Review – The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He

This is one of my most anticipated releases for 2021 and my favourite cover. I was not disappointed.

This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thank you.

The Ones We’re Meant To Find

by Joan He

Two sisters. An unputdownable story.

Cee woke up on the shores of an abandoned island three years ago with no idea how she got there. Now eighteen, she lives in a shack with an ageing android, and a single memory: she has a sister, and she has to escape to find her.

From the safety of the eco-city floating above Earth, now decimated by natural disasters, sixteen-year-old Kasey mourns Cee whom she’s sure is dead. She too wants to escape: the eco-city is meant to be a sanctuary for people who want to save the planet, but its inhabitants are willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Is Kasey ready to use technology to help Earth, even though it failed her sister?

Cee and Kasey think that what they know about each other and their world is true. Both are wrong. If you loved We Were Liars or Black Mirror, you’ll love The Ones We’re Meant to Find, a clever, inspirational thriller.

  • The world
  • like a mystery
  • sister love

I loved this book so much!

The story is divided into two narratives which slowly merge into one as information is given. It was almost like a mystery and I kept wondering, asking questions etc

The world-building was done so well. The information given is in pieces and drip feed throughout the book. It made it very intriguing and felt like a mystery.

The world is futuristic and focuses a lot on climate change and taking care of the planet and fixing our mistakes. It’s fascinating to see what the author thinks could happen. I like the holographic elements. Not so much about it being there, but why they were using holograms so much.

There is no magic in here. It’s all science. It’s futuristic and focused a lot on coding, holographic projections, and turning human into numbers and the ethical aspect of that.

Kay – Kasey is the younger sister and the one in the eco-city. She is the coder, the intelligent one with hardly any emotions. She even installed an app in her head for emotion and it gives her suggestions for the more normal response to stuff others have said or asked. It’s very relatable lol. I loved Kasey! She was my favourite.

Cee – Celia is the older sister and the one stuck on the island. She is resourceful, emotional and lovable. She is the sister more in touch with her emotions or she got the emotional package and there was nothing left for Kay when she was born. I felt Celia was the most normal of them and therefore was not my favourite.

not so much

This book was very well written. This is an author I want to read more of. I loved who the world-building and time gap was written as a mystery.

Loved it! I need to check out this author and read everything else they’ve written.

Also, I loved what the author did with the romance in here. Thank you!

BTW, the synopsis says its a thriller, which I didn’t get. To me it was a sci-fi mystery. But Maybe that’s just me.

Have you read this? What did you think?

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