Book Review: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

05.04.2021 | Roaring Brook Press
Rating: 5/5 stars


Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for the last three years without any recollection of how she arrived or memories from her life prior. The only thing she knows is that she must find a way off the island and get back to her sister, Kay, who is somewhere across the ocean. In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara lives in an eco-city built for people who protected the planet. Natural disasters are on the rise due to climate change and eco-city provide shelter, clean air and water away from this reality. Kasey is an introvert living in the shadows of her popular and loveable sister Celia. Three months have passed since Celia disappeared after sneaking out and taking a boat out to sea. Kasey is on the verge of giving up hope, but takes one last journey to retrace Celia’s final steps. Where they’ll lead and the secrets Kasey will uncover are bigger than she ever imagined, but Kasey has a secret of her own.

THE ONES WE’RE MEANT TO FIND is easily going to show up in my top reads of 2021 stack! This book was so intricately woven with twists and turns that I never saw coming. Joan He has methodically designed a story that will sweep the reader off their feet and immerse them into the alternating narratives of Cee and Kasey. With each new chapter the perspectives unveil something new either about the narrator or their situation. As the truths regarding what is happening to our two characters came to light I was absolutely floored. 

This story has a bit of science fiction, a bit of fantasy, a bit of mystery, and a bit of dystopia that all add up to something unique and addictive to read. There’s so much to this story that I want to talk about, but I worry that any little bit I saw would ruin the surprise that this book contains. I’ve already gushed over this book to friends and coworkers and I’ll continue to force it upon anyone who will listen!

This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

A huge thank you to Books Forward PR for my gifted copy!

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