The Ones We're Meant to Find - by Joan He

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Suggested Age: 12-17 Years

Number of Pages: 384

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Sub-Genre: Science Fiction

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Author: Joan He

Language: English

Street Date: May 4, 2021
TCIN: 80510360
UPC: 9781250258564
Item Number (DPCI): 247-48-3321
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

A New York Times Besteller, perfect for fans of Marie Lu and E. Lockhart, The Ones We're Meant to Find is a gripping and heartfelt YA sci-fi with mind-blowing twists. Set in a climate-ravaged future, Joan He's beautifully written novel follows the story of two sisters, separated by an ocean, desperately trying to find each other.

Book Synopsis

A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Bestseller

Perfect for fans of Marie Lu and E. Lockhart, The Ones We're Meant to Find is a gripping and heartfelt YA sci-fi with mind-blowing twists. Set in a climate-ravaged future, Joan He's beautifully written novel follows the story of two sisters, separated by an ocean, desperately trying to find each other.

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.

Review Quotes

A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Bestseller
2022 YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
2022 Excellence in Children's and Young Adult Science Fiction - Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

I fell in love... Joan He's words will stay with you long after the final page. - Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Skyhunter

A strange, clever, and startlingly original world. Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil

This is sci-fi at its best: floating cities, kindness and desert islands! Lauren James, author of The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker

An intricate, well-paced rumination on human nature, choice, and consequence. - Publishers Weekly, starred review

Exhilarating and heartbreaking... This fast-paced sf tale is sure to linger. - Booklist

A stunning and compelling novel full of twists and an emotional pull that will make readers want to finish it in one go. - BuzzFeed

An intriguing foray into a devastating future--and yet one where hope abides. - Kirkus

Mind-bending. -Common Sense Media

An instant bestseller, and with its twisty sci-fi plot ... it's not hard to see why. - Country Living, AAPI Month Recs

One of the most twisty and engaging page-turner YAs you'll read this year. -Culturess

A gorgeous cover heralds this story of sisterly love and environmental disaster. -Den of Geek, May Roundup

A twisty young adult novel in the vein of E. Lockhart's critically acclaimed We Were Liars., AAPI Month Recs

Tender, heart-wrenching and frightening, this one will stay with you. -Ms. Magazine, May Roundup

Stunning. -Nerdist

Explores the pressing question of who deserves to survive in a world we are destroying. -NPR Books

Breathtaking. -PopSugar, Best YA Books of May

Sharp, devastating, and brimming with invigorating questions., Review

At turns whimsical and gut-wrenching... He grafts deep moral and ethical questions to a page-turning premise, making this sci-fi standalone an excellent book club selection. - School Library Journal

A melancholy, heartbreaking story of a young woman who loved her sister enough to survive years of horrors in order to get back to her... It's painful stuff, beautifully written, and He gives that suffering the space it deserves in this reflective novel. - The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books (BCCB), recommended

About the Author

Joan He 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. She is the author of Descendant of the Crane, her young adult debut novel.
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3.7 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

Not My Favorite

2 out of 5 stars
Sheri H - 1 year ago
I really had high hopes for this book. I kept reading how many people were looking forward to it and how great it would be. well, I just did not like it. The narrative was very hard to follow. The science stuff would have been actually easier to follow had real words and phrases for things been used instead of made up ones. I did like the stuff on the island and that alone was compelling to read. However, at about the half way point when you can see where it is headed, it just got to be too much. And the ending, WHAT!?!?! Don't get me started. Very dissapointed.
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Recovering Forgotten Memories

4 out of 5 stars
Olivia Fink - 1 year ago
4.5 stars I have never heard of this author before this book but the moment I saw that Marie Lu loved it, on top of the wonderfully intriguing plot summary and cover, I had to read it. And after reading this story I can confidently say that if she continues to write books she will be an auto-read author. It's hard for me to believe that she's only written one story before because the writing in this book and the plot is so unbelievably entertaining that it's hard to believe she hasn't had multiple international bestsellers. And I can tell that this book is going to be one that every lover of young adult, dystopian, and science fiction will have to read. I really liked how even though this is a dystopian world the problems in it relate to what we see in today's world. The world that this story is set in is full of pollution and environmental problems. In order to escape the pollution, the government has built ecocities in the sky to try to escape the effects it has on the body. Then there is a nice science fiction element because the people can spend their days in an alternate reality through technology and they do this to try to eliminate driving and other things that would cause more pollution in the world This story is told from two sisters' POVs who are trying to find one another. I really liked Cee's chapters as it has a nice element of survival and adventure. She's abandoned on an island with a robot and trying to survive as well as make her way back to a sister she hardly remembers. Throughout the book, we're slowly learning more as she gets her memories back. We also get chapters from her sister which helps us to have a different outlook on the world and to understand how it functions better. We follow her as she does a little bit of detective work to figure out what led her sister to the point of disappearing and now everyone thinks she's dead. She also works with someone who knew her sister to figure out the truth and to come up with a solution for the world's problems. At times I felt like the actions of the characters was a little forced especially in some of the romantic relationships that happen. The romance doesn't make up the book but there is a little bit and for me, I wasn't into their relationship at all because it was very unnatural. But the other relationships in the book especially the ones between sisters were very engaging and had me caring for them and what happened to them. I also love that this book had a nice mystery element to it. So this book took two of my favorite genres, dystopian/science fiction, and thriller/mystery, and put them into one. I didn't think this book would be a mystery but it definitely had that psychological thriller element. I did not see the twists and turns coming and when it happened I was shocked. But once learning the truth I could understand things that I couldn't make sense of before. And after knowing the truth there were little details that I remember reading before and thinking that's kind of off, but now understanding the truth it all clicked. The author did wonderful adding little hints and details that if you look close enough you would figure out something, but I don't think you would be able to understand the whole truth until it is revealed to you. The ending also had me needing more. I know this is a standalone novel but it definitely ended in a way that could become another book. You can kind of guess what happens but I love this story so much that I hope that the author will decide to make another book. There is so much that could still be said. Overall a wonderful new story where what's inside is just as stunning as the cover.
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Haunting, lyrical, thought provoking science fiction

5 out of 5 stars
lurkykitty - 1 year ago
The Ones We're Meant to Find is a beautifully written story told from the perspective of two sisters living on a dystopian near future earth ravaged by natural disasters caused by climate change and pollution. Cee woke up naked and alone on an abandoned island three years ago, her only companion a bot called U-me. She is compelled to cross the sea to find her sister Kay, but suffers from amnesia. She has been struggling to survive and build a boat. Kasey lives in a sky city above the ocean which has been designed to minimize environmental impact and carbon output. Her sister Celia disappeared several months ago and is presumed dead. Kasey struggles to relate to other people (she perhaps has ASD) but is a scientific genius. She has been investigating the disappearance of her sister. The reader is kept in the dark initially and has the feeling that something isn't adding up. There is an enormous twist that explains everything. The Ones We're Meant to Find is an emotional, lyrical thought provoking book with enormous depth. It raises questions about the price future generations will pay for our irresponsibility and carelessness, about what makes life meaningful and worth living, about what should be rights and what should be freedoms. This haunting story will stay with you long after you close the cover.
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