Title: The Ones We're Meant to Find
Author: Joan He
Publish Date: May 4th, 2021
Publisher: Roaring Brook
Source: Huge thank you to Raincoast Books and the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review!
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.
Wow what a fantastic novel! Great storyline, with really great elements of real world issues woven in to create the perfect balance between fiction and not. I am truly surprised at the direction this book took, something that hasn't happened to me in a long time reading a book. The way Joan He writes, the twists that her story took, the perfect merge between two seemingly separate story lines... it was a testament to her tremendous skill as a writer.
The book follows Cee who has been on an abandoned island for three years, and Kasey the sister who was left behind. I enjoyed getting to know each character and journeying through their lives with them as they uncovered truths and discovered themselves. The plot itself is widely based on the world "ending" in a way due to the environmental strain that humans placed on the Earth for so long. The author's world of cities in the sky with holograms and stasis pods was masterfully created. The book didn't end the way I expected or thought I wanted, and yet it fit the story perfectly.
Overall, I recommend everyone give this book a try regardless of age or favorite genre. I think it has something for everyone - lovers of mystery, romance, thriller, fiction, fantasy, etc. Go in with an open mind... don't try to guess where it's going because you'll be wrong every time lol. Just read and enjoy.
Rating: 4.5/5 Devils