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"Fresh, compelling--and timely." --Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series "Vividly conjured...positively chilling." --The New York Times "Spectacular." --Buzzfeed Set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, a group of teens risk everything to save their city in this thrilling novel from critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon. Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting 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?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 327 pages
  • 157 x 229 x 28mm | 454g
  • Simon Pulse
  • English
  • 1481489224
  • 9781481489225
  • 38,717

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If you don't have cash, and massive amounts of it, your life is going to be short and terrible in this futuristic Taipei where pollution is choking the 95% of those who can't afford fancy protective suits. Jason Zhou is one of the unlucky ones, but at least he's got friends and a mission that keeps him busy: take down the Jin Corporation, the biggest and most nefarious company around. When the group decides that an insider will yield useful information, Zhou reinvents himself as Jason, a wealthy Californian teen who lives alone in an apartment dripping with luxury, an endeavor funded by a kidnapping for ransom. It is quite a shock when Jason realizes that the girl he kidnapped (whose memory he erased with an injection) is the girl he is now falling for, who is also the daughter of Jin himself, CEO of Jin Corp. Thus a tangled, emotionally complex romance/espionage/sci-fi plot is off and running. Jason Zhou is a decent person trapped in impossible circumstances, so he's an accessible everyguy whom readers will likely be rooting for, even as he makes many mistakes. Side characters are a bit flat, all blindingly loyal or unrepentant in their greed, but the core group is so compelling that it really doesn't matter. Sci-fi fans, especially those with any knowledge of the current city of Taipei, will find this to be a gripping, fast read that blends cultural elements, edgy tech, and a future coming out of a recognizable pollution-heavy current path.--BCCB "May 2017 "show more

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910 ratings
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4 40% (363)
3 22% (200)
2 5% (49)
1 2% (19)
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