Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 10: Want, by Cindy Pon

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

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As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

Cindy Pon
Hardcover,  336 pages
Simon Pulse 
June 13, 2017 
Diverse Reads, Dystopian Fiction, 
Science Fiction, Thriller,  
Young Adult Fiction

From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting 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?

Why I can't wait for this one!

This novel certainly has some pretty breathtaking and highly fascinating elements! I love the combination! It has it all -- a great extrapolation from our current environmental and economic concerns, political and class intrigue, and even romance!! Another huge plus is that it's a male protagonist who finds himself torn between love and duty. It's about time we saw this conflict in a guy's life portrayed in YA fiction! And, since it's also SF, I just NEED to get this book!!! (P.S. -- The author is an Ursula K. LeGuin fan....'nuff said!)

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), 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. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011. Serpentine and Sacrifice, her second duology novels,were published in 2015 and 2016 by Month9books. Want, a near-future thriller set in Taipei releases June 13th, 2017 (Simon Pulse). 

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.


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  1. This isn't my kind of book (I'm not into sci-fi) but I REALLY hope you love it! If you love all those elements, I'm sure you'll enjoy it :) And I do love the idea of focusing on conflict in a guy's life - we need more of that in YA.
    Hope you LOVE it, Maria! <3 <3 :) *HUGS*
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    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Hi, Amy!

      Oh, I ADORE SF!! I want to read more of it, too! Yes, this book has several elements that I am very much interested in, so I KNOW I'll love it!

      I'm glad you agree that seeing the conflict between love and duty in a guy's life is a refreshing change of pace, especially in YA fiction.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment!! HUGS BACK!!! <3 <3 :) :)

  2. Wow that cover sure catches one's attention. I've been trying to read some sci-fi here and there this year and I'll admit, this one might just fit the bill. Great feature. My choice this week is horror which I know you don't enjoy but Cassius gets to come back after his long absence and he wanted to pick a book with a bird on the cover.

    1. Hi, Barb!

      Yeah, it SURE does! I think it's an image of a young man wearing an astronaut helmet, but then again, I'm not completely sure. It IS a great cover, though!

      I want to read more SF myself, especially since it's one of my favorite genres, whether adult or YA.

      Oh, I'm SO glad that Cassius is now back! I know he's being a good boy, now, right? How cute that he wanted to pick a cover with a bird on it!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a great comment!! <3 <3 :) :)

  3. I really don't like the cover for this book, but the synopsis sounds awesome, so I'm also excited to give it a read :) I hope we both enjoy it :D Fabulous pick!

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Hi, Brittany!

      You know whaat? The cover is the first thing that got me interested in this book. Lol. Everyone's taste in covers is different. But yes, the plot is indeed AMAZING! I'm glad the cover hasn't stopped you from wanting to read the book! Hope you enjoy it, too!!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such an interesting comment!! <3 <3 :) :)

  4. Love the cover and your pick sounds really good ~ hope you enjoy it a lot!

    My CWW

    1. Hi, Renee! Oh, I KNOW I'll enjoy it! Thanks for dropping by! :)

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    1. Hi, Ronyell! It sure does!! Thanks for dropping by!! :)

  6. This sounds awesome! I love the sound of all those elements coming together. Hope you enjoy when you get your hands on it.

    1. Hi, there!

      It SURE does!! Glad you agree with me about the combination of elements in this book! Sounds exciting! I know I'll REALLY enjoy this one!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! <3 :)

  7. Yeah the guy perspective is interesting, and I love that it's set in a near future Taipei. Yay for some new settings!

    1. Hi, Greg!

      I think it's about time something like this showed up in YA fiction -- and in adult fiction, too, for that matter! (Although I haven't any such books so far)!

      The setting is AWESOME!! We do need some new settings in fiction, especially in YA!!

      Thanks for the great comment!! <3 :)

  8. I'm really digging sci-fi right now so I definitely need to add this to my TBR!

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

    1. Hi, Stacy!

      YAAAAAY for SF!!! So glad you're digging it, too!! Yes, you do need to add this one to your TBR!! Hope you enjoy it!!

      Thanks for commenting!! :)

  9. This book is new to me, but it sounds really interesting. I hope you enjoy reading it, Maria.
    My WoW

    1. Hi, Sandra!

      It sure does sound interesting! I know I'll enjoy it! Hope you decide to try it out, too!!

      Thanks for commenting!! <3 :)


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