Review: The United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas

May Contain Spoilers

I decided to give United States of Japan a whirl because of the mecha on the cover.  I thought this would be an action adventure type read in an alternate US.  While there are mecha fighting scenes and shoot outs between the protagonists and the bad guys, it’s more of a hard-boiled, gritty mystery.  Set in a grim alternate history where the Japanese and the Germans win WWII, the story is broken up in three primary time periods;  1948, 1988, and 1978.  The chapters featuring Beniko’s parents were my favorite.  Starting with the restoration of freedom from the Japanese internment camps after the Japanese win the war, the Japanese begin to shape the western US into their vision of a Japanese territory.  Forty years later, the totalitarian government is firmly in place, along with government censors, secret police, and horrible atrocities committed on the populace to keep rebels and dissidents, real and imagined,  firmly in check.

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Interview: Meet Rachelle Dekker, Author of The Choosing

[Manga Maniac Café] Good morning, Rachelle!  Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Rachelle Dekker] Curious, goofy, free-spirited, and fearful (I hide the last one well, but I’m working on it).

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Choosing?

[Rachelle Dekker] The Choosing is a story about identity. Carrington Hale is a girl that lives in a society where worth is based on your ability to be picked as a bride. We find Carrington at the beginning of the story having failed to be picked and the turmoil that follows. Is a person’s worth based on the titles and roles society places on them, or can they discover their true worth, given to them by their Father. That is the journey Carrington will go on.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share your favorite scene?

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Review: Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau

May Contain Spoilers

Yeah! I managed to knock another series off my TBR pile!  Graduation Day picks up right where Independent Study left off.  Cia has just been forced to kill a rival classmate, and she is suffering from guilt.  She is terrified of being caught.  She doesn’t know who she can trust.  When she stumbles across a bigger plot to bring down the President, she’s not sure she can carry out the mission she’s been given.  Her task, handed to her by the President?  Kill the ardent supporters of the Testing in order to end the cruel tradition once and for all.

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Review: A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

I love a good dystopian, so when I saw A Girl Called Fearless, I thought I’d give it a shot.  The premise seemed interesting, and I was curious about how the world would look through the protagonist’s eyes.   Ten years ago, a chemical used in cattle feed was found to be the cause of a deadly cancer that killed every woman in their child bearing years.  Only young girls and old women were spared, as well as a handful of women who had already suffered, and been cured, of reproductive cancers.  With so many victims of the disease, and medications to treat it in short supply, men were forced to stand by as their wives and daughters succumbed to the deadly tumors invading their bodies.

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Spotlight–A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka

A Girl Called Fearless is the debut novel by Catherine Linka.  It looks awesome, and I’ll have a review next week.  Check out the blurb; it hits shelves tomorrow.

Avie Reveare has the normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal as any girl’s life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef killed fifty million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old women, men, and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the Paternalist Movement, begun to “protect” young women, is taking over the choices they make.

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Guest Post by Isaac Solomon, Author of Emanuel Stone and The Phoenix Shadow

Today, Isaac Solomon is visiting with a guest post about terrorism and social media.  What do you think?  What are your thoughts on social media and what’s the impact on organizing social rebellion?

“How terrorists will utilize social media in the World of Emanuel Stone in 2024.”

By Isaac Solomon

EMANUEL STONE AND THE PHOENIX SHADOW

In the dystopian world of 2024 with widespread lawlessness, social, political and economic chaos, terrorists will have ‘ramped’ up the use of social media in all its forms to further their sickening agenda. The effectiveness of mass communication for evil is documented in recent history; the Arab Spring, the UK riots and dozens of conflicts internationally are galvanized simply by the use of social media.

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