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Backlist Blast #14: Want by Cindy Pon

Happy Friday Junior, and Backlist Blast day! Also, I’m so happy to see that so many of you have decided to join Backlist Blast, and in order to make your post for this meme more visible (and your blogs, Instagram, or Twitter accounts too), I have decided to add a link-up form/widget to the bottom of every Backlist Blast post from now on! So, don’t forget to add your links to the form, so that all readers can see your posts.

– About the Meme –

Backlist Blast is a meme created by Milana from A Couple Reads and myself, and is meant to encourage book bloggers to feature and talk about backlist books (meaning books that were published 6 months ago, or earlier). We all get excited about all of the newest books coming out, but many of us also have a looming TBR of books published 6 months ago or earlier that we still need to read! The main purpose of this meme is to talk about those books, and remember why we wanted to read them in the first place. Another purpose is for readers to find out about awesome backlist books that they might have never heard of before! For more information on the meme, and for optional themes, please see the info page here.

– My Backlist Blast Choice –

Want by Cindy Pon

Title: Want
Author: Cindy Pon
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Published: June 13, 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?

– About the Author –


Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent duology Serpentine and Sacrifice (Month9Books) were both Junior Library Guild selections and received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal. WANT (Simon Pulse), also a Junior Library Guild selection, is a near-future thriller set in Taipei releasing June 13th. RUSE, the sequel, is slated for spring 2019. She is the co-founder 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

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– Link-up –

Welcome to the new link-up feature! Please link up your Backlist Blast post specific to this week, rather than your blog or social media account in general. You can either share a blog post, an Instagram post, or a tweet from Twitter on here (or all 3 if you so desire)!


10 thoughts on “Backlist Blast #14: Want by Cindy Pon

  1. My backlist TBR is huuuge. I bought a bunch of books 3-4 years ago, and my shelves are overflowing with older titles I haven’t read yet. Want’s definitely on my wishlist!!! So excited for the POC rep in here, plus I’ve seen awesome things about it!

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    1. Oh my gosh, you are definitely NOT alone! That’s one of the reasons why Milana and I made this meme haha to help reminds ourselves and other readers about those older books that we still have to read 😛

  2. WANT is getting read one way or another Flavia! I bought a copy during the Bookoutlet Black Friday sale & I just recently came across the cover to the sequel & fell in love! <3 <3 <3

    1. LOL me too! That’s when I bought my copy too! 😀 And yeah I saw the sequel’s cover toooo! Hope we both get to read the series soon! <3

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