16 June, 2017

{ARC Review} Want by Cindy Pon

Want by Cindy Pon
Want, book 1
Published June 13, 2017 by Simon Pulse
e-ARC provided by Edelweiss
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 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?

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My Review

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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 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, more 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 the more intriguing. 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 stars!

2 comments:

  1. I JUST got this from the library! Cannot wait to dive in!
    @TeacherofYA

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