Book Review: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Joan He

Rating: 3 out of 5.

published: 4th May 2021
spoilers? nope


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.

Galley provided by publisher

The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a book that I devoured within a couple of hours. I looked up after 50 minutes to find I’d read almost two thirds of the book. And yet. I wasn’t entirely engaged with it. I don’t have a whole lot to say about it. There were twists and turns aplenty, but I think what happened was that I was too fixated on guessing those to get fully involved in the story itself.

Which is entirely a me-problem, I realise. If you enjoyed Descendant of the Crane, then you are definitely going to love this one. If you haven’t read Descendant of the Crane, I still predict you’ll enjoy this one. For me though?

I probably could have seen this coming.

I think my issue wasn’t the plot — I was plenty engaged with it, and didn’t want to put the book down because I had to know what happened. I think the problem I had was I didn’t feel much about anything in it. (This is likely also a me-problem. In fact, most of anything in this review will be so. Stop reading here and go about your day, I would say.) Maybe this was because I was trying to guess too much, maybe I was reading too quickly. Whatever the reason, I didn’t get to be involved enough to love this book.

But I would still highly recommend reading this book! I am easily going to be in a minority regarding this one, I think. So if the premise intrigues you (as well it should), then make sure you get to this one as soon as you can.

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