Review & Giveaway: The Ones We’re Meant To Find (Joan He) | they didn’t lie when they said this YA scifi was twisty — yes, I am in shock

Sometimes you come across one of those books that just shocks you to the core, and today I’m here to tell you all about a book that recently did exactly that to me! The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He doesn’t only have one of the most beautiful covers out there, but this YA scifi story is truly remarkable and one of the most unique books I’ve read!

For today’s tour spot, I’m gonna try to convince you to read this book in my own chaotic way and you can even win a physical copy of it! Be sure to read on for all the details! Now, let’s see what it’s all about, shall we?

What is The Ones We’re Meant To Find about?

The Ones We’re Meant To Find by Joan He
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: May 4th, 2021
Genre: Young adult, Science fiction
Representation: Asian main characters
Trigger/Content warnings: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parent (off page), vomiting, large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, some gore

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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.

What did I think of The Ones We’re Meant To Find?

It’s actually very convenient that this book has such a sea-theme, because it makes it easier for me to use a metaphor. This book is truly like going swimming in the sea: everything is calm and you’re enjoying yourself. You start to trust its consistency and turn around to look at the shore, only for the salty water to swallow you whole.

Well, at least that’s how it felt like for me.

Listen, I try not to be dramatic and stuff, but let’s face it…Joan He came up with one of the best plot twists ever. I could never have seen that coming because it’s just so unique and twisty and just shocking. I wish I’d recorded my face when I realised what was happening because it was probably really, really funny (to look back at, the moment itself consisted of so much pain)!

“We are as real as we believe ourselves to be.”

Joan He, The Ones We’re Meant To Find (quoted from an advanced copy)

But despite the twists being truly amazing, this book has so much to bring! Joan He’s writing really transported me into the story. Her prose is as good as people say it is and I overall really enjoyed her style. It was especially remarkable for me how she managed to write from two perspectives that felt so different from each other. The two sisters had really authentic and different voices!

Cee’s story was the main focus, of course, and I really loved her journey. It was so immersive and really had that wow-factor. I can’t say much about the romance because I don’t want to make the wow-factor any less for anyone, but it was so good! I just feel like everything about this book was so unique, too!

Also, while writing this review I noticed a big Easter egg Joan He that kinda predicted the plot twist and may I just say that I’m shocked all over again?! It’s really hard to write down some coherent thoughts because all my brain is saying is WHA—I will never get over this.

“The thing about stars,” says Hero, voice soft, “is most of them appear close together, but not many actually are. None are meant to pass each other in orbit.”

Joan He, The Ones We’re Meant To Find (quoted from an advanced copy)

So, in other words, what’s today’s conclusion? Joan He is an absolute genius storyteller and I’m a messy reader. I really hope more people will pick this up so they can scream, too! For my fellow science faction newbies: don’t let that put you off because I literally never read scifi, yet this was so intriguing! This book (and Joan He as an author) are not to be missed!

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review! This did not affect my opinions in any way.

Giveaway time (INTERNATIONAL)!

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If you are excited about seeing more (amazing) book blogs talking about The Ones We’re Meant To Find, be sure to check out the tour schedule here!

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Well, that was a wild ride (or dive? No, no, not the time for unfunny puns)! I sincerely hope you enjoyed hearing me ramble about how utterly shocked I am, and for those of you that are entering the giveaway: best of luck! But with all this talk about a plot twist, I’ve grown a bit curious…

28 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: The Ones We’re Meant To Find (Joan He) | they didn’t lie when they said this YA scifi was twisty — yes, I am in shock

  1. I’m still reading this book, but I still love this review! I agree with you, Joan He is amazing with words and I loved her writing so so so much! lovely post 💗

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  2. Ahh I just finished this book too and OMG it was a wild ride! I’m gonna have to re-read it again soon to look for that Easter egg!!👀👀

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  3. birdie i love this review sm i’m so glad you liked towmtf!!! and yes aren’t the twists and plot reveals absolutely surprising and painful 🥲

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  4. This book sounds fantastic and full of life from start to finish! The writing sounds like it really flows and sucks you in which is awesome! Great review, Birdie!

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