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United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas
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it was amazing

In an alternate history where the axis powers won WW2 and the Japanese Emperor is given dominion over the Western US, Beniko Ishimura is a military censor pulled into an investigation of the death of a woman whose father is accused of designing a seditious video game called "The United States of America."
Plainly acknowledging (but not overindulging) its debt to The Man in the High Castle, The United States of Japan is an unflinching and very compelling look at social engineering under an authoritarian regime. Nearly all of the characters in the story are Japanese -except for a handful of American insurgents who pop up now and then. This, I think, was the best choice Tieryas made; The USofJ is more effective at exploring life under fascism by focusing on the people who are supposed to derive advantage from it, than it would have been if it had been about the conquered Americans. The point is that everyone suffers when individual freedoms are curtailed by radical authoritarian nationalism, and the message couldn't be more timely, with such movements currently resurging around the globe.
An excellent novel and a pleasant surprise, but be forewarned, this book doesn't spare the reader on the brutalities of life under fascism.
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Reading Progress

May 7, 2016 – Started Reading
May 7, 2016 – Shelved
May 15, 2016 – Finished Reading

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