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Want [Read] ➮ Want By Cindy Pon – Thomashillier.co.uk Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives The rich wear special suits that protect them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while t Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives The rich wear special suits that protect 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 costWith 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 necessaryYet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the 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.

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  • Hardcover
  • 328 pages
  • Want
  • Cindy Pon
  • English
  • 16 May 2017
  • 1481489224

About the Author: Cindy Pon

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix Greenwillow , which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association s Booklist, and one of s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA Her most recent duology Serpentine and Sacrifice MonthBooks were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal WANT Simon Pulse , also a Junior Library Guild selection, is a near future thriller set in Taipei releasing June th RUSE, the sequel, is slated for spring She is the co founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade Learnabout her books and art at.



10 thoughts on “Want

  1. Jesse (JesseTheReader) Jesse (JesseTheReader) says:

    Is everyone just sleeping on this book I feel like no one is talking about it This was excellent I loved each and every one of the characters, the futuristic take on Taipai was fascinating to read about, and the story arc developed really nicely I won t say it s a book that had me SHOOK to the core, but it was a super enjoyable read Can t wait for the next book

  2. CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨ CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨ says:

    We live in tumultuous times Pollution and global warming are on the rise, the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer, and we live in a society where corporations have a startling amount of power over our own lives It is for these reasons that we needbooks that tackle social and political issues, and books that offer critique of our own society It is important, nowthan ever, that we read books like Pon s Want We need books that not only examine such issues, but We live in tumultuous times Pollution and global warming are on the rise, the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer, and we live in a society where corporations have a startling amount of power over our own lives It is for these reasons that we needbooks that tackle social and political issues, and books that offer critique of our own society It is important, nowthan ever, that we read books like Pon s Want We need books that not only examine such issues, but books that do so well and with a critical lens There are very few books that ever satisfy my sociologically inclined and discoursing heart, but Want was such a book and .Set in the distant future, Taipei is perpetually covered in a thick layer of toxic smog The rich people, or you which means to have, are able to afford and wear technologically advanced suits that provide them with clean oxygen thus protecting them against the pollution Not only can they afford such suits, the you s wealth affords them cosmetic surgery, simulated entertainment, and the luxuries and grandeur of high society In contrast, the poor people, or mei which means have not, are not able to afford such suits, and thus succumb to disease, homelessness, hunger, and early death Within the very first chapter, Pon sets the scene of such a Taipei where the wealth disparity is visible and palpable The writing was fantastic it transported me to a bustling and overcrowded city lit by the stark light of giant billboards, filled with the scents of good food and smoke The imagery of Taipei was reminiscent of my motherland, where giant apartment complexes were built next to squat slums And then I thought The juxtaposition of wealth, even in such proximity, does not only exist in Want, which provoked the question how different is this futuristic Taipei from our society today or what it may be tomorrow How much longer until our future becomes Want s Taipei The truth was a harsh and ugly one in order to change the status quo, we had to be destructive Seize control of the narrative Redirect the plot.The discourse in this book was amazing, and I was hooked and intellectually stimulated The book tackles a variety of important topics, all absolutely necessary to discuss and reflect on A big issue explored in Want is environmentalism However, rather than present the ideas through self gratuitous monologues, we see the consequences of pollution and industrialization manifest in the story s narrative, a series of questions asking what if s about our own world and environment And thus, a distinct strength and personal favourite of Want is that its discourse and ideas are extremely accessible, or easy to understand and engage with, thus making it a perfect read for seasoned science fiction readers as well as those who do not read science fiction often Essentially, Want does somethingprofound than answer the world s socio political questions it asks thought provoking questions that are difficult to answer and, most importantly, give you a glimmer of hope in unexpected ways.Want may indeed be very topical, but it also possesses a compelling story that carries itself with exceptional momentum Complete with dangerous missions, including infiltration, reconnaissance, going undercover, and befriending the enemy, Want will certainly satisfy readers who love something a littleheart stopping and thrilling Of course, the story would not be the story it is without its phenomenal and memorable cast of characters At the forefront is Zhou, the lead and narrator of Want Best of all, set against the larger narrative, Zhou s character development was gripping Though determined in his mission, Zhou still experiences doubt and a unsettling awareness of the implications of his actions His internal conflict provoked me to contemplate and weigh out what wasimportant the so called greater good or the common good, when both entail destructive consequences Maybe by the end of all this, I wouldn t be able to look at anyone in the eye Or maybe I d do just that, and simply not care any longer.Although Zhou was a great lead and narrator, I was inevitably drawn to his friends I found myself loving every single one of them, each character a vital game piece necessary to complete their ambitious mission And when the friends are not working together to take down corporations, they are eating together and laughing Zhou and his friends reminded me of summer days when I hung out with my friends, eating and laughing together In other words, seeing such friendships, one so real and relatable, gave me such a warm and genuine feeling of nostalgia The romance was splendid too there was fantastic chemistry, which was balanced by a dynamic pulled taut by circumstance and differences You would think that, amidst bringing down hegemony and corruption, there would be no time for a romance, but it was a welcome and meaningful addition to the story So when I say, everyone needs to read this , it s not only because Want is absolutely spectacular, but it also has thoughtful critique of modern society Indeed, Want is, and has the potential to be, a momentous cornerstone of young adult science fiction Hard to fault, everything about Want is incredible characters, story, action, discourse everything If you haven t read Want, I implore you to read it it has my highest praises, highest esteem, and highest recommendation An effortless favourite of 2017.Rating 5 5 Is this book for you Premise in a sentence A group of friends work together to take down a corrupt corporation.Perfect for Readers who love science fiction with accessible discourse, want an exciting and fast paced heist like story, and want to read a book that tackles important social issues, especially environmentalism.Genre Young adult, science fictionRecommended Yes, yes, a million times yes.Book trigger content warnings mild violence This review can also be found on my book blog, Read, Think, Ponder

  3. ✨ jamieson ✨ ✨ jamieson ✨ says:

    MY MOST ANTICIPATED 2017 RELEASE LIVED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS oh the joy Not to mention I now own a book thats beautiful inside and out Truly Cindy Pon has blessed me The closest thing I can compare WANT to is Six of Crows except it s Six of Crows but with characters of the exact opposite motivations The SoC team are all chaotic bads, but the WANT crew are all chaotic goods Jason Zhou, and the crew of friends behind him just want to help their city they just want to stop the pollutio MY MOST ANTICIPATED 2017 RELEASE LIVED UP TO MY EXPECTATIONS oh the joy Not to mention I now own a book thats beautiful inside and out Truly Cindy Pon has blessed me The closest thing I can compare WANT to is Six of Crows except it s Six of Crows but with characters of the exact opposite motivations The SoC team are all chaotic bads, but the WANT crew are all chaotic goods Jason Zhou, and the crew of friends behind him just want to help their city they just want to stop the pollution, the corruption, and help those around them live a healthier life WANT is set in future Taipei, a city in which the rich were suits that generates air for them The city is incredibly polluted, and those who can t afford the suits die early from breathing the toxic air There s widespread poverty, pollution and sickness in Taipei Jason and friends decide to tackle this injustice head on, by infiltrating and taking down the corrupt corporation that manufactures the suits and perpetuates the continued inequality and injustice against the poor The thing I liked most about this book is how relevant it was If you can t see the similarities in this book and the actual world we live in what rock are YOU living under Environmentalism is a huge issue, pollution is on the rise, the gap between the rich and poor gets bigger and despite it all most of us sit, watch, and do nothing I think WANT tackled a lot of environmental and political issues head on, and did it in a really good way Pon shows us the way the government is exploiting the poor, and how little they care about their needs We re shown the huge difference between the rich and the poor, and the suffering of the mei have nots I think Cindy Pon addressed and tackled these issues really well The themeing was really tight, it was obvious what ideas this book was presenting, and then they were dealt with concisely I loved this narrative of teens realising there is injustice, and taking it down in a way that meaningful I also loved the setting Set in a future Taipei, the setting was tangible to me I felt transported to the city, I felt like I was within the smog covered streets and it was so easy to picture and grasp the setting fully The worldbuilding was great The technology and aesthetic of the future, and how this was incorporated with the social and political aspects of the world was excellent REPRESENTATION WANT features Jason Zhou, who s ethnically from the Han majority Of the other crew member, one Victor is from the Philippines, one Arun is Indian Lingyi is Chinese and bisexual, and Iris is in a relationship with Lingyi Her sexuality is not stated but she is in a f f relationship An OwnVoices For Taiwanese rep reviewFinally, I really enjoyed the crew here too While I would have loved to seedevelopment overall, I did quite enjoy the group dynamics The scenes of the kids laughing together, teasing eachother and hanging out were some of my favourites There is also a side relationship between two girls in the crew which I loved and I hope isprominent in Book2 RUSEThe truth was a harsh and ugly one in order to change the status quo, we had to be destructive Seize control of the narrative Redirect the plot On the little downside I had to dock a star for two reasons First of all, I didn t enjoy the romance in this one I found the trope of wooing the girl really cliche and I didn t really love how it played out in WANT I liked Daiyu as a character, and I think she s brilliant and smart I just don t love that trope.I also had pacing issues I thought this book would beaction packed but it did drag a little in the middle The romance focus, rather then action focus, was a little bit of a let down to me I REALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK and it s soo slept on The whole premise is amazing if you re looking for the next Six of Crows LOOK NO FURTHER The setting, theming and group dynamics are so tight, and I adored this crew of characters so much Plus this book is fucking beautiful in real life yo Cannot wait for RUSE, the sequel I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL 2019 THATS INJUSTICE

  4. Ben Alderson Ben Alderson says:

    Cindy Pon s Want is an incredible insight into a future rocked by pollution and corruption Dripping in Diversity and delicious romance.A FANTASTIC SciFi novel.YOU WILL WANT THIS

  5. Cam (justabookeater) Cam (justabookeater) says:

    A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewIts hard enough to get me into sci fi, make it YA and I ll do my best to skip it So why did I decide to pick up this one Simply because my friends will not shut up about it plus the cover is stunning and I can see why the truth was a harsh and ugly one in order to change the status quo, we had to be destructive Seize control of the narrative Redirect the plot The book is written in the point of vi A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewIts hard enough to get me into sci fi, make it YA and I ll do my best to skip it So why did I decide to pick up this one Simply because my friends will not shut up about it plus the cover is stunning and I can see why the truth was a harsh and ugly one in order to change the status quo, we had to be destructive Seize control of the narrative Redirect the plot The book is written in the point of view of our main character, Jason Zhou, who lives in the highly polluted city of Taipei This entire book is set in the future a future that may not lay so far from our own time Zhou and his friends Arun, Lingyi, Victor and Iris hatch a plan to finally make a move and infiltrate Jin Corp, the evil corporation capitalizing on people s suffering an the destruction of nature Zhou must impersonate one of the rich yous and become one of them in order to befriend Jin s sole heir and daughter, Daiyu Jin Once that s settled Bomb the evil guys, find the cure, save the world Easy right In this world you are born either a you or a mei Yous live in excess and have access to the most advanced tech needed to survive the acidic rain that falls down daily on the streets of Taipei and the privilege remain oblivious to the damage that has been done to the world Zhou s group orsuitably, Lingyi s group is consisted of meis of course Cindy Pon leads us through the intricacies of human relationships and how not everything is necessary black and white us versus them yous vs meis With obvious criticism towards today s exploitative society, Cindy Pon makes us check our own privilege as people who benefit from a system and government that is doing nothing to preserve our environment and our people To say its an eye opening and important conversation is an understatement.Moving on to the story It only takes one thing to steal my heart.Awesome Group Dynamics.The one thing I ve seen lacking in YA in the past few years unwillingly replaced by romance as the main plot point Don t get me wrong, I totally get the appeal of a cute teenage romance filled with angst and drama but sometimes I just wanna see how people work together I m simple like that.WANT had all of that andNot only is this group precious to my heart, but they also kick tremendous amounts of ass several times throughout the book I love strong and fierce characters I love three dimensional characters Well rounded personalities are what I want to sink my teeth into when I pick up any book of any genre This rag tag group of teens all PoC, all with issues of their own made me rot for them from start to finish Admittedly, my faves were Lingyi and Victor Lingyi is your typical lavender haired hacker with a heart of gold She s the mom of the group and also, the love of my, excuse me, Iris s life Victor is a cocky rick kid who is also plenty mysterious He keeps his heart hidden but we all now he s just a big old softie You guys know I love the softies.I only docked one star because I felt like the pacing dragged a bit in the middle and the romance between Daiyu and Zhou felt a bit forced Regardless, the narrative style is very beautiful and to the point, making it a quick read for anyone who picks it up a good characteristic to have when dealing with YA I highly recommend this book if you re a fan of Marie Lu s Legend trilogy As far as I know, WANT is getting a sequel and I m ecstatic to see what else these kids have to give Watch out for Cindy Pon guys, we ve got a winner in our mists

  6. Shenwei Shenwei says:

    Originally posted on my blog.There were three major reasons I was super excited about this book The first is that I ve read Cindy s previous books and was interested in seeing how she would tackle a different genre than usual The second is that I ve read Blue Skies, the original short story that Want was based on, so I wanted to see how the novel version builds upon it The third is that it takes place in Taiwan, where my family is from, and there is basically no Taiwanese representation in Originally posted on my blog.There were three major reasons I was super excited about this book The first is that I ve read Cindy s previous books and was interested in seeing how she would tackle a different genre than usual The second is that I ve read Blue Skies, the original short story that Want was based on, so I wanted to see how the novel version builds upon it The third is that it takes place in Taiwan, where my family is from, and there is basically no Taiwanese representation in YA, so I was glad that my motherland was finally getting the spotlight in the fiction I love so much There was a lot pinned on this book, and by and large, Want did not disappoint.An alternate version of the Taipei I know and love comes to life in this story, familiar in many ways, such as its night markets, karaoke joints, 7 Elevens, and landmarks Taipei 101 included , but also different, having evolved into a near future dystopia where high tech commodities and abject poverty brush against each other in stark juxtaposition The sights and sounds, smells and tastes give the setting texture and presence In particular, the descriptions of food will leave you desperate to take a trip to Taiwan to indulge multiple cravings.Want is a great example of diversity within diversity when it comes to the cast of characters Although our protagonist, Jason Zhou belongs to the ethnically Han majority, we also have supporting characters who reflect some the increasing ethnic diversity in Taiwan One is the dapper Victor who works and sends money back to his family in the Philippines, and the other is the pragmatic Arun, who is Indian and comes from a family of brilliant research scientists In addition to the ethnic diversity, we have two Asian girls in a relationship bisexual glasses wearing hacker girl Lingyi and silent but deadly and athletic Iris Together, the five of them form the perfect team and supportive family to one another.In order to accomplish their mission, Jason and friends have to break through both physical and social barriers The latter means that Jason must pass as a rich boy to infiltrate Jin Corporation, and this is by far the toughest part of the mission Jason comes from a poor family, and his mother died of sickness because they couldn t afford healthcare, and he has to adopt the mannerisms and attitude of the wealthy elite for whom money has never been an issue, of the people he resents the most His disorientation and discomfort and heightened class consciousness while navigating privileged spaces are visceral and tangible and portrayed very well.Jason is a very relatable character for me His love for books and use of books as escapism resonated with me and show in his references to both Western and Chinese literary classics His struggle to trust others, especially those in the privileged class that treats him as disposable, is familiar to me as well Also, his desperation to do something to change the toxic system he lives in is basically the story of my life I empathized with his frustrations, doubts, disgust, and conflicting feelings.Much of the conflict of this story centers on class tensions In particular, it explores systemic oppression and how privilege affects someone s worldview This conflict is played out in Jason s interactions with Daiyu, who is sensitive and kind but also sheltered and ignorant due to her upbringing Her individual niceness and good intentions don t negate her privilege or complicity, so Jason struggles with his affections toward her as an individual while he is plotting to destroy the foundation of her unearned privilege.If you re looking for a slow burn, angst filled romance, this book has that Jason and Daiyu manage, in spite of their differences in class, to gradually find common ground and let down their barriers enough to be vulnerable around and real with each other in key moments For those who live for it, there is an abundance of unresolved sexual tension that both frustrates and entertains.The story balances the heist with the romance and character arcs, stringing the reader along with a mix of suspense and action The final one third of the book ups the stakes and packs an emotional punch several times over with twists and revelations and a heart stopping climax The ending ties up enough loose ends to satisfy but is realistic in its developments as systemic change doesn t happen overnight.My one minor critique of this book is the mixed treatment of beauty standards Although it recognized the ever changing nature of fashion and beauty trends, it also uncritically described certain people s bodies as perfect in one or two places without addressing how factors like racism, colorism, sexism, cissexism, ableism, sizeism, etc affect what society views as aesthetic physical perfection Recommendation Highly recommended for the thrills, the feelings, and the food

  7. Ava Ava says:

    4 4.5 stars Leaning towards 4.5, because I can t stop thinking about this book WOW Cindy Pon s newest novel, WANT, is a thrill of a ride through a futuristic Taipei covered in smog with a cast of marginalized characters you cannot help but fall in love with I want to start this review by saying I rarely read sci fi It s a genre I usually cannot get into, but WANT grabbed my heart and took me by complete surprise This is a fast paced, high stakes whirlwind of a story set in a vividly imagi 4 4.5 stars Leaning towards 4.5, because I can t stop thinking about this book WOW Cindy Pon s newest novel, WANT, is a thrill of a ride through a futuristic Taipei covered in smog with a cast of marginalized characters you cannot help but fall in love with I want to start this review by saying I rarely read sci fi It s a genre I usually cannot get into, but WANT grabbed my heart and took me by complete surprise This is a fast paced, high stakes whirlwind of a story set in a vividly imaginable world of a future in Taipei where citizens are dying left and right because of the ecological problems The characters of WANT are carefully built to be real, flawed, and relatable, and you ll fall in love with each and every one of them Jason Zhou, the protagonist, is a well crafted and just plain awesome character, but so are the side characters Victor, Arun, Iris, Lingmi, and Daiyu Their relationships and interactions feel real and are done so perfectly, and you can imagine yourself being friends with them My one small quibble with the book is that the writing feels awkward in a few places, but this is a tiny factor that barely lessened my enjoyment of the story WANT is an all around incredible book, and I want everyone I know to read it If you liked SIX OF CROWS, you ll love WANT And who doesn t love SIX OF CROWS I want everyone, no matter your usual genre preferences, to pick up WANT You won t be disappointed

  8. Elise (TheBookishActress) Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

    I have no feelings I mean, I never do, but I have especially few feelings after finishing this For such a hyped book on twitter, I was really expecting a bitThis didn t do much beyond entertain me It was fine I think I might ve even liked thisif not for the hype PLOT cliche but entertainingSometimes I read books that feel like action movies And that s fine Those are perfectly entertaining, if not necessarily the most meaningful Maybe you ll enjoy thisif you r I have no feelings I mean, I never do, but I have especially few feelings after finishing this For such a hyped book on twitter, I was really expecting a bitThis didn t do much beyond entertain me It was fine I think I might ve even liked thisif not for the hype PLOT cliche but entertainingSometimes I read books that feel like action movies And that s fine Those are perfectly entertaining, if not necessarily the most meaningful Maybe you ll enjoy thisif you re a big fan of action movies, but man, this was not for me But here s my real question why was this so cliche This book focuses on Zhou, a revolutionary who s trying to take down a powerful corporation s head How will he do that Oh yes, by seducing the man s daughter, Daiyu Take a wild guess as to what will happen next Will he fall in love with her Will they have an angsty romance Well, yes Want is a bit of a cliche book It s a fun book, but i felt as if I d read the whole thing before In Fox Forever by Mary E Pearson And Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan And a lot of other books I m reading Now I Rise by Kiersten White right now, and even that book skirts this trope This really isn t a new trope I almost want to quibble with this being a series Really, I don t usually like plot driven series This was mostly plot driven, and I just don t know how this is going to continue in a narratively satisfying way This almost could ve stood alone the conclusion is fairly satisfying, although it doesn t wrap up the world I m just worried as to how Cindy Pon will follow this up That being said, there was a lot I liked about the plot It s super fast paced, first of all I feltentertained than annoyed with the plot, even despite the cliches This is a trope for a reason, after all it leads to a lot of entertainment WORLDBUILDING has potentialI ve seen this book recommended a lot for worldbuilding, so I m going to talk a little about this I d probably compare the level of worldbuilding complexity to that of The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie There are a lot of things about the worldbuilding that are intriguing, but there s really not much there on page That being said, I do love the themes of environmentalism This book focuses on corporate greed and poverty in an interesting way, if a little heavy handed I also appreciated that this isn t set in the US All that being said, I m not necessarily in love with the worldbuilding here It was fine, it was intriguing, I wantedSame as every other category CHARACTERS lukewarmWell, it is an action movie These characters aren t terrible, I didn t dislike them, they were fine They were just so lukewarm Where are the personalities Can y all name a single one of Zhou s character traits beyond brooding I actually think this book would ve been better if it had been told in dual point of view between Daiyu and Zhou Daiyu, the love interest, was probably my favorite character she s funny and sweet and badass without being a jerk I m really interested in seeingabout her And since I ve talked about the love interest, maybe I should talk about the romance It was cute It was fine Can I be honest and say there should ve beenangst This should be full of tension, and somehow it wasn t Aside from her, however, I liked but didn t love the rest I did like Zhou s squad dynamic and several of those side characters Iris and Lingyi are a cute side couple and a great addition to the batch, and Arun, Dr Nataraj s son, was a sweet nerdy character Unfortunately, I was not a big fan of Lingyi s ex Victor He was literally just there to be angsty over the fact that his ex was dating someone else Should I care I don t CONCLUSION fine, but I expected This wasn t by any means a bad book it was just aggressively not for me If you re a fan of action books, this one is fine I just wanted , I guess Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube

  9. mith mith says:

    you can find this review and others over on my blog This is the type of dystopian that we needof There s no overthrowing a government There s no chosen one There s no faction It s a very real, very plausible, and a very fun book, if I do say so myself Which, I admit, is a very strange thing to say about a book where our future looks bleak and rather gross, but combined with the characters and the action yeah, this book is definitely fun.There s so much going on in this novel At it you can find this review and others over on my blog This is the type of dystopian that we needof There s no overthrowing a government There s no chosen one There s no faction It s a very real, very plausible, and a very fun book, if I do say so myself Which, I admit, is a very strange thing to say about a book where our future looks bleak and rather gross, but combined with the characters and the action yeah, this book is definitely fun.There s so much going on in this novel At its heart, this book is about fixing the HUGE environmental issue in a futuristic Taipei It has come to a point where many people, mostly the upper class, have to wear protective and expensive suits to keep from breathing in the toxic air that hangs above them like a persistent cloud Those who can t afford the suits are destined to live a short, sickly life The government refuses to pass a law that would help the environment and the man behind the expensive suits is part of that reason.So enter Jason Zhou and his ragtag group of friends, who aren t really ragtag They re AMAZING, diverse, unique, and so full of life They re dedicated to each other and their cause and they ll see it to its end I loved their tenacity and,importantly, their camaraderie It s so easy putting friends in a book but to truly showcase that sort of bond It s difficult but Cindy Pon does it so well There are parts where they aren t there because of REASONS which I ll briefly mention but when they are, it felt amazing reading about them.Okay so another thing about the book It s a HEIST book, sort of The mission Take down the big boss man Which is easier said than done The plan has a LOT at stake and from the very get go, you re thrown into a kidnapping That s right Never say I didn t warn you this book is wild.Anyway, later on, it s up to Zhou to infiltrate the upper class, also known as the you pronounced yo , and get close to the boss daughter, Daiyu, so he can have access to the main building It s risky and Daiyu isn t the type of person who trusts easily, so Zhou definitely had his work cut out for him.Can I just say that I LOVED Daiyu She was such an amazing and complex character There were so many layers to her and it was amazing to see Zhou and her interact with one another It s clear she s not what she seems and it just makes her all theintriguing She s smart, open minded, genuine, caring everything Zhou didn t expect from a you girl I m pretty sure that I m 98% in love with her.Jason himself was an interesting main character He, too, was complex, and he really grows throughout the novel He s also set in his ways, sort of, and his stubbornness is apparent throughout the novel And I admired that For the mission he had to undergo, that kind of attitude was definitely necessary at times It was also great to see him develop and change because of the mission and Pon did a wonderful job with that It felt genuine and it shows just what a great writer she is.Umm, what else is there The romance Don t think I ve forgotten this I don t want to say too much because the romance was so sweet And somewhat of a slow burn, too There s a lot of back and forth between the two, a smart, dangerous sort of attraction between them It was done AMAZINGLY and I loved it I never felt that the romance became too much or that it tried to overtake the plot, Jason, or the mission It was perfectly balanced and well written It was definitely one of the many things I adored about this novel So Overall, this was a BRILLIANT sci fi novel Even if you think that sci fi isn t your thing, I truly urge you to check this novel out It s different and fresh and fun and has great writing with an amazing diverse cast I can t wait for the sequel 4.5 stars What a fabulous story

  10. Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms) Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms) says:

    Boricuan Bookworms Book Reviews Mei without pronounced may You to have pronounced yo Want is set in a near future Taipei, where pollution is extreme, and big corporations contaminate for profit Cindy Pon s world building is excellent and incredibly immersive It s easy to believe that this is what our world can become in 70 or 80 years time We can see that this is direct criticism to today s society a societyconcerned with profit than environmental collapse.I m never a big fa Boricuan Bookworms Book Reviews Mei without pronounced may You to have pronounced yo Want is set in a near future Taipei, where pollution is extreme, and big corporations contaminate for profit Cindy Pon s world building is excellent and incredibly immersive It s easy to believe that this is what our world can become in 70 or 80 years time We can see that this is direct criticism to today s society a societyconcerned with profit than environmental collapse.I m never a big fan of sci fi worlds, because they often seem too complex and unbelievable for me to immerse myself in However, in Want, there s a seamless bridge between the present and this near future Cindy writes, each new concept or contraption explained without being overly simplified.Our narrator is Jason Zhou, a hardened mei boy from the streets who has a particular love for butterfly knives Zhou is loyal and determined, smart and cunning He does whatever is needed for the mission, which was very admirable to me I thought of him as a Slytherin, putting his goals above everything else I loved that about him Something else that s amazing about Zhou He s a bookwormcheers Through Zhou s mission we meet Daiyu, sole heiress to Jin Corp, the corrupt corporation that Zhou and the gang are trying to take down With Daiyu we see that things aren t actually black and white that having the opulent lifestyle of a you doesn t necessarily mean heartlessness and ignorance Pon s writing is so nuanced in the way it explores the different types of privilege in that society, never making it seem heavy handed or insincere My favorite aspect of this book by far was the group dynamics Zhou isn t a lone wolf, in fact he s not even the leader of the group Zhou, along with his friends, Lingyi, Arun, Victor, and Iris, all use their different skills and work together to take down Jin Corp They re all a tight knit family, relying on each other when the rest of the world has forgotten about them I loved that each member of the group had a deeply developed storyline which made me love each and every one of them My favorites are Lingyi, Iris, and Victor The diversity here is wonderful, and it s obvious that there was never any tokenization involved Zhou and Daiyu are Taiwanese, Lingyi is Chinese and bi pan, Iris is Asian born ethnicity unknown , Victor is filipino, and Arun is Indian Lingyi and Iris are in a SUPER ADORABLE relationship, one that I actually shippedthan the main couple oops.The only reason I knocked a star off my rating was because of the pacing I loved the constant pace the book was setting, where each twist and turn was leading up to something big However, when the something big happens, the pacing suddenly speeds up so much that it felt like there was no time to process everything that was happeningDespite that slight issue, I still highly enjoyed this book and the way it was written After reading Want I was left emotionally compromised and wanting to know what happened next I immediately placed a hold on the rest of Cindy s books because I couldn t get enough of her writing This is honestly one of my favorite books of the year, and I highly recommend itWe had wanted to change the world This was only the beginningIf you enjoy teens teaming up to destroy evil corporations, a bookworm boy who plays with knives, incredible group dynamics, and intricate world building, Want is the book for you Don t let it pass you by.MyReview.Meet the Characters of the Book, here

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