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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 eco-cities—Earth’s last unpolluted place—are meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but they’re 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.
Welcome to the The Ones We’re Meant to Find Book Tour! I couldn’t be any happier to be apart of it and be one of the first blogs to kick it off! I was first introduced to Joan He with her debut book, Descendant of the Crane and just like it, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is amazing and worth your time. Also, isn’t the cover for the book amazing? Now, as part of my stop on the tour, let’s move onto the review! If you want to check out the full tour and the other stops as well, please checkout the tour information here as well as checking the #TOWMTFTour hashtag among Twitter and Instagram.
I have finished this story over a month ago (at the time of writing) and I haven’t stopped thinking about it. I have tried to sum it up in the best words I could think of, but I am afraid that whatever words I put down won’t do the review justice that it deserves.
The Ones We’re Meant to Find tells the story of two sisters separated by distance in a distant future where environmental factors has caused people living in eco-cities in the sky. Immediately, I knew this was going to be interesting and good for multiple reasons. Joan He creates amazing stories from beginning to end and in a future where people are living in close groups, how does one go missing? As I wondered about that question, I actually stumbled upon more questions as I read more of the story. These questions were absolutely necessary for the story to continue.
As I have continued, I noticed little details between the sisters that kept feeding into my questions. I have written down notes in order to keep track of all these details I have kept noticing. There was a mystery and I wanted to solve it before Joan just drops it on me (trust me, she’s good). Despite me trying my best, Joan has won this time and with something I have never thought would be possible.
Overall, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is another amazing work from Joan He. Joan has the ability to do everything that a story needs to become good and is able to work details to have the greatest effect. When it comes to books, Joan He is becoming a name, a name everyone should know. It is simply just that. Do yourself a favor and get to know Joan through her books.
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 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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