Book review: Want, by Cindy Pon

Pon, Cindy. Want. Simon Pulse, 2017. $19.99. ISBN: 978-1481489225. 336p. Gr.9-12. P7 Q6

I liked this book. I has a fantastic futuristic sci-fi story line that stars flawed characters who are easy to relate to.  It’s dystopian, set in a very corrupt, polluted Taipei (which gives the setting more interest to Asiaphiles like me). The plot is fast-paced, but at times too predictable: young man takes on the evil megaconglomerate that has destroyed his society, falls in love with the CEO’s daughter, but somehow perseveres. One thread that runs through this is that we are responsible for this bleak future, because we fail to tame our greed.  What really holds this book together and makes it a pleasure to read are the rich characters and detailed settings.

May 2018 review by NHS student.

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