Book Review & Aesthetic: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Good morning! I hope everyone is getting through the end of the week easily. Our week has been so nice with the additional day off here in the US. We spent our “lazy” day going furniture shopping (it took 3 hours, our lazy day was… not as lazy as we intended), and I can now tell you that we have a fully furnished apartment! We got a futon in our office so we can lounge while we work if we need to. Though we may be furnished, we are absolutely not decorated at all. All in good time, though. This is the first time we are living on our own, without roommates or anything, so we can make it just how we want it!! I’m really excited, so I hope you are ready to keep getting updates. πŸ˜„ Anyway, without further ado, here is my review for the highly anticipated The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He! Please enjoy! ✨

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Title: The Ones We’re Meant to Find
Author: Joan He
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication date: May 4, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction, Climate Fiction, mystery, speculative fiction

A compelling climate fiction (cli fi) novel full of twists and turns that will keep you on your toes

At a glance: Sisters with a bond strong enough to survive anything set out on a quest to find each other and save humanity from the climate disaster we created.

  • 🌊 Climate Fiction
  • 🌏 East Asian Rep
  • πŸ’₯ Dramatic Ending
  • 😭 Emotional

Read this if… want a speculative fiction with a climate disaster, especially speculative science fiction, or you love contrast between analytical characters and free spirited characters. Or if you love a book with a strong sister bond or just strong sibling bond!

Diversity Representation: Chinese-American Author, East Asian protagonists

Content Warnings: Death, climate disasters, abandonment, terminal illness, mass casualties, suicide, attempted murder

❗❗Buddy Read Alert❗❗ I read TOWMTF with Ahaana from Windows to Worlds, and that was by far the best part of reading (as it always is). Keep an eye out for her review! Thank you so much Ahaana for reading with me, but mostly for yelling with me about this book. If you are heading into this book, I definitely suggest a reading buddy to scream with. If you don’t have anyone to yell at about this book, feel free to drop into my twitter DMs, my email, or in my goodreads messages. πŸ’–

Book Review

Mind bending, surprising, twisty, engaging, beautiful, flowing, well executed

The Ones We’re Meant to Find was one of those books that I had to set aside for a few days before I could even think of reviewing it, because it surprised me so deeply. I definitely wasn’t ready, but there is a delightful support group out there for you already for those who have read it. This book was slow at the beginning to set everything up, but once you are halfway through, the pace picks up so dramatically you won’t want to put it down.

Quick Summary: This book follows Cee and Kasey, two sisters with a bond that can save humanity, if only they could meet again… Cee has been trapped on an island for three years with only the memory of her sister to give her purpose, if she can cross the ocean to find her. Kasey is a STEM prodigy, in what seems like worlds away, on the search for her sister, who took a boat out to sea and never returned.

Let me just say that Joan He absolutely nailed this book. It was brilliant in so many different ways. I was incredibly impressed the entire time. The writing alone was simply beautiful. Every juxtaposition came crashing back into itself with an equal affinity, every piece of this story crashed and separated like water in waves. The imagery of water was tailored so beautifully into this story, I could feel myself being lost at sea within the writing. The ever changing emotional distance that we feel between Kasey and Cee felt like the ever changing tide rolling in and out, constantly pulled by unseen forces. It was truly stunning.

No review for this book can be complete without pointing out how well executed the twists and turns were. This book had me on my toes. Though this book is slow in the beginning, once I sat back and reflected, I realized that the slowness was just a foundation for the reader to stand on. The twists and turns wouldn’t have been nearly as good if we didn’t have the perfect amount of build. Once one twist comes, they don’t stop until the end. It dramatically changes pace, because there was so much happening at the end, you needed the foundation. Thank goodness I had it!

The last thing that I really loved was the world. We got just enough to know what happened, but Joan didn’t give us too much information. It really allows us to make our own assumptions for how exactly the world got to be so destroyed from climate change. I really adored that, because I think we all know how the world will get hurt by climate change. We can make assumptions easily for what might get destroyed already, so we don’t need the hand holding. The only small thing that I wish there was a little bit more of is how certain people landed in the eco-systems and the social effects. We got just the perfect amount of understanding of environmental reasonings for the world, but the social selection and effects would have been so interesting to read. It does bring this up! I just would have loved more of a statement there.

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Summing it all up

The Ones We’re Meant to Find was a book that is going to stick with me for quite a long time. The twists and turns were executed so well, and the prose was absolutely stunning. The way the prose and the story flowed like water, made me feel like I was lost at sea β€” or rather, lost in the book.

Book Aesthetic

Of course the blue water was an inspiration for this aesthetic board, but I really was going for a calm but full of meaning and full of heart with this one. I think that’s exactly what this book is. The two stories are so separate, but the love that Kasey and Cee have for each other is so strong it could save the world. I really love this one, I feel like I could stare at it all day. Please enjoy!

About Joan He

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 storytelling was her favorite form of expression. She studied Psychology and East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the Delaware River. Descendant of the Crane is her debut young adult fantasy. Her next novel, The Ones We’re Meant to Find, will be forthcoming from Macmillan on May 4th, 2021.


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