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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  740 ratings  ·  169 reviews
In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the “positively chilling” sci-fi thriller Want.

Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood.
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Simon Pulse
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✨    jami   ✨
CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
My full review can be found in my blog, The Quiet Pond.

I loved this sequel so so much, and I'm so sad that this duology is now over.
I'm going to miss my revolutionary bb's so much.

- Follows the gang several months after the events of Want, as they grapple with the consequences of what happened and the sacrifices that they made.
- There are three POVs in this book: Lingyi, the genius hacker of the group, who is called in by a childhood friend who may be in danger from Jin who has escaped to Chin
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Edit (August 2019): lowering the rating to 2.5, since I realized that it's been a few months and I don't remember one scene from this book.

I didn't love Ruse as much as I loved Want. I do think it is a solid sequel, and worth reading if you liked the first book, but the combination of my expectations and this book just not being as compelling and well-paced as the first one was led me to enjoy it less.

Let's talk about expectations: I believed Lingyi would be the main narrator of this book. She's
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This was good! Nowhere near WANT level of good but STILL GOOD! I feel like eventhough the stakes *are* high here, the urgency of it wasn't conveyed as well as in the first book but I still adore the characters, the themes and the found family aspect. I would also die for Lingyi and Iris, they're so cute and soft together *cries*.
One thing I was slightly bummed about it that this was pictched to be from Lingyi's POV but it...wasn't? Zhao still narrated most of the story i
Jes Reads
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rep
DNF at page 128

This is the most confusing review I think I'll ever write honestly. To kick start all of this let me say that Want is one of my favorite books of all time. I thought that this would be an easy 5 star review once again. But, well, here we are.

I will applaud Cindy for expanding on the story by switching perspectives from Jason to a dual perspective with Lingyi. Lingyi is a queer character and on top of the own voices Asian representation I thought I would love her. I got a lot of th
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-voices, arc, read-2019
4 stars

I feel so fulfilled(view spoiler)

Ruse feels like a natural progression for the events that happened in Want. I ended up reading this in 2 sittings, which goes to show that Ruse has a similar inhale-read quality to it that Want had. The other members of the squad (Arun, Iris, Lingyi) get more moments to shine here than they did previously
Cori Reed
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Jessica Moore
Jun 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great ending to a fantastic duology. I could see myself re-reading this one day.
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.5
Vicky Again
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I loved reading Want so much in 2017 during the December “one read a day” promo on Riveted Lit, that I went out and ordered my own copy of Want a few weeks later!

And now, I am so so so happy to have been able to read the glorious book that is the sequel Ruse and it was just as amazing as Want.

The concept is no less exciting and Ruse is still filled with all the heists and big corporation takedowns that I loved reading in Want–but this time with even spicier dynamics!

It was so fantasti
Yna the Mood Reader
"Our world is not an easy world to live in right now." [...] "But I found kindness, too... and friends. [...] I found family."
📚 Series? Yes.
📚 Genre? YA SciFi
📚 Read for? Armydathon + Stan Asian Authors
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Murder. Descriptions of injuries + blood. Gun violence. Pandemic-ish setting similar to COVID-19.
⚠ Book Tags :  Found family. LGBT Rep > F/F Side Couple.


Want is a new favorite mine, having read it a few m
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
No spoilers in this rapid review of Ruse. I liked it and give it 3.5 stars. It’s easy to tell this isn’t Pon’s first series because of how efficient a storyteller she is. Her prose is crisp and effective, and the entire plot of Ruse is action-packed. Seriously, there’s never a dull moment.

At the end of Want, the first book in this series, I wondered whether there was much story left to tell. It could’ve been a standalone with how well the protagonists accomplished their goal and how completely t
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I fell immediately in love with Ruse for the exact same reasons I loved Want, and more. There was the same razor sharp look at climate change. Like with Want, Ruse goes beyond what what I associate with a dystopia, bringing a clarity to the injustice, a life to the culture, and a very keen look at resistance. It can feel like the world is against us. Like the rules, the system, an
『 jaelyn ♛』

i honestly fell in love with this book. this was such !!! a good !!! follow up to Want
and tbh if imma be honest i liked this even better ?? wow.

ruse was such a BIG book for being only 297 pages. a lot of shit happens and tbh im all here for it. these characters developed so so nicely, the action was bomb, the relationships and dynamics were amazing (found family!!) and everything about it was goooood.

the only bad thing is that its not 400 pages, which i felt it could of easily

Kal ★ Reader Voracious
1. Want ★★★★
Well, I devoured this in just over three hours. As a story on its own, I enjoyed Ruse more than Want; however, the duology as a whole left some questions unanswered from the first book.
"Clean air is a luxury."
Ruse is fast-paced and full of action. If you enjoyed the heist elements of Want, you won't be disappointed! I like how it tackles issues of privacy a bit as well as corporate espionage in addition to the social and political themes explored in the prior book.
"Our streng
belle ☆ミ (thisbellereadstoo)
check out my full thoughts on my blog~


Arriving in Shanghai, Lingyi met up with her childhood friend, Jany, who called her for help. Realizing that her tech is in danger of being stolen by Jin, Jany requested Lingyi to encrypt the important data somewhere safe. When Jany ended up dead, Lingyi’s the only one who has the key to everything. Embroiled into Jin’s world once again, the group of friends decided the best way to settle some scores and to bring Jin down once and for all.

Ruse mainly f
I was nervous delving into Ruse soon after Want. I had build up high expectations around it. And y'all. It had live up and more.

Ruse is action-packed both romantically (if y'all know what I mean *chuckles*), politically, and fighting scenes-wise. Richer tone of the futuristic world not only of Taiwan but of also Shanghai. It was great! I feel like I grew a lot more accustomed of the living environment presently with the pandemic and the world of Ruse. Legit all the vibes the duopoly gave me was
Jun 08, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-publication
Isabella Steele
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
So good, except for my forgetting what happened in Want.
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I loved this as much as I did the first book! In Ruse, we follow Jason Zhou, Daiyu and the gang as they go after the Jin Corp after the events of the first book. We hit the ground running as we learn about Jin's movements in Shanghai and how he continues to make money by ripping off families.

I love this series because there's a lot of layering, especially when Daiyu is involved. The gang are still struggling to trust her and a lot of their plan depends on her involvement, which offers an intere
Kai the Gemini
This picks up after WANT. Initially I was excited because I thought this would be entirely in Lingyi's perspective. It is not. Most of the book is Zhao's again and that is why I dinged a star, since I find YA badboys slightly overdone.

Environmental dystopia takes you to Shanghai for this book, where Jin is recovering from book one and expanding his empire. The gang is broken up. I really enjoy a peek into the wider world that Pon has written, leaving the setting of Taiwan from before. This serie
Lauren Stoolfire
Ruse (Want #2) by Cindy Pon is a solid wrap up to this YA sci-fi dystopia duology, but never never quite hooked me as much as Want. If you enjoyed what was set up in that first installment from the world to the characters, you'll definitely want to come back to see how it all ends here. It's a good read, but it didn't manage to impress me as much as the first. The message isn't quite as hard hitting and the stakes aren't quite as high either. Plus, I really wish Lingyi had more perspective chapt ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars

A solid af sequel with tons of action and social commentary in spades 👌🏼
Laura (bbliophile)
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I should've known better than to fall in love with a boy who plays with knives."

HOLY SHIT THIS WAS SO GOOD! The plot was incredible, I loved the narration of the audiobook, and I adore every single one of the characters. But I do think my favorite parts were 1) every time Daiyu called Iris "my heart" (I LOVE a sapphic power couple), 2) the fact that one of the mc's talked about going to therapy after the main events because YES therapy is so, so important. Especially if you've gone through suc
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Can't believe I finished this in one sitting considering my reading struggles lately.

Now if that could transfer over to other books, lmao.
Jo Ladzinski
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Listened to the audiobook

Content warnings: gunshots, murder, knives

These books are such delightfully quick reads. Action-packed, multi-faceted, with a great group cast and corporate intrigue unraveled by brilliant teen rebels.

If you enjoyed Want, Ruse provides more of the same, with tight pacing, an intricate near-future but still cyberpunk-y setting, and a hopeful ending that leaves the reader like the kids will truly be all right, leaving the world a better place than the one they entered.

DNF @ 30%

I know exactly what went wrong here. The same thing happened when I tried to read The Brink of Darkness on NetGalley a year after the first one came out... except it's been two years since I read Want. Something about the combination of not reading a physical copy, and not caring about the world or characters anymore just makes a terrible mix.

I honestly feel bad about not finishing this, but I just don't have the time to be reading books I'm not enjoying.

However, if you just read Want,
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the bombing of the Jin Corp Headquarters Jason, Daiyu, and the others are still trying to recover. Daiyu’s father, the head of Jin Corp, is out for revenge and will stop at nothing to acquire Jany’s new air filtering technology. When Jany is murdered and the tech is stolen, Jason must fly to China to help Iris and Lingyi. Can they trust Daiyu or is she on her father’s side? This action-packed sequel will keep readers on the edge of their seat. The suspense builds throughout and doesn’t wan ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
3.3 stars

i don't think i mention this in my review of Want, but i actually really enjoyed the settings of taipei and shanghai. most of the ya books i've read have been set in america, so it's refreshing to see something different. i didn't fall in love with Want, but the series has definitely grown on me now. Ruse is a solid sequel, though it doesn't bring much new to the table. i've decided my favorite character is daiyu because she's sweet and smart and can i be her? overall, i had fun with t
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I've missed this world and these characters so much, especially Jason. I feel like this series will fill your need for a fast-paced, fun and entertaining Sci-fi story. The world which this book is set it continues to be one of the coolest places I've read about. I felt that the pacing of the story was kind of weird, as it was setting up the whole story for 80% of the book but then the ending just felt so rushed and convenient.
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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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