Author: Cindy Pon
Series: Want #1
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Dystopian, Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: June 13th, 2017
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?
"The rich are too rich, the poor are too poor, and the middle class are only poor people wearing bigger houses driving better cars."
I feel like the dystopian genre was pretty popular a few years ago but ever since I wasn't really interested in the genre, BUT I have to say this was freaking awesome, guys. I didn't know what to expect when I decided to buy the book, even though there were very positive reviews on Goodreads and other social medias, but still. And HOLY GUACAMOLE. HOLY. GUACAMOLE. I'm totally in love with that story.
Despite being a fictional future world, I couldn't help but compare with the social situation we nowadays live in. I feel like even though of course it's fiction and it's a dystopian future, it's really similar to what it's happening in the world today, but maybe not 'til that extreme. That's the great thing about books, right? Anyways, I really loved the critique the novel made, and of course, reading about a different place I know almost nothing about was really cool too.
"But I understood her hesitation, the instinct for self-sufficiency for the sake of survival. Loving someone was risky. Loving someone left all your weakness exposed."
Let me start by saying THAT I ADORE JASON ZHOU and that he has become one of my favourite main characters this year. He was incredibly smart and loyal. I loved the way he thought about the world, the society and basically how he did the everything for the greater good despite not being the best for him.
There is, of course, a great diversity in the cast of characters, which was pretty obvious once you read the synopsis (it's set in Taipei) or take a look at the cover, but what I didn't expect were LGBTQ+ characters, which was incredible. I adored them all. They were so easy to like and despite almost none of them had a family, you could see how much they loved and cared about each other.
It was a bit more focused on the romance that I would have wanted to, but it's not something I minded a lot. And you know how much I like my love/hate romances, so I couldn't really complain.
"We are integrated. We're one. You cannot survive if the ecosystem is dying around you. You cannot hide the effects of global warming. It's bad now. I urge that we don't continue to make it worse locally. It is not too late to change our ways, to alter our course."
And of course there was that impossible heist going on (rings a bell? Yeah, Six Of Crows). I have to say I've never read many books where a group of misfits have to acomplish something hardly possible, but I enjoy those type of books incredibly much. They are so much fun and really fast paced. I get so engrosed by the story and characters that it takes me nothing to finish. And this one was no different.
Overall I really adore the world, setting and characters and it's such a great story that has a great important message everyone should know about. I'm really excited for the next book to come out!
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