cindyauthor1cWelcome to my author and brush artist website! Please take the time to look around. I tweet and instagram frequently! My local indie is the fabulous Mysterious Galaxy Books, and they carry all my titles. You can order personalized copies of WANT now through Mysterious Galaxy and get gorgeous swag of original art!  (Leave a note when ordering online that you’d like the book personalized and to whom.) WANT, my first near-future thriller set in Taipei is out. RUSE, the sequel to WANT, releases March 12, 2019!




RUSE is named one of Paste Magazine’s most anticipated young adult novel of 2019!

Kirkus Reviews calls RUSE “an action-packed thriller”!

RUSE is a Junior Library Guild selection title!

WANT is nominated for an Andre Norton Award!

WANT is a 2017 Honorable Mention for the Freeman Book Award!

WANT is included in Locus Magazine’s 2017 Recommended Reading List!

WANT is one of SYFY’s Top 10 sci-fi and fantasy novels of 2017!

WANT is Paste Magazine’s number one YA novel of 2017!

WANT is one of BookBub’s top YA series of 2017!

“I’ve never yet made it to Taipei, and Want left me sadder than ever about that fact, despite the acid rain and the air pollution and the destruction of famous tourist sites such as the Yangmingshan park in the book, and even despite the flying cars: Pon keeps the narrative low to the ground, vividly portraying the back alleys, night markets and street life of the city. Happily, her trademark descriptions of food, which have made my mouth water since Silver Phoenix (2009), are still just as good as ever. This isn’t any kind of faux Taipei that could be mistaken for the Los Angeles of Blade Runner, or even Hong Kong; from little details to large setpieces, the place is emphatically itself, and emphatically the home that Jason loves…”—Electra Pritchett for Strange Horizons

WANT is featured in BustleBook Riot, and Buzzfeed!

“Pon does a bang-up job packing in skyscraper-scaling, flying (on airborne mo-peds), hand-to-hand combat and high-tech espionage. The world she’s created is positively chilling.”—Catherine Hong for The New York Times

“With expert pacing and poignant social commentary, Pon tells the story of a world in which the line between haves and have nots has never been more stark. Pon also creates an excellent, vibrant character within Jason, whose emotions run deep.”—Swapna Krishna for Los Angeles Times 

Thank you Veronica Roth for your blurb!
“WANT by Cindy Pon paints a vibrant picture of futuristic Taipei, with characters that will stay with you long after you finish. A fresh, compelling—and timely—addition to YA science fiction.” —Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series

WANT is a Junior Library Selection for Fall 2017!

“An exciting, socially conscious futuristic thriller.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A strong sci-fi novel that will entice an array of readers.”—Amy Reddy for School Library Journal

“Pon excels as this society’s architect, constructing sights, sounds, and smells that make this Taipei come alive.”—Ilene Cooper for Booklist

“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.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Sacrifice is a Junior Library Selection for Fall 2016!

Sacrifice received a *starred review* from Kirkus Reviews!

Serpentine is named a “Big Indie Book” of Fall 2015 by Publishers Weekly. I received my first review from PW as well: “Action, secrets, love, and a search for identity combine in a powerful tale about what ensues when the underworld and the real world collide.”—Publishers Weekly

diversity in YASince 2011, Malinda Lo and I have been passionate about talking and promoting diversity in young adult literature! Visit our official website and check out our new tumblr page for even more up to date news on diversity in publishing.