Very Orwellian & Huxley-eque – the best dystopian I’ve read in a long time
5 out of 5 stars
Wow. Just wow. I haven’t read a book that gripped me like this did. Being a fan of “1984” and “Brave New World” this hits the nail on the head into bringing it into the near future.
Most of the story takes place in Japan, but it is very easily understood and there isn’t much written that didn’t translate into English well. The story is fast paced and well detailed. The characters are well developed and the world is very believable. The translation to English was very good (in my opinion). I didn’t have any trouble with any part of this book.
Sadly “Project Itoh” passed away and only wrote one other book (that’s been translated into English). I’ve been meaning to pick it up but just haven’t had the time/money to yet.
In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn’t that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. It doesn’t work, but one of the girls–Tuan Kirie–grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet…from itself.