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Want (Want #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  655 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Simon Pulse
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Cindy hi! thanks for asking. yes! there is a sequel to WANT titled RUSE which will be released spring 2019 by Simon Pulse! :D

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Cait • A Page with a View
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, 2017-arcs
You know how some books just read like a movie that you can see so clearly in your head? This NEEDS to be made into a movie. (And that doesn't mean this book isn't complete on its own in any way - just that it was that intense). It kind of felt like a futuristic dystopian heist story, yet was technically none of those things at the same time.

"I knew that the Taiwanese people's will was strong - that we endured. But we needed at least a fighting chance."

The story's set in an alternate near-futu
CW (Read Think Ponder)
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 need more books that tackle social and political issues, and books that offer critique of our own society. It is important, now more than ever, that we read books like Pon's Want. We need books that not only examine such issues, but ...more
Ben Alderson
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.

✨    jamieson   ✨
Amazing!! Basically six of crows but set in futuristic Taiwan. Loved the characters, and the last 100 pages were SO GOOOD. I loved this so much can't wait for the sequel. STOP SLEEPING ON THIS BOOK. Also that cover is 👌🏻👌🏻 review to come
Cam (abookeater)
A copy was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Its 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
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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 society more concerned with profit than environmental collapse.

I’m never a big fa
you can find this review and others over on my blog!
This is the type of dystopian that we need more of! 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
Maria (Big City Bookworm)

Want has been on my most anticipated list since I heard about earlier this year and I’m so happy that I managed to find the time to read it! I find it really hard to find science fiction stories that are the right for me. I love sci-fi, but I think I prefer watching it in the form of television and film rather than reading it. However, when I find one that I know I would absolutely love reading, I’ve hit the jackpot! Want was one of those stories for me!


What I Liked

The setting. Not only was it
Eric Smith
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
This book was everything I WANTed it to be. Seriously.

Full review soon, but my goodness. Get this book.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
My very first book by Cindy Pon and Want is definitely one to look out for. You should all add it to your TBR. It's a SFF YA about a young Taiwanese boy named Zhou and his band of friends/misfits create this plan to take down this big bad guy and in order to do so Zhou needs to infiltrate this society he hates so much and befriend the daughter of the bad guy.

It's such an interesting theme and I love love the plot + storyline so very much. Cindy's writing, I believe, is my kind of writing. I thi
Elise (thebookishactress on wordpress)
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: action movie fans looking for diversity
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. 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 bit more? This didn't do much beyond entertain me. It was fine. I think I might've even liked this more if not for the hype.

¥ | PLOT —> cliche but entertaining

Sometimes I read books that feel like action movies. And that's fine. Those are perfectly entertaining, if not necessarily the most meaningful. Maybe yo
Cindy Pon's novels always make me hungry, both for the food and for sequels. This story is fast-paced, but not so much that its futuristic Taipei setting is sacrificed. I was fully immersed in the setting, and loved feeling as if this story couldn't have taken place anywhere else. I need more of this crafty crew. Sequel or companion novel pretty please?
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My first ever sci-fi book (HA) and I LOVED it.

One of the best books of books of all time.
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***5+++++ STARS***

This novel immediately made it to my all-time favorite list. It is, no doubt, one of the best Sci-Fi novels I’ve ever read. The world-building, the characters and the overall plot was so well-done, It felt like a movie. It needs to be a movie.

Want is set in near-futuristic Taipei where the world is heavily polluted. The sky is no longer blue, the air so infested you could barely see the sky at all. Taking this into advantage, Jin Corp manufactures protective suits and sells the
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-releases
Want by Cindy Pon is exceptional action-packed and fast-paced story about a group of teens who are fighting for clean air and healthier environment against a huge powerful corporation which polluted the city and causes innumerable damage.
The book is so so good! If you were following my updates on goodreads, you saw me screaming how awesome the book is and I'm pleased to say that THE BOOK IS AMAZING FROM PAGE ONE TO THE LAST PAGE!

What I loved about Want:

The Setting
The story takes place in futuris
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Buy it buy it buy it.
Eri (Airy Reads)
4.5 stars

Dystopian Sci-fi I can root for: brilliant and grounded in reality.

This was great honestly.
Find my review on One Way Or An Author!

When I read the last page of this book, I was practically stunned and basically laid on my bed, contemplating it for a solid 10 minutes before opening this review. Probably THE Young Adult Science Fiction read of the year, Want left me just wanting more. More of the immersive and vivid futuristic Taiwan setting, more of the diverse band of misfits who come together to fight against the system, more of the forbidden love romance that is as light as it is dec
What exactly is everyone seeing here that Im not? This cover is plain ugly IMO.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Want is an absolutely stunning novel. Cindy Pon has crafted a world that is completely unique and unlike anything I have ever read before. This future-esque reimagining of Taiwan, in which the air pollution takes a terrible toll on the people of its city, is creative and hard-hitting, and does not stray far from environmental issues that affect us everyday. This is the first novel I have read by Cindy Pon and I have absolutely no idea why I didn't pick up her books sooner. I have followed Cindy ...more
Aimal (Bookshelves & Paperbacks)
You can find my full review on Bokoshelves & Paperbacks.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Zhou lives in a futuristic Taipei that’s divided on class lines and polluted beyond belief. The you are the elites who run businesses and large corporations, and continue to grow richer; while they have suits to protect them from their polluted surroundings, the mei – the lower, poorer classes – have a high mortality rate, and barely live past the age of forty. Zhou an
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
We want and are left wanting.

A chaotic good, reverse six of crows with an all Asian cast.

And by chaotic good and reverse and I mean that this group of kids just want their city to stop being polluted and safe for everyone, not just the rich people with special suits.
Jason Zhou is the one tasked to infiltrate the upper class and steal information, to destroy the company that creates the suits and that at the same time allows the pollution to continue. But in the way he meets Daiyu, who is everyt
Sep 13, 2017 is currently reading it
Is this not the ugliest cover you have ever seen?
Jen Ryland
Want features a vivid, futuristic Taipei setting, a Scooby gang, and a romance. All in all, an excellent combination. I thought the setting was particularly well done - the story takes place in a polluted, socially-stratified Taipei. Pollution is so severe and disease so rampant that the elites (or yous) wear special suits that filter the air. The masses (or meis) are left to fend for themselves.

Zhou is an orphan who, along with his band of friends, is trying to do something about the situation
Lauren Stoolfire
Want by Cindy Pon is a diverse #OwnVoices YA sci-fi novel with an awesome cast and visually vivid world building for a near-future Taipei which is heavily polluted, economically and socially divided, and a totally corrupt dystopia. I've read a lot of YA dystopia and sometimes the genre can wear a bit thin, but Want has easily been my favorite dystopia of 2017. It has just about everything you could want in a story from heists, murder, explosions, kidnapping, hacking, rock climbing, gadgets and t ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: releases-2017
Yes!! Amazing!! 5/5 a true masterpiece!! My lil discoursing heart is very satisfied 😌
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We are all creatures of this earth, of this shared ecosystem.

Welcome to near-future Taipei, the world divided between yous (the ones who have) and meis (the ones who don't). The world, in which the air is so polluted and filled with viruses, the sky is no longer blue and people who can't afford luxurious and incredibly expensive suits designed and sold exclusively by a dirty international corporation based in Taipei.

This was what it meant to be a you, to have. To be genetically cultivated as a
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think 2017 has officially made me a sci-fi fan. I never thought it was my cup of tea, but WANT is the latest in a string of YA sci-fi that has changed my mind. Jason Zhou is my new book boyfriend, and other favorites include Lingyi, his friend and the group's heist mastermind, and Daiyu, his glamorous and secretive love interest. But even with the action-packed plot, it's obvious how much the author loves her setting. WANT is not only a thriller, but also a love letter to Taiwan. Highly recomm ...more
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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 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent duology Serpentine and Sacrifice (Month9Books) were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from Kirkus an ...more
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