Want

By: Cindy Pon
Narrated by: Roger Yeh
Series: Want, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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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?

©2017 Cindy Pon (P)2017 Listening Library

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Poor story/weak characters in a strange setting

As a Chinese person, I can tell you with certainty there was zero need for this story to take place in Taiwan. Outside of name-dropping some food and a few landmarks in Taiwan, you could have set this story anywhere in the world and it would have been no different. This seemed like a cheap ploy exoticize a story that was meandering from beginning to end, filled with paper-thin characters with questionable motivations, because they were either under-developed or too cliched, and a cardboard cutout villain that doesn't actually appear in the story very much. Because the absenteeism of the villain, it was akin to getting an account of the Vikings, who at the time had no written language, from the British monks that resided in the monasteries they sacked. There was no attempt to humanize the villain's motivations, which is odd, because the author tries very hard to pull off a check-off-the-box exercise of a handful of zeitgeist topics, many of which had marginal impact on the story: 1) LGBT, 2) pollution, 3) evil corporation with a profit-only motive, 4) a paralyzed political system that doesn't care about the poor and needy. The worst cliche in the story is the mysterious/beautiful girl that falls for the hero for under-developed reasons. For a female author, this is quite a shame to see, and goes to the heart of many East Asian male-oriented fantasies (see the Harem genre of Anime).

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This is a weak story, poorly edited and badly structured - the writing is inane and principally plumped out with a thesaurus ... this is the sort of nonsense that makes it so hard to get my book club to look at SF - gutted that I spent money on this dirge