Sci Fi

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

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Book is still available on NetGalley until the 31st

I have seen this book floating around the blogosphere for a while now. It just released, but the hype around it had been as high as the waves on the cover and in the story itself. I must say that I am not in the group that loved the book. I have a tentative relationship with Sci-fi, but usually, I like them. Some things worked in this story (even for me), while others seemed more complicated than was required.
First, I should say the concept itself was pretty great. Once the twists and revelations occurred, I had to hand it to the author for having created a tight enough storyline and for building on a theory successfully. We have two sisters, separated by more than distance as they grapple with the other’s absence and try to make sense of the world they live in. I must also admit that I never expected things to go the way they did. The characters all live in a dystopian utopia in the future, and we are informed of the rules of this world in parts.
We can feel the melancholy on the sisters’ parts as well as the drive to figure things out. I somehow found the execution too cumbersome. I agree that a degree of confusion is required to let the story pan out the way it did, but it felt too confusing. I spent more energy decoding the facts given than I should have. The writing taken by itself was good, put together at a story, I felt like I was working too hard.
I also did not buy the sisterly bond ( I have a warm relationship with my sister myself, even if we are also not overtly touchy-feely nice to each other). Even though they kept trying to find each other, I did not ‘get’ it.
It may sound like I am talking the book down a lot, but that is not it. I am just mentioning why it did not work for me in particular. The concept and the hidden depths of the book are interesting enough to entertain lovers of this genre.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley, the review is entirely based on my own reading experience of this book.

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