For the month of May, in honor of Asian Pacific Heritage Month, I’m sharing some of my favorite reads by/about Asians/Asian Americans. Side note: I am going to try not to repeat books I mentioned already in my #kidlitwomen posts, so for more on Asian American books I loved, make sure to peek at that list, too!
Today’s featured book is Want by Cindy Pon.
Jason Zhou is a mei (without) in this futuristic Taipei, as are his friends. The yous (haves) are protected by their wealth and special suits that keep them from breathing the polluted air. When he and his friends decide to infiltrate and sabotage Jin Corp, Jason must become a you. As part of the plan, he kidnaps a you and it turns out she is Jin’s only child and daughter, Daiyu. She and Jason are drawn together and it might put the entire mission in jeopardy. Fast-paced and thrilling, I totally enjoyed reading this book starring a hot Asian male lead!