Friday, May 7, 2021

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway - The Ones We're Meant to Find by Joan He

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The Ones We’re Meant to Find
Joan He
Published by: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: May 4th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Perfect for fans of Rick Yancey and Marie Lu, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a sci-fi fantasy with mind-blowing twists, ready to burst onto the YA scene, from the critically-acclaimed Descendant of the Crane author, Joan He.

Cee 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 commited 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.


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For three years, Cee has been living on an island with only a robot for company. Cee can’t remember how she got to the island or her life before her arrival there, but one thing Cee does know is that she has a sister called Kay. Cee is desperate to find her way back to Kay and dreams of the day they will be back together.

Kasey Mizuhara is a resident of one of the eco-cities that float above an Earth that is racked by natural disasters caused by climate change. To reduce their environmental footprint the residents are encouraged to use stasis pods to travel via hologram instead of in person. Kasey is an introvert and struggles to connect with other people. Kasey’s sister, Celia, is the complete opposite to her, being an extrovert and popular. The last thing anyone expected was for Celia to disappear in a boating accident.

Three months after the accident, Kasey is certain her sister must be dead, but then discovers that Celia had been keeping secrets from her.

The premise for The Ones We’re Meant to Find really intrigued me and the gorgeous cover definitely drew me towards the book as well.

Cee and Kasey were both interesting protagonists who were similar in some ways, but also very different. There were times when I liked and related to them both, but I don’t feel that connected to either Kasey or Cee as much as I could have.

The plot was interesting and held my attention. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, so it did keep me on my toes in that regard, but I wasn’t gripped by what happened.

I liked the climate change aspect of the book and the sci-fi/fantasy elements. I thought the idea of eco-cities was interesting and are something I can imagine happening in real life.

I enjoyed the themes of family and identity, and found them thought-provoking, as were the climate change-caused natural disasters.

I liked the writing style and found it easy to follow. I would definitely read another book by the author.

While I didn’t enjoy this as much as I hoped I would, I still found it to be an enjoyable, unique read.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, unique read.

Author Bio


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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