In Want, main character Jason Zhou exhibits so much love for his country of Taiwan, despite it’s fractured state. I found that to be such a lovely element of this story, and since the national flower of Taiwan is the Plum Blossom, I decided to pair Want with this Hakutsuru Plum Wine.
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From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.
Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.
With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.
Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?
- Title: Want
- Author: Cindy Pon
- Publisher: Simon Pulse
- Pub Date: June 13, 2017
Futuristic, fast-paced, and utterly phenomenal, Want is the perfect blend of science-fiction, dystopian, heist novel, and thriller. This is a must read for fans of Six of Crows and The Thousandth Floor.
Cindy Pon has brilliantly crafted a near-future version of Taipei, where global warming, pollution, and a fatal pandemic have created a society where the divide between the wealthy and those living in poverty is not only vast but deadly. This setting not only contributed to the very high-stakes storyline, but also felt entirely believable, as though this could be a very natural and perilous progression for our current society.
Between Jason Zhou’s band of deviants, who defy those in positions of power over Taipei in an attempt to save it, and the enigmatic Daiyu, Cindy Pon has assembled a diverse and dynamic cast of characters that you’ll be captivated by from the very first page.
One of the parts of this story that I absolutely loved was Jason Zhou’s love for his country and city, and how that motivated his actions throughout the book. It was so refreshing to read a story about a “criminal” with such truly noble intentions.
This is one of those books that bridges the gap between genres so well and will be adored by many different types of readers. I’m so excited for it to be out in the world on Tuesday and even more excited to learn that there is a second book in the works. I for one cannot wait to see more of this fascinating world and these incredible characters.
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About Cindy Pon
I’m addicted to twitter and bad reality television. And some good ones too, like Project Runway. Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix, my two young adult fantasies from Greenwillow Books are available now! My first published short story, “Blue Skies”, is also available in the Diverse Energies anthology (Tu Books). Serpentine, the first book of my second Xia duology was released September 2015, published by Month9Books. Sacrifice, the sequel, is out September 2016. WANT, my near-future thriller set in Taipei will be released by Simon Pulse Summer 2017! A children’s picture book with my chinese brush art is also in the works! I’m represented by Bill contardi of Brandt & Hochman. When I’m not writing or painting, I like to read, daydream, travel, eat and watch films in the theatre. I am a new hobbyist in reef keeping and have an 8g saltwater tank that I spend much time on and adore. I love pastries, americanos and Taiwanese food! =D
Have you pre-ordered Want yet? Will you be reading this beauty on Tuesday? What is your favorite book by Cindy Pon?