BlurbCee 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 escape from the science and home she once trusted. The Metropolis—Earth’s last unpolluted place—is meant to be 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.
Title: The Ones We’re Meant to Find
Written by: Joan He
Published by: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: May 4th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Content warnings: terminal illness, suicide, violence (including choking), death, death of parent (off page), vomiting, large scale natural disasters and mass casualties, some gore
If you expect this book to not ruin you, let me curb that expectation. It will indeed ruin you.
Joan He’s second book is SUCH a different feel entirely to her first, Descendant of the Crane, and yet the elements of He’s writing that I loved in that book are in this one as well.
The writing style remains fluid but the tone of this book is almost like Deus Ex Machina, I’m always expecting something to happen, nothing loud or obnoxious but quiet and creeping so it kept me on my toes the whole time. I knew there had to be more, and as a reader you’re not disappointed by that.
Totally did not expect what actually happened, so, still a huge element of surprise.
The differences in the sisters is a very stark contrast, they are clearly of two different minds, but they’re still sisters, I still felt that bond between them that I do with my own sister. It’s a hard one to break and He doesn’t want to do that, she just wants to break you, the reader.
Pacing is really well done, the book feels like you’re always on the cusp of finding out something, and you want to keep reading to see if that’s true or not.
The plot is incredible and the sort of dystopia/future that Joan He builds is so believable that for a moment in reading I would forget it was fiction, I just expected this would be how it felt. There are some nice interesting twists with her version of the future which made sense and I appreciated that her world-building was throughout the book so it always felt as if I were learning a new piece of the world as I went.
5/5 Huge cups of coffee from me and I cannot wait to see what Joan He writes next. Thanks so much to Xpresso Tours, Publisher, and NetGalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!
About the Author
Author BioJoan 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.
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