I went into this book not really knowing what it was about and it blew my mind. The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a science fiction novel set in a world where climate change and polluting the Earth has caused people to adapt, living in eco-cities with a whole range of interesting world-building features. At the centre is a compulsive story of two sisters that didn’t immediately draw me in but once gripped I could not stop reading.
Star rating: 4 stars
The story is told in two perspectives – sisters Celia and Kay. Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for 3 years alone with few memories and the goal to find her sister Kay. Kasey lives in one of 8 eco-cities built for the people who tried to protect the planet. She’s a STEM prodigy and prefers time to herself than being around others. Kasey is determined to find out the truth behind what happened to her popular, fun-loving sister and that forms the basis of the plot.
The world-building is exceptional and thought-provoking. Eco-cities protect their residents from the natural disasters that plague Earth, but in return the humans living there spend a third of their time in stasis – conducting activities virtually through holos. I really enjoyed the details from the holos to the resident ranking system, and the examination of rank privilege.
There is a lot of mystery in this book, with the world revealed slowly to the reader through the eyes of the characters. This can make it difficult to follow in the beginning, and I was a bit confused at times. Both Celia and Kay were compelling protagonists and I enjoyed figuring out the mysteries throughout the plot. Overall, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is a unique science fiction novel with a lot of discussion points that would make it perfect for a book club read.
Will you be picking up Joan He’s latest novel? If you like books that you have to think about, The Ones We’re Meant to Find is perfect.