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The Ones We're Meant to Find

Joan He

Roaring Brook Press

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ISBN10: 1250258561
ISBN13: 9781250258564


384 Pages



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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, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her.

In a world apart, 16-year-old STEM prodigy Kasey Mizuhara lives in an eco-city 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 nevertheless, she 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.


Praise for The Ones We're Meant to Find

"A stunning and compelling novel full of twists and an emotional pull that will make readers want to finish it in one go."BuzzFeed

"A melancholy, heartbreaking story of a young woman who loved her sister enough to survive years of horrors in order to get back to her . . . It’s painful stuff, beautifully written, and He gives that suffering the space it deserves in this reflective novel."—The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"I fell in love with this haunting, futuristic world and the sisters searching for each other in it. Joan He's words will stay with you long after the final page."—Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Skyhunter

"Much like the floating cities within its pages, this book is a perfect synthesis of high-tech futurism and dreamlike imagery. Gripping, heartfelt, and joyously cerebral, this is a story to dive into and let its twisting currents pull you into a strange, clever, and startlingly original world."—Emily Suvada, author of This Mortal Coil

"In a climate-ravaged future, the love between two sisters is the only hope for humanity's future. This is sci-fi at its best: floating cities, kindness and desert islands!"—Lauren James, author of The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker

"An intriguing foray into a devastating future—and yet one where hope abides."Kirkus Reviews

"Exhilarating and heartbreaking . . . This fast-paced sf tale is sure to linger."Booklist

"At turns whimsical and gut-wrenching . . . He grafts deep moral and ethical questions to a page-turning premise, making this sci-fi standalone an excellent book club selection."School Library Journal

"Interweaving Cee’s immediate first-person voice and Kasey’s more removed third-person narration, He crafts an intricate, well-paced rumination on human nature, choice, and consequence."Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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I WAKE ON MY FEET, wind tangled in my hair. The sand is cold beneath my arches and the tide is rising, white foam and gray water frothing around my ankles before fizzing through my toes.

My bare...

About the author

Joan He

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 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 waterfront. She is the author of Descendant of the Crane, her young adult debut novel.

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