There was description of the outside world. And when I say description I mean all of one sentence. And the main conflict had to do with these colonies that are living on the main land? I think. That’s how little it was developed. All that was given is that there are people living on land and it’s bad for them. That is it. There was ABSOLUTELY no other description. How am I supposed to feel for these people if I don’t understand their circumstance? The stakes were supposed to be high but I had none of the feelings because we didn’t know what the stakes were. They visit these places once, I think they were teleported from the sky, we get no descriptions of what they look like, the state of them, living conditions. nothing. It was an absolute disaster. Some of the worst that I have ever laid my eyes on. Even the parts that were partially developed, and I mean partially because nothing was ever really explained but the characters spent a lot of time in these areas, took about 60 percent of the book for me to get used to. 2. THE TERMINOLOGY- this is kind of like a subcategory of the previous one but it was obnoxious and it makes me so beyond angry so it has to get its own spot. First of all there was too much science going on. I read to enjoy myself not to feel like I am reading a text book. Second, can someone PLEASE TELL ME WHY she felt the need to create new terms for scientific concepts that ALREADY EXIST. I could not handle it. I was going to lose my mind. Just say they are dying from radiation and move on. 3. SIDE CHARACTERS- another absolute disaster. None of them had any dimension. This one girl... Meridian, is supposed to be one of the main character’s best friend. But their relationship had no development, she was kind of irrelevant until the very end where they got into a fight about I don’t even know what and she went all “I’ve always been there for you and been by your side” but we got none of that in the actual story sooo I’m not sure what feelings that was supposed to incite in us. Why did everyone of Celia’s ex boyfriends need to be named? don’t ask me. 4. THIRD PERSON POV- I never thought I would read a book where I preferred the first person over the third person perspective. But this book was full of surprises. It was dreadful. I could not handle it, maybe it was the addition of all of that obnoxious science talk but I didn’t want anything to do with it. It was all one big migraine. 5. THE PLOT- I don’t even want to get into it, but basically we are taken on this journey with these two sisters, for the story to not even get an ending, and it pissed me the fuck off. And the dual timeline at the end turned into an absolute mess and none of it made any fucking sense. 6. KAY AND ACT’s RELATIONSHIP- the lovers (not really but.. there’s something going on) to enemies thing? Absolutely not. It’s a no for me. The reason behind it? You’re asking the wrong person. There’s so much more but I’m gonna go into my absolute least favorite part... and the part that sealed the deal when it came to this one star rating... THE 12 PAGE INFO DUMP I done even know how to get into this. (spoilers ahead) So if you can recall from a little while back I mentioned that we didn’t get an ending to the story. Basically that is because we are following the two sisters, two povs, two different timelines, and they are finally about to accomplish the whole purpose of the story. And then we get one last chapter going back to the past timeline. We get this horrible scene. That should have been cut from the book. I might rip the chapter out myself because it takes the book to a whole new level of trash (and it really just doesn’t make any sense). And then... we go six years into the future from this final chapter. AND THEN. WE GET A TWELEVE PAGE FUCKING HISTORY OF EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED IN BETWEEN THE PAST AND PRESENT TIMELINE. EVERY. SINGLE. THING. IN DETAIL. oh my god it makes me want to scream. and did I mention... THE TIMELINES ARE A THOUSAND YEARS APART. So everything that was left open ended in the actual plot of the story she took the time to give us a history lesson instead of you know... writing something good. My forearms are cramping and I am a mess. Thank you for coming to my rant. ——————————————————————————— that twelve page info dump at the end did it for me 1.5 Stars rtc.

  25. 4 out of 5

    jenny✨

    2-3 stars; i.... feel let down. :( nevertheless, this remains one of the most gorgeous covers of any 2021 release i have seen. and i love joan he's brain—whatever she puts out, i shall read! full review to come!!! many thanks to netgalley & text publishing for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review. 2-3 stars; i.... feel let down. :( nevertheless, this remains one of the most gorgeous covers of any 2021 release i have seen. and i love joan he's brain—whatever she puts out, i shall read! full review to come!!! many thanks to netgalley & text publishing for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷₈⁷ ♠

    "I will happily devour anything this author writes," I say as the author chases me away from her grocery lists. "I will happily devour anything this author writes," I say as the author chases me away from her grocery lists.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lala BooksandLala

    reading vlog https://youtu.be/2FEsgyetgqY reading vlog https://youtu.be/2FEsgyetgqY

  28. 4 out of 5

    nessma

    [digital arc provided by the publisher] the ones we’re meant to find is a thrilling, heartrending sci-fi novel following two sisters—celia, who’s been surviving on an abandoned island with one mission: to find her sister, kasey, who’s trying to decide if she’ll use science to help save humanity, that has continued to fail her and the people who mattered most. ”some secrets are best left at sea.” wow. if it’s not apparent by the rating, i cannot stress this enough, i loved this book. it blew me [digital arc provided by the publisher] the ones we’re meant to find is a thrilling, heartrending sci-fi novel following two sisters—celia, who’s been surviving on an abandoned island with one mission: to find her sister, kasey, who’s trying to decide if she’ll use science to help save humanity, that has continued to fail her and the people who mattered most. ”some secrets are best left at sea.” wow. if it’s not apparent by the rating, i cannot stress this enough, i loved this book. it blew me away. it had me floored. i am speechless by what joan he has achieved here and i know that this review will not never serve the book any justice but i will try my best to articulate my overwhelming feelings. this is a story about love, hope, humanity, and what we’re willing to do—or rather, sacrifice—to survive. within that, the author explored what i believe is the heart of the story: sisterhood. it is a compelling, heart-searching tale of family ties and a thought-provoking prodding of humankind trying and failing and trying again to find freedom in life. i was immediately transported into the world with the characters. even though the sci-fi aspect hindered my reading because i was trying to absorb it all in, it was just me marveling at the sheer imagining of the setting and the author’s ability to bring life to words on a page through excellent world-building that resonated with our real world and hit close to home. it felt fully realized just enough to be able to tell the story the author was trying to tell—and it was done beautifully. similarly, the atmosphere the book created was just stunning. it really could be a studio ghibli film. i was more in love with cee’s chapters—the descriptions and the writing there excelled, in my opinion. maybe i’m biased because i’m a sea/ocean/beach fanatic but every mention of the sea and the sand and the sun and the sky tugged at my heart. the writing took some getting used to; i get that it was an authorial choice to write in fragments to fit the mood of the book and i felt it chunky and kind of awkward at first but i quickly got accustomed to it and better yet enjoyed it so much. joan he has got some heart-wrenching tricks under her sleeve to make you feel emotional—i was a satisfied victim of her ways and it made the book all the more compelling. the characters stole my heart from the very first page and i found myself getting increasingly engrossed in their lives and minds and hearts as the twists kept coming. my heart rarely takes leaps and races so fast when i’m reading a book and towmtf did. celia was very easy to love, constantly challenged and constantly having her life shattered only to renew her faith in survival and finding her sister across the sea, it was so refreshing to read a hope that strong. kasey was such a strong character and very interesting to read from, i found myself always questioning her actions but also understanding her, trying to find answers and choose the “right” thing. hero and actinium are also such, such prominent characters who i care dearly for and truly made this book the journey it is. every single character was crafted with thought and care and i absolutely loved them all. the only hiccup i initially had was the pacing in the first half of the book, but by the ending and after all the plot twists and revelations, i found myself understand the route of storytelling joan he took in this book. it simply just made sense to have the book start slow and steady; in that way it made me resonate with the characters and become engrossed in the world. and really, with all the mind-blowing plot twists we get in the second half are just enough to keep me thinking about this book for an eternity to come. i will never be over what joan he has done to me. and i am so excited to have it done to me again with the next thing she comes up with!! tw: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parents (off-page), death of a loved one, drowning, vomiting, large-scale natural disasters and mass casualties, gore.

  29. 5 out of 5

    elhyza

    “All we can do is live and feel as much as we can, to rebel against the life and feelings we can't control.” still wrapping my head around everything that occurred in this exhilarating novel. i am not okay, give me a few days to process this emotional whirlwind on top of being a very brain power consuming book with the amount of detail put into the world and concepts. i think saying kay's overall character personality and growth arc wise as complex is most definitely an understatement with seeing “All we can do is live and feel as much as we can, to rebel against the life and feelings we can't control.” still wrapping my head around everything that occurred in this exhilarating novel. i am not okay, give me a few days to process this emotional whirlwind on top of being a very brain power consuming book with the amount of detail put into the world and concepts. i think saying kay's overall character personality and growth arc wise as complex is most definitely an understatement with seeing her past take root within the kay we see all throughout the story and become the person she's truly been but hidden. cee's perspective was something so intriguing, there's something about her that really stood out to me with her self actualization and just seeing how the wheels turned in her head at the plot progressed on. the dystopia world building does get intense at times with the climate science politics talk but it helps to just nod and smile and keep turning the page as if you understand it haha. some of the unexpected turns in the plot were honestly not that surprising in my own personal opinion, but nevertheless those particular plot points still had me turning the page needing more questions answered. there is a gaping whole in my heart that had me wishing we had more time with these characters feeling like cee in particular was my favorite yet there could've been more to her arc of the story, i'm devastated and still have so many unanswered questions. this overall story was just so multifaceted with the eco cities dystopian world but hitting close to reality, i can't even begin to explain right now, my brain is just whirring. full proper rtc in reread hopefully soon. “And I think we have even less choice over the ones we're mean to find.”

  30. 4 out of 5

    dezzy

    2 stars. the way i never marked this book as "currently reading" on goodreads bc i kept going back and forth about DNFing it,,,,, take from that what you will :')) ahh i know this is a hugely unpopular opinion, but i honestly did not like this book at all 😭 i feel so sad about saying this, but i was very, very bored and confused throughout the entirety of the book. it's probably my lack of brain cells, or maybe it's because the world-building and writing were very lackluster, but i actually had NO 2 stars. the way i never marked this book as "currently reading" on goodreads bc i kept going back and forth about DNFing it,,,,, take from that what you will :')) ahh i know this is a hugely unpopular opinion, but i honestly did not like this book at all 😭 i feel so sad about saying this, but i was very, very bored and confused throughout the entirety of the book. it's probably my lack of brain cells, or maybe it's because the world-building and writing were very lackluster, but i actually had NO IDEA what was going on 😩 the two different POVs + timelines between the two sisters were very weird and confusing, and i just felt like nothing, from the characters to the futuristic dystopian world this story was set in, was fully explained or developed. i was just not connected to any of the characters, and did not understand the world, at all. the only reason i didn't DNF this was because i learned that there's a big reveal at around 57% of the book, and apparently the second half is a lot better. so even though i really, really hated the first half of the book (the pacing was unbearably slow), i trudged on - and when i got to the plot reveal, i was definitely shook and taken aback, i'll give y'all that. 🤯 but also, all of the plot twists in this book were written in an unnecessarily vague and confusing manner ????? i just don't get it. and then the book continued to go downhill from there lmao and didn't fulfill my hopes......sigh. also what the heck was that ending lmao,, i'm still very confused :')) basically, two words can sum up my feelings towards this book: bored and confused. this book put me into the worst reading slump i've had this year so far. i feel very bad and sorry that i didn't enjoy this book as much as so many other people did, but maybe you'll like it more than i did, especially if you have more brain cells than me (which is very likely lmao) :))

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