Hello, friends! Today I am super excited to be joining the Xpresso Blog Tour for The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He! I quite enjoyed this one, so I shall tell you all my thoughts, then you can enter to win a copy of your own!
The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He
Published by Roaring Brook Press on May 4, 2021
Pages: 384
Format:eARC
Source:Copy provided by publisher for review, via Netgalley

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.

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.

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This sure is a unique story! At first, I will admit to not having a clue what I was getting into, but I was intrigued and excited. Both characters and their stories are so wildly different from each other right from the start, which instantly piqued my interest even more. The story alternates between the POVs of Cee and Kasey.

Cee’s world is quite different from Kasey’s in that it’s quite post-apocalyptic and Cee spends much of her time trying to survive and/or escape, and she knows precious little of how she arrived in her current circumstance. Kasey’s is more sci-fi, with life in an actual city-in-the-sky, and spends most of her time in simulations when she’s not trying to find answers about her beloved sister Celia’s disappearance. So as you can imagine, the stories are quite different, and I was so excited to see how/when/if they converged.

I will say, I felt a bigger connection to Cee and her story, though I have a feeling that was intentional on the author’s part. Kasey is still quite sympathetic, as it’s clear that she has been through a lot, and who could blame her for needing answers? Though I will admit to being a bit confused by some of the eco-related plans she develops, but frankly, Kasey is just smarter than me so it is what it is.  As the plot moves forward, there were some incredible twists that I definitely did not see coming, and which kept me quite engaged.

I think my only negative, aside from the minor confusion (which I could deal with) was that I did want a bit more from the ending, but I also think that is a personal thing, as I prefer things to be super wrapped up.

Bottom Line: This is such a unique, twisty story with two desperate young women at its heart. It will make you feel and think, and that is the best combo IMO.

About Joan He

Joan 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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Do you think you could live in an eco-city, spending most of your time in a virtual reality? (My vote is goodness, no hah.)

Posted May 4, 2021 by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 14 Comments


14 responses to “Review & Giveaway: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

  1. Johanna Burton

    My answer is definitely not! VR has never really been my thing so I wouldn’t do well if my world revolved around it 🙂

  2. Maybe virtual reality would be an improvement. Sounds like an interesting concept. I don’t mind a bit of cognitive dissonance, as long as I can eventually find my way

  3. Danielle Hammelef

    There is no way I could only live in virtual reality, although playing VR games is a blast. This book sounds amazing after reading your thoughts.

  4. I’m looking forward to this one! As for your question….if the VR was really good and I never had to surface back into reality, absolutely I’d spend the rest of my life in there. A space where my health issues and this capitalistic hellscape that is America in 2021 doesn’t dominate my life entirely? Sign me up! 😀

  5. I read an excerpt of this one on Bookish First and I was very intrigued. I’m happy to see you enjoyed it. I’m also intrigued by the idea of living in a VR. It would definitely have its perks. 🙂

  6. This cover gave me gay vibes, but alas…they’re just sisters. Ha. Awkward.

    I feel like I live in virtual reality all the time because I have dissociative identity disorder (DID) — I’m a system of 15, which means I am but one of fourteen other alters. Not every DID system has an inner world, but many do, and those who don’t have the power to create one. Regardless, it’s essentially called the “headspace”, which every DID system has regardless of having an inner world. My system mates and I are working to build our own — it takes a while — and we’re making a castle. 🙂

    This book does sound interesting, like something a few of us would be interested in, so it’s definitely added to my Goodreads TBR.

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