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.
In alternating, timeline-shifting chapters, He (Descendant of the Crane) traces an expansive near-future narrative that centers Asian sisterhood and family. Three years prior to the novel's start, Cee awakens on an abandoned island amnesiac, colorblind, and alone except for a bot. She recalls only the absence of her younger sister, Kay, and feeling an impulse to get off the island and find her. Now, Cee has finally constructed a boat that may give her the chance. Meanwhile, in the wake of climate disaster, the highest ranked humans "calculated from the planetary impact" of their behavior and their ancestors' have moved to eco-cities, "conducting nonessential activities in the holographic mode." In one such city, Kasey Mizuhara, 16, daughter of an eco-city architect, considers the absence of her sister Celia, 18, recently lost at sea. Banned from science for previously breaking an international law, Kasey nevertheless pursues a lead to access her sister's memories. Interweaving Cee's immediate first-person voice and Kasey's more removed third-person narration, He crafts an intricate, well-paced rumination on human nature, choice, and consequence. Ages 12 up.
This book wasn't bad, but in all honesty, it fell flat for me. I had higher expectations than this book managed to deliver. Starting off I was confused and irritated, the world-building wasn't great either, it could have been done so so much better. The characters were boring, and I didn't care for any of them. That's not to say I disliked them, it's just I didn't particularly care for them either. Sci-fi is really not my thing so that might have been why, but this just wasn't great.
The cover of this book is still gorgeous, but the book inside isn't anything special. Also, this book was just really confusing, I'm not even sure I understood anything. But all that being said, this book did have some good aspects. I liked how the sister's povs connected, the sister concept was pretty cool to read. And I liked the author's writing, it's pleasant to read. Certain parts of this book were actually really interesting and thrilling. All in all, it's not a bad book, it's just not what I expected or wanted.