5 Reasons Why You Should Be Adding WANT To Your TBR



Genre: Sci-fi, Dystopian, YA

Rating: 4 STARS

Series: Want #1

Release Date: June 13


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?


I will say, I didn’t even really have this book on my radar until I was so intrigued by the cover, I caved and decided to add it to my TBR, then went ahead and requested it. I’m so glad I was accepted for this one because I can only say that I freaking loved it.

1. The romance was amazing. So, we have this angst-y, forbidden, sexually tense romance between Daiyu and Zhou, and before you roll your eyes and groan, this romance was incredibly done well. There was absolutely no insta-love (in fact, they never say they love each other AT ALL. What is this sorcery?), and it’s all wonderful slow-burn and sexual tension. And when they finally get together, it’s like magic. I’m usually not one to get heart eyes over a ship where the both of them are on different sides of the track, but I loved it.

(Sidenote, I also ship Lingyi and Iris SO HARD. I would not be against a book entirely dedicated to the two of them being cute. Just saying.)

2. The characters were amazing. First of all, this book had a gang at a center of it, and I’m a sucker for any sort of gang or squad – think the Dregs from Six of Crows or the Night Court from the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series – so I was into it. But I absolutely loved all the individual characters and what they brought to the table!

We have Zhou, our wonderful main character who decides to act as the spy, Victor, who is sleek and sauve and hilarious, Arun, who is the scientist, Lingyi, who is the hacker, and Iris, who reminds me so much of Black Widow, and I love her, so it was great. And Daiyu, who isn’t part of the gang but is Zhou’s love interest who is strong and smart and stands on her own. I’m loving this rise of smart girls over ones who can kick ass 24/7 (even though I love those as well). I WANT THEM ALL TO BE MY FRIENDS. I just loved the interactions and relationship between Zhou and the gang, especially near the end.

3. It had great world-building. First off, this book took place in Taiwan, which I’ve never really seen as a setting before, so it was really awesome to have a book take place somewhere different and diverse. I also thought that a world that’s falling apart because of pollution and global warming was pretty much right on the nose considering the fact that Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement a couple of weeks ago, so it was interesting to see a sci-fi future like this.

4. It was a perfect sci-fi novel. I’ve definitely become more obsessed with sci-fi over the last year, but I haven’t read enough it, and I’m SO glad I had the opportunity to read this one. This one was more of a cross between dystopian and speculative sci-fi (which is my favorite type of sci-fi), and did a fantastic job of holding up a mirror to things such as privilege, class, and taking care of the environment. It was just done SO WELL, and I applaud Pon for it.

5. Basically, it was amazing. If I had to describe this book in any way, it’d be Six of Crows meets Red RisingSix of Crows because of the characters and the aspect of them being in a group and Red Rising because of the whole “lower class goes undercover in the upper class” ruse, which I totally love. So, it was two of my favorite series in one, and I couldn’t be happier. Not to mention that even though this had long chapters, the pacing was still perfect and kept me addicted. AND I WANT MORE. I saw on Goodreads that this might have a sequel, which I’m eternally thankful for. I NEED ONE.

Basically, you will not regret adding this book to your TBR. It’s definitely worth it, and I highly recommend it, obviously.

A huge thanks to Simon and Schuster for giving me an e-ARC of this book, especially since I enjoyed it so much!

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25 thoughts on “5 Reasons Why You Should Be Adding WANT To Your TBR

  1. Agh, I saw this on another blog sometime ago, and I NEED Want. (Pun intended.) Look at all the diversity amirite??? Plus I want to read more sci-fi so this will be a good one. I’m glad to know that you enjoyed this so much! The characters seem so amazing (SHIP! SHIP! I LOVE SHIPS!) and so does the world! I really enjoyed this post. πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, lost opportunity to make a pun in the title! πŸ˜‚ Yes, it’s a very diverse, wonderful sci-fi! ❀ Yes, the characters and the romance were A+; everything was brilliant! I’m glad you did! πŸ˜„

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    • Yeah, I hope you enjoy! πŸ˜„ I feel that! I’ve been reading way too many YA thrillers and horrors with the worst and most unnecessary romances, so it was nice to read one that wasn’t insta-love and developed nicely!

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  2. I’ve heard about it not long time ago and the cover caught my attention so I read the synopsis. Aand then I bought itπŸ˜‚. So now I’m waiting for it to be shipped but this made me want to read it more!!

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  3. This sounds like an incredible book Mikaela, and you’ve definitely succeeded in making me want to add this to my to-read list as well. The fact that you described it at Red Rising meets Six of Crows is enough to have me hooked already, despite the fact I don’t really read much dystopian fiction anymore.
    The blurb reminds me a little of the movie Timeless, have you seen that, although I’ll probably discover after reading Want that there’s probably not that many similarities in the story itself! πŸ˜€
    Great review. πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Thank you so much; I’m glad I have! πŸ˜„ I actually miss dystopian! I feel like I’m more open to it because out of all the ones written after The Hunger Games, I only read about ten or so, so I haven’t gotten tired of it like other people. πŸ˜‚ I haven’t seen or heard of the move Timeless! Should I look into it? Thank you! ❀

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      • I seem to have been the opposite, after THG I couldn’t really find any fresh dystopian books and now I’m a little tired of the genre.
        Ehh, it’s not a great movie but not a terrible one. If you have a couple of hours with nothing else to do maybe check it out but I wouldn’t recommend shifting your life around to make time for it.
        That’s all right. πŸ™‚

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  4. I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE. I read Cindy Pon’s debut and really, really enjoyed it, so I have a feeling I’d love this one as well given everything that you’ve said. The romance sounds great, and I’m excited to see Taiwan as a setting. Great post, Mikaela – you’ve truly convinced me to run and get this book ASAP. 😍

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    • Yeah, I’m glad you are! I also haven’t read any of her other books – this one was my first book of hers – but I should obviously add them to my TBR! πŸ˜„


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