Set in Taipei in the ‘near future,’ Want is a fast paced book that combines science fiction, action, and some romance with strong messages about environmentalism and equality. It follows a group of friends determined to make change in their polluted, divided city by taking on the most powerful man in Taiwan. But how far are they willing to go? And will the price to pay be too high?
Age it’s best for: 14+
Why your child will love it
Want is based in a future that’s different enough to be interesting, but similar enough to feel familiar. The action starts right away, and continues through the book. It’s mixed with suspense, romance, and a great plot twist at the end.
There’s also depth to Want, and teenagers will appreciate that issues like pollution and the gap between rich and poor are worked into the plot.
Jason Zhou is the main character and narrator. He’s a likeable, realistic character, and teens will admire his courage and insight. Jason and his friends have an idealism and determination to make change that will ring true to teens, especially those who are interested in environmental and social issues.
Why you will love it
Want is a great read that works some important messages into its story. It’s told in a way teenagers can enjoy, relate to, and reflect on.
The characters in Want reflect diversity.
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Beyond the bookHere are some things you and your child can talk about after reading Want:
- Does your teen think the book’s version of the near future is possible? Why or why not?
- In their mission to make change, Jason and his friends risk their lives and the lives of others. Does your teen think that it’s okay to do whatever it takes to make the world a better place?
- Ask them about the plot twist at the end. Were they satisfied with the ending?