Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix, 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 Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror choices by VOYA. Serpentine, the first title in another Chinese-inspired fantasy duology, is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. 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.
For July, we're pleased to bring you an excerpt from Cindy Pon's new dystopic novel WANT. Set in a futuristic Taipei where wealth divides the population into mei, those who can protect themselves from pollution and illness with special suits, and you, those who die early deaths from the terrible environmental conditions, the novel follows Zhou, a young man who, with the help of his friends, is determined to infiltrate the circles of the wealthy in order to effect change.