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Live in Infamy

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Return to the world of The Only Thing to Fear!

In the eighty years since the Axis powers won World War II with their genetically engineered super soldiers, America has changed drastically in the hands of the unforgiving victors. But there are still those who aspire to what the country used to stand for: freedom for all.

In the Western American Territories, Chinese American
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Scholastic
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Asteropê They're all set in the same alternate reality of WW2, where according to this book's blurb: "In the eighty years since the Axis powers won World War…moreThey're all set in the same alternate reality of WW2, where according to this book's blurb: "In the eighty years since the Axis powers won World War II with their genetically engineered super soldiers, America has changed drastically in the hands of the unforgiving victors."
Each book is a sort of snapshot of a this alternate reality.
Since they are companion novels, I assume reading them in any order is possible. Each story appears to be stand-alone. But if you want to read them in order, you can read them in order of publication:
1. The Only Thing to Fear
2. The Darkest Hour
3. Live in Infamy
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Katherine Wren
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I could not bring myself to finish this book.

I was so excited for the premise of this book. A "what-if" alternate history where Japan controlled the western half of the United States after defeating the US in World War II sounded fresh and original. Unfortunately, this book isn't really alternate history at all. I was expecting competing ideologies and a look at how 80 years of exposure to Japanese ideals might change America. I was hoping to see a broader look at the rest of the world if Japan
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Marc B
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this was an amazing book about a different outcome of WWII and the axis powers won the war. I enjoyed how the setting was placed around modern day. I also liked that they had created a revolt against the axis powers and made up special abilities for specific people. These specific people had to take a dangerous drug or were born with it. I liked the amount of action and the lead up to climax. Ren had to persevere through many downs he had to face.
Bethany Miller
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: royal_may_2018
In Live in Infamy, Richardson imagines a world in which the Allies were defeated in World War II and the United States has been overtaken by the Axis Powers. Ren Cabot has grown up in the Western American Territories which is under Japanese control. Ren’s mother was executed as a traitor when she was caught publishing an illegal newspaper in support of the Resistance. Since then Ren’s father has tried to protect himself and his son by keeping his heads down and following the rules, but Ren has a ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
Live in Infamy continues the alternative history begun in The Only Thing to Fear. The premise of both books is simple - it's 80 years after the Allies have lost WWII, and the Axis powers have divided up the United States into three territories - the Eastern American Territory (EAT) ruled by the Nazis, the Western American Territory (WAT) ruled by Imperial Japan, and the Italian Dakotas. And like all oppressive regimes, there is a resistance movement seeking to thwart and overthrow them. The Only ...more
Jonathan
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Good idea but alright execution. With a better story could have definitely been 5 stars.
Kim Bahr
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not what I expected, but still interesting.

Love the line that states every essay began “with a blank page and a fresh start . . . the writing process was never meant to be easy.”
Matt Choppy
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think a possible theme for this book is that things are hard to do only if you make them hard to do.
Aiden Bryant
Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: novel-studdies
What if the Axis won World War 2? Good Heavens this is cliche! Half the books about WWII aren’t even factual they’re all alternate history! In the book, the setting takes place in the Imperial Japanese colony of the Western American Territories. The W.A.T. is the most important colony of Imperial Japan. The Crown Prince, Katsura lives in Fort Togoshima, near San Francisco. The main character is a teen named Ren Cabot who, (cliche again) is the second most wanted criminal in the world. He goes by ...more
Karissa
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-2018
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Barbara
WWII has been over for more than 80 years, and the victory of the Axis countries means the United States has been divided into two different territories. Imperial Japan now rules over the Western American Territories with an iron fist, and conditions are harsh for the former citizens of the United States. The smallest act of rebellion is dealt with swiftly and harshly, and while those actions are intended to intimidate and stamp out any disagreement, resistance groups have sprung up all across t ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Live in Infamy by Caroline Tung Richmond, 294 pages. Scholastic Press (Scholastic Inc.), 2018. $17.99

Language: PG (2 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG

BUYING ADVISORY: HS – ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH

Ren lives in a world where the Allies lost WWII, Germany and Japan split America in half, and Americans are oppressed—a world where America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. There is a resistance made up of those who remember what America used to stand for
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Amy
This book was sent to me as part of the Scholastic Preview pack for the Spring 2018 Book Fair.

I was not sure what to expect from this book. I knew it was an alternate version of historical fiction (the idea of what the US would be like if the Axis powers had won WWII), but I did not realize that it would have so much science fiction in it as well. In this alternate universe, the Axis powers are able to win the war because of the Ronan Elite, a group of soldiers who have genetically enhanced powe
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Coy Cortez
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Carro Herdegen
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kiss-the-book
Language: PG (2 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG
Ren lives in a world where the Allies lost WWII, Germany and Japan split America in half, and Americans are oppressed—a world where America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave. There is a resistance made up of those who remember what America used to stand for, and Ren’s mother was executed in front of him for trying to bring that America back. Now the resistance is asking for Ren’s help, and he has to decide
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Nathaniel
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Kristie Bentley
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Live In Infamy was different than anything I have read recently. This book was amazing. I didn’t want to put it down the entire time I was reading it. I had it on me at work, in bed, on the couch. It came with me everywhere. I fell in love with every character, was upset when some would die, felt their heartache, etc. And it truly did make you wonder, what if? What if the Axis Powers had won? Would this be the America I know? I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for that something diff ...more
Sara
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book because I enjoy books set around WWII, and the premise interested me. In this sorry, the Axis powers won WWII. While there was always something happening in the story, I didn’t feel like I really connected with the characters. I felt like the author could have developed them all more. I also felt like the author really missed a chance with Aiko, the crown prince’s daughter. I felt like she could have developed her and made her a major factor in the book. In all honesty, she was ...more
Daisy Hanson
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Laura
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to see a companion to The Only Thing to Fear. I really enjoyed that book. I was even more excited when I saw that it's a book set on the other side of the conquered US. This book lived up to my expectations.

The story is quite different yet there are strong similarities. Racism is alive on both sides of the winning teams. The mixing of races is especially looked down on while the purity of the winning blood is necessity. Everyone is sternly in their place so that even the win
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Leslie Fitzpatrick
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was one of my bookfair buys and it did NOT disappoint! Our librarian made me read the first part and I was hooked and bought it, it was a pretty crazy concept, the USA is divided up, partially controlled by Japan, part by the Nazis... what?!?! It was a good action story and there were many parts that surprised me, which does not usually happen for me when I read teen books. The one thing that surprised me the most throughout this book is that although it is supposed to be taking place sligh ...more
American Mensa
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Teenager Ren Cabot has witnessed many executions of rebellion, one of these being his own mother. Ren wants to live a safe life, but how can he do that when he’s also the Viper, a notorious rebel who wants America to live once more?

In this amazing story, the Axis powers won WWII with super-powerful super soldiers: people with superpowers. Ren Cabot is a rebel through and through, and he’s ready to convince others to join his cause and fight. But when he finally is given a rebel mission to captur
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Kim
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
What would happen to America if the Axis powers had won WWII? That's the interesting premise of this story. Set on the Pacific coast, the story features Cabot, a Chinese-American living under the brutal Japanese regime.

An underground resistance effort has been growing partly fueled by the writings of The Viper. Cabot is The Viper. He hides his secret from everyone, especially his father, who would be devastated to find out that his son was involved in the resistance. Cabot gets an opportunity t
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Tracey
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s, abandoned
children's middlegrade alternate history/fiction - standalone companion to The Only Thing to Fear (you don't have to read them in order, but if that kind of thing matters to you, read the other one first).
I read the first couple chapters (p.17) and so far it's pretty good--skillful world-building and an interesting premise (I love the use of diversity--Ren is half white, half Chinese-American and the Japanese empire is in control of the US West coast), I just am not in the mood for fascism and r
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Laura C.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-reviewers
This book was a pretty good book. I like to read historical fiction based around WWII, and this book was definitely a good choice on my part. I really loved how quickly paced this book was, and how there were so many plot twists mixed into each chapter. The action and bloodshed was perfectly executed!

The cover pulled me in right away! The Axis power flags and the blood red color popped out on the bookshelf. I also read the beginning of the book, and was instantly surprised. So much death! :)

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7BJamel P
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. I liked it because of the author's way of writing and I liked her word choice that she used to describe certain things. I disliked the way she described some characters because she could've described them more strongly. I think the best audience for this book is from ages 12 to 14 because it lets them know there are lots of things past puppies and unicorns. The start of the book is about a teen named Ren who's 16 and already is working his way against the law. He doesn ...more
A'layjia
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That. Was. Incredible. I could read that book over, and over, and still love it. I loved the characters. "The Viper, you see is more than a boy named Ren Cabot. The Viper is Jenny Tsai, who believed in a cause. The Viper is Abel Quirk, who died for freedom. The Viper is Jay Park, who fought for equality. The Viper is not one person, but a rallying cry. The Viper is you and me and every American living under oppression. And it is time we awaken." Wow. I fell in love with the characters and a ...more
Kylie
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-library
I really enjoyed this book! The pace was amazing, the characters were entertaining, and I loved the incorporation of some fantasy elements. I could have used a bit more world building-it was hard to tell exactly what year the book was set in, like how long ago did the war take place? I think part of this confusion had to do with the lack of technology (which totally makes sense if America wasn't free to develop such things) but this made it hard to place the time setting.
Still a good good read
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Kaitlin
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally, didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. But man this book was good. It was such a jarring perspective, and it really makes you think about the way we treat other people and why. It also makes you reflect on the freedoms we sometimes take for granted. The characters that are well developed and written, and you can't help but feel for them. The plot keeps you engaged, throwing unexpected twists and turns at you the whole way. I would definitely suggest this book to anyone.
Olga Krik
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I find this book very interesting. I like the plot of the book. I think that it was very creative to find a war in history and make the losing side win. I like the twists and turns in the book which makes it hard to put down the book. I highly recommend this book to readers of all age, especially readers in grades 5-8. JP
Annabelle Hott-Halpin
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Live in infamy allowed me to think in a new perspective, i love history and have always wondered what the world would have been like if the wars conclusion were to end differently and this book holds up the expectation of living in an alternate world where the allied powers lost and the axis powers won.
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