Cindy Pon. Simon Pulse, $18.99 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4814-8922-5
In this SF thriller, adapted from a short story that appeared in the 2011 anthology Diverse Energies, teens struggle to survive in a pollution-choked Taipei, where the wealthy live in expensive environmental suits and everyone else risks sickness and early death. Jason Zhou, one of the have-nots, joins a group determined to infiltrate the rich and powerful in order to undermine Jin Corp and its monopoly on the protective suits. In Jason’s undercover role, he grows close to his target, Jin Corp heiress Daiyu, but must avoid being seduced by power and privilege. But there’s no time to waste with a deadly flu sweeping through the city. Pon’s (Serpentine) dystopian setting is chilling but familiar—it’s a standard class warfare scenario—as is the omnipresent, corrupt Jin corporation and the romance that brews between resourceful Jason and privileged-yet-rebellious Daiyu. The strength of Pon’s story lies in the way it immerses readers in its gritty Taiwanese setting, and the emotional and cultural conflicts that arise as a result of this perspective. Ages 14–up. Agent: Bill Contardi, Brandt & Hochman. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2017
Release date: 06/13/2017
Genre: Children's
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