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One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli.

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,
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Roaring Brook
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chai ♡
self-care? do you perhaps mean adding books with gorgeous covers to your TBR list?
daph pink ♡
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, ya, asian-authors
I have a rather unpleasant announcement to make.

- I AM FUCKING DISAPPOINTED🙁

Nevertheless moving on this cover still remains one of my fav covers of 2021 and I am so glad that people are loving it, it's just wasn't my type and rather slow for my liking, the world building was haphazard and felt incomplete and I didn't found any of the characters appealing.
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Robin
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
↠ 5 stars

The Black Mirror reminiscent sci-fi of my dreams that somehow managed to break my heart into smithereens before I ever finished reading. After awaking marooned on an abandoned island with nothing to retrace her steps but the memory of a sister awaiting her return, Cee will do anything to find her way home. Three years later and the island has become her captor, luring her back no matter how many times she tries to escape its clutches. Back home, Kasey mourns a sister lost forever to the
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jessica
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i think JHs jump from fantasy to sci-fi is a real success. with her signature beautiful prose, JH has created an elevated ‘lifelike’ and ‘warcross,’ bringing new dimensions to the genre.

i will say i strongly preferred cees chapters over kays - im more interested in survival stories than cli-sci - and kays chapters are very technical, almost to the point where im still not quite sure i understand everything. but both sisters are worth reading about and i love how their two POVs connect. it defin
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may ➹
why do the books with pretty covers always have to be the ones that disappoint me

rtc

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this cover is very pretty in an objective way and..... the girls are very pretty in a gay way

// buddy read with lots of friends (tag later!)
Joan He
Feb 23, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
5/4/21 and that's book 2 out in the world friends! thank you so, so much to everyone who took the time to read and review. As always, an extra big thank you to everyone crossposting reviews on retail sites such as amazon and B&N. It's a huge help to us authors <3

Like last time, I thought I'd round up some FAQs and drop some insight here!
THE OPEN ENDING
(Ok, I know that isn't the answer you wanted. In my very biased opinion, I'm for less is more. No second helpings of dessert. *hides*)
THE TIME
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Hafsah Faizal
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With adoring prose and a clever plot, Joan He's latest novel is a beautiful story about the bond between sisters and the love for a humanity that might not deserve it. Be prepared for floating cities, deserted islands, and a peek at an awful future that doesn't seem all too implausible. I absolutely loved this story. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
May Owlcrate! Click on the spoiler under the picture to see the goods



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I mean, I don’t know what to say ... I just knew I would love this bo
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Hillary
Mar 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, sci-fi
4.5 stars

That ending HURT ME

The problem with oceans? They always seem smaller from the shore.


I’m amazed by the sheer complexity this whole book is built on. I’m not talking about the world building only, but also the characters. Joan He was able to write a standalone that had on me the same impact a trilogy I love usually has. It was twisty and heart-wrenching, shocking but so wholesome. It would have been a five star if it wasn’t for the fact that things like the world, the technology and
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Chelsea Humphrey
"For whatever we lose (like a you or a me),
it's always ourselves we find in the sea."

-E.E. Cummings, Maggie and Milly and Molly and May

Beautifully written and exquisitely lush, The Ones We're Meant to Find is more than just a stunning cover. A slow burning dive into sisterly bonds, climate change, and the effect that our carbon footprint has on the earth, this story was equal parts thought provoking and emotionally challenging. The first half of the book is quite slow in pacing, but if you stick
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Lauren Lanz
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Ones We’re Meant to Find took me completely by surprise; what began as a story of two sisters separated by the sea quickly became something so much more. Joan He seamlessly combines classic elements of science fiction, fantasy and thriller to create what is an undeniably striking and unique tale, gripping from start to finish.

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

It’s been three years since Cee washed up on the shore of a deserted island, with nothing more than an android to keep her company a
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Samuel
A👏NYT👏BESTSELLER👏AND👏A👏WELL👏DESERVED👏ONE


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO THIS AMAZING BOOK!


 I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Text Publishing for the advanced copy of this book.


Bookplaylist here!


“It hurts like a wound, even though I’m used to being alone. Except I’m not alone. Alone is an island. It’s an uncrossable sea, being too far from another soul, whereas lonely is being to close, in the same house yet separated by
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Luce
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The cover for this book is goals...its contents not so much. I found this novel to be an odd melange of confusing and simple. The characters came across as flat (little more than names on a page), the world-building, although at first promising, ultimately struck me as patchy, and the storyline and twists were just not up my street. Still, I know that quite a lot of people are looking forward to this novel so I encourage prospective readers to check out so
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Alexis
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Two sisters search for one another. One trapped in an abandoned island, the other in a city built to withstand the world falling apart.

I don’t usually read sci-fi, so it was a lot different from what I usually read, but I really enjoyed it.

I was confused a lot, but in a good way. There were lots of twists and turns. Anytime I thought I had things figured out, I was wrong. I was nowhere near close to guessing what was really happening. The writing was very well done. It held my attention and
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Vicky Again
Feb 21, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i want the art from this cover to be printed as a sticker so i can slap it obnoxiously everywhere

(Joan said it was a 9/10 on the sob scale. Descendant of the Crane was a 5/10 according to her. I was already sobbing during DOTC. I am not prepared.)
julianna ➹
the fact that i hated this is one of the top 10 most awkward moments of my life

joan he i am brokenhearted too

very confused, sad, & salty review to come < / 3

( buddy read w/ may, caitlin, lily, & cath!! )

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i literally started this book over from the beginning since i was not comprehending a single second of it ❤️ it's what joan he deserves because i was NOT enjoying it before lmao

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the author of one of my all time favorite novels is writing a dark sci-fi novel with gorgeous asian girls on
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CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Read my full review on my book blog, The Quiet Pond.

My thoughts on The Ones We're Meant to Find are unfortunately complex and not so straightforward. Ultimately, I liked this book well enough, but the story until 57% was unfortunately very slow and sluggish. 57% onwards though? Absolutely amazing.

I don't feel torn, in a sense I don't know how to feel about the book, but torn in a sense that my opinions of this book are, for the most part, split down the middle.

- Follows two Asian teens and sis
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
I hit page 100 today but have decided to let this one go. This book has an iconic cover but it kept giving me reasons not to read it. Nothing had my attention. One sisters perspective is far better than the other but the combination of the two still had my enjoyment tank on empty.
Full review to come on my YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/hollyheartsbooks
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katie ❀
joan he has done it again. after reading the masterpiece that was descendant of the crane, i jumped at the chance to read her next book, and i'm so excited to say that the ones we're meant to find did not disappoint in the slightest!

with her sophomore novel, joan he has cemented herself as one of my favorite authors. her brilliant sense of character and exquisite writing certainly exceeded my expectations.

cee and kasey are sisters, one longing for another and one longing to forget. cee is lonel
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♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
"I will happily devour anything this author writes," I say as the author chases me away from her grocery lists. ...more
elhyza
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
“All we can do is live and feel as much as we can, to rebel against the life and feelings we can't control.”

still wrapping my head around everything that occurred in this exhilarating novel. i am not okay, give me a few days to process this emotional whirlwind on top of being a very brain power consuming book with the amount of detail put into the world and concepts. i think saying kay's overall character personality and growth arc wise as complex is most definitely an understatement with seeing
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jenny✨
2-3 stars; i.... feel let down. :(

nevertheless, this remains one of the most gorgeous covers of any 2021 release i have seen. and i love joan he's brain—whatever she puts out, i shall read!

full review to come!!!

many thanks to netgalley & text publishing for this e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
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Andrae
WELCOME to the longest review I have ever written.

Where do I even start?

Everything about this was a disaster.

The characters
The plot
The world building

It just kept getting worse and worse and it would not stop.

All I wanted was for this book to give me some redeemable quality and there was none.

AND THE COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL.
it breaks my heart.

I’ll start off with the good (aka that extra .5 star)

1. The main characters- they had some depth, some complexity. I understood some of their reasoni
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dezzy
2 stars.

the way i never marked this book as "currently reading" on goodreads bc i kept going back and forth about DNFing it,,,,, take from that what you will :'))

ahh i know this is a hugely unpopular opinion, but i honestly did not like this book at all 😭 i feel so sad about saying this, but i was very, very bored and confused throughout the entirety of the book. it's probably my lack of brain cells, or maybe it's because the world-building and writing were very lackluster, but i actually had NO
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Emma☀️
2.5 stars
This wasn’t for me, unfortunately :(
The concepts He came up with were amazing in theory but they did not translate well on paper. Longer rtc

Thank you to Text Publishing and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Ash
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Black Mirror fans
Thank you to NetGalley and Text Publishing for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I had no idea what to expect going into this book, and even while reading it I wasn’t always sure how I felt about it.

The first word that comes to mind when describing it is “confusing.” The combination of the mysterious plot, the futuristic setting, the vague writing style, and characters that often felt distant from me as a reader came together in a perfect storm of “wait, what is going on?
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Éimhear (A Little Haze)
I am in awe of this book.

The writing is delicious. The narrative unfurls delicately. It’s a book that only a truly gifted storyteller could write.

For much of this novel I didn’t know what was going on. The plot, and to a lesser extent the character motivations, always just seemed to be beyond my touch; it was as if the author was teasing the reader, and every now and then the truth of the story was a mere fingertip away before it was quickly shrouded in even more mystery. This made it incredib
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dipper
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yes yes yes yes GO READ THIS!! the characters... the political & environmental commentary... the portrayal of humans and right and wrong and how different peoples brains work. the TWIST!!!!!!!! so so good a new favorite for sure!! cee was so fun to read about and the inner conflicts were so engaging and relatable.
katie ❀
[4.5] okay leave me alone to cry now

rtc (maybe as i am emotionally distraught)
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Joan 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 stories were her favorite kind of art. She studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and currently writes from a desk overlooking the city
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