I was heavily invested in the story from the moment Asato mentioned real life events such as executive order 9066 (in the book it's called 6609). It was eye opening and it was a sudden jab at America. I'm American so I was intrigued to see another interpretation of Japanese internment camps. I know the author didn't have any intention on judging or hating America or any other nation and that's not what I'm getting at either. I think using history as a medium is powerful. What better event is there to base your story on than events that took place in real life? Anyway, the story takes a radical turn and the citizens of the Republic that aren't Alba (the pure race) are put into concentration camps where men, women, and children are forced into the military to die for their country.
The best thing about this novel is that it doesn't glorify war. War is wicked. There isn't a single nation in our history that is pure and it's in war we see the most Atrocies acts of violence and racism.
In the author's note Asato Asato makes it perfectly clear that he holds no ill will to any country and doesn't want to make it seem like he is judging a nation for their past deeds. On a side note...I think I need to look into garter belts...
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Yen Press (2 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1975303121
- ISBN-13: 978-1975303129
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 268 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)