The Ones We’re Meant to Find || DNF Review

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Title: The Ones We’re Meant to Find

Author: Joan He

Published: 24. June 2021

Edition: Text Publishing

ebook, 384 pages

Genre: Science Fiction | Mystery | Dystopia


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.


As the title of this post says I didn’t finish reading The Ones We’re Meant To Find, I decided to stop reading it at 23%. I just wasn’t enjoying the book and one of my resolutions is to DNF books that I’m actively disliking. I’m very disappointed that it happened with a review book, but I just couldn’t force myself to get through it. I hoped to enjoy this book, but sadly that wasn’t the case – which makes me even sadder since the cover is gorgeous.

What did I not enjoy about this book? I found it confusing. I was reading the book but it felt like my brain retained no info, I just didn’t get what was going on – it felt like I couldn’t properly follow the plot. So that was rather frustrating. I also didn’t care about any of the characters, nothing drew me to them. I just didn’t care what was going to happen in this book, which is why I decided not to finish it. Especially since I know that, if I forced myself to finish it, it would get a low rating for me. So this was the better option. I don’t really know how to end this, since this is the first DNF review I have ever written, but I guess I’ll just leave it at this.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!


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