Author and painter Cindy Pon has had five titles published to date: Silver Phoenix, Fury of the Phoenix, Serpentine, Sacrifice, and Want. She also has a children’s picture book featuring her Chinese brush art currently in the works. Ruse, the sequel to the sci-fi thriller Want, sees a tight-knit group of teenage friends still recovering from the bombing of Jin Corp. This, however, doesn’t stop them from being entangled in a case of technology theft and murder involving the ruthless billionaire Jin himself. In a near-future Taipei fraught with pollution and corruption, Jin’s daughter, Daiyu, must decide if she should stand at her father’s side or rescue the boy she loves. Cindy is also the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the We Need Diverse Books advisory board. Preorder Ruse to receive an exclusive magnet with art by Jason Chan!
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This is a ticketed event. Priority tickets to the signing line are given only with the purchase of RUSE from Mysterious Galaxy. Tickets are numbered, indicating your place in the signing line, and are sold on a first-come basis. You may purchase your book online, in-store, or over the phone, but all books must be paid in full in order to receive a ticket.
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3) All online orders must be submitted by 7:00pm on MARCH 15TH for your book to be personalized.
You'll be able to pick up your book and ticket from Mysterious Galaxy the day the book is published, MARCH 12TH at 10:00 AM.
Other limitations may apply. The event itself is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come first-served 30-40 minutes before the start of the event. Please read through our FAQ for arrival times, book limitations, and other details. Contact a Mysterious Galaxy bookseller at 858-268-4747 for any questions.
In near-future Shanghai, a group of teens have their world turned upside down when one of their own is kidnapped in this action-packed follow-up to the "positively chilling" (The New York Times) sci-fi thriller Want.
Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu's father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn't expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.
Zhou doesn't hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he's been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can't tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.
When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it's to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first "vertical city." And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?