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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  3,644 ratings  ·  909 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 Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
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! ...more
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
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
✨    jamieson   ✨
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
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.

Cam (justabookeater)
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
Elle (ellexamines)
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: action movie fans looking for diversity
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 you'll enjoy this more if you'r
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
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
sil ♡ 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
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

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.
Wren (fablesandwren)
So I have mixed feelings about this. I didn’t really like the narrator that much, so it might have affected the way I felt about the book as a whole.

So the whole aspect of the book with pollution in the air was unique and kind of scary to think that it could possibly be a future for us here on Earth. Those who are rich enough have suits that filter their air and those who are poor breath the polluted air and die young because of it.

So that’s the whole idea of the book. A bunch of poor kids want
Mar 05, 2017 added it
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? ...more
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
So this is why a lot of people can’t stand the YA genre anymore?! Finally I understand.

But let’s start at the beginning. What is it all about?

In the near future pollution has gotten so bad that most people in the big cities don’t get much older than forty. But that’s only true for the meis, the have-nots. Though in this case that includes the middle class as well. Because only the very rich, the yous, are capable of buying themselves high-tech suits that protect them from the consequences of pol
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
3.5 stars

This started as about a 3 star or so for me, but it ramped up and finished strong and I did love the ending.

I loved the Taipei setting, which felt very unique and different, and the completely non-white cast of characters. Pon has a very tight and clean style of writing, but at the same time is also quite visual, and this lent itself well to the story she told.

This didn't feel like a "message book" despite its clear social justice roots, and the cause motivating the main character and
Rosanna Threakall
My first ever sci-fi book (HA) and I LOVED it.

One of the best books of books of all time.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

CW: Kidnapping, death, pandemic disease, corruption, explosion

Want absolutely blew me away!! It was recommended to me by multiple friends but I tried to keep my expectations at a reasonnable level and for some reason, always pushed off reading it in favour of other books. I don't know if it was because I was intimidated by my expectations or just because I wasn't in the mood for it but what gave me the final push to pick it up see
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 17, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 stars

I really enjoyed myself with this book! I LOVED that it all took place in future Taiwan and the whole heist-type plot line and even concept of the book, but something about the story just didn’t push it over the edge to AWESOME for me.
I think part of it was the lack of development of a villain. Jin Corp is the main “villain” throughout and you hear about all the awful things they’re doing and how it’s blamed on the founder but you only meet him once, really. So he barely felt real.
I a
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, sci-fi
I loved this corporate infiltration story with secret identities, spy maneuvers and #squadgoals. The futuristic Taipei setting brings to life a vibrant city scene filled with technology, Chinese food and class struggles. Reading this book filled with wonderful Chinese characters made me so happy, there was something so familiar about it. Absolutely loved it!

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Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Buy it buy it buy it.
4.5 stars

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

This was great honestly.
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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.
Bookteafull (Danny)
“Books weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.”

I don't know about all books, but definitely this one.
Paper was 100% wasted on this one.


Let me just reiterate now that just because a story has diverse/POC characters in it, that doesn't necessarily mean it's a good book.

And this book wasn't exceptional in the slightest, unless you mean exceptionally basic.

Book summary in a few sentences:
~ Evil and rich corporation is releasing airborne pathogens to infect poor citizens and encou
Want is one of the best YA dystopians ever published.
I tend not to like dystopians. Some of them don't work because they're thinly-disguised romances in which the "dystopian" part doesn't make any sense, and most of them aren't that interesting to read because the setting is always a terribly bland future version of the USA.

Not in this book, and I don't mean that just because it's set in Taipei. Want is a story that portrays hope in a ruined world not only through the plot, but also through the
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cindy Pon imagines a harrowing future for a Taiwan so polluted that those who can afford them (you) wear high-tech protective suits and helmets whenever they are outdoors. The lower classes (mei) struggle unprotected and live short, desperate, nasty lives in a world ruled by oligarchs.
Enter Zhou, a mei boy who is part of a movement to improve air and water quality. When their advisor and mentor is murdered, they launch a desperate plan to attack the most egregious corporate polluter. Zhou kidna
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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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