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In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the "positively chilling" (The New York Times) sci-fi...
In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the "positively chilling" (The New York Times) sci-fi...
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  • In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the "positively chilling" (The New York Times) sci-fi thriller Want.
    Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu's father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn't expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.

    Zhou doesn't hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he's been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can't tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.

    When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it's to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first "vertical city." And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?

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  • Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix, which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by Booklist, and one of 2009's Best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Serpentine and Sacrifice were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews, respectively. She also wrote Want, which is a Freeman Book Award Honorable Mention and Ruse. She is the cofounder 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. Learn more about her books and art at CindyPon.com.

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  • Kirkus

    January 15, 2019
    In a polluted future, Zhou and Lingyi must overcome guilt over their friend's death and stop a corrupt CEO from taking more lives.In this sequel to Want (2017), Taiwanese Jason Zhou and Lingyi and their international group of street-wise, technology-savvy friends have destroyed Jin Corp's headquarters in Taipei; Jin, the company's multibillionaire leader, has returned to China. Their victory came at a high price: One of their group was killed while following Lingyi's orders and Zhou was captured and unable to save him. Zhou finds solace in his secret relationship with Daiyu, Jin's daughter, while Lingyi copes with recurring nightmares that even her girlfriend cannot defend against. Nevertheless, when Jany, Lingyi's old friend in Shanghai, asks for her help, Lingyi responds at once. But when Jin has Jany murdered in order to steal her designs and prototype for a highly advanced air filter, Lingyi and her girlfriend turn to Zhou for help. Reunited, they return to their (occasionally unbelievable) skills in hacking and brawling to attempt to reclaim the air filter and strike another blow against Jin. But the group finds they cannot succeed without the help of Daiyu, someone even Zhou, possibly blinded by love and lust, has to agree is hiding things. While the central villain remains constant, Pon delves into relationships both romantic and platonic to balance the otherwise fast pace.An action-packed thriller, grounded in a futuristic Taiwan, with a strong dose of romance. (Science fiction. 13-17)

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  • Booklist

    February 1, 2019
    Grades 9-12 This sequel to Want (2017) picks up several months after the bombing of the Jin Foundation in a near-future Taiwan. One of the bombers, Jason Zhou, is now the boyfriend of Jin's daughter, Daiyu, a complicated relationship that has separated Jason from his friends and is hidden from Jin. But when two of the bombers need Jason's help, he is there, while Daiyu's role as the daughter of a ruthless billionaire brings in questions of where her loyalties lie. As in the previous book, Pon's smog-filled descriptions of Taiwan and China, where only the rich have the means to breath comfortably, are vivid and dynamic. The sharpness of the writing extends to the way she writes about food, clothing, and even body adornments, making a world in which readers will become immersed. Equally enhancing the story are the characters' relationships, which bridge determination and bravado with love for one another. Fans will welcome this fast-paced read, and even those who haven't read Want can pick up quickly on the action.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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