I’ve just finished this book, and all I can say is….what a cool story!!! The author mixed some amazing elements together in ways that I didn’t think could be done! She mixed dystopian, science fiction, and the Japanese culture together in the story of one girl who discovers who and what she really is, while learning to grow up and accept duty and adulthood. I thought it was done really well, and I’m definitely coming back for book 2.
I thought Sanaa was a wonderful protagonist. She had many of the elements I love in my book heroines. She was intelligent, witty, and brave. However, she was very forward, and would be quick to tell anyone how she felt, about anything. I thought that this was a wonderful characteristic, and following the story through her eyes was a great reading experience.
Her love interest, Jiro, was perfect for her. He was creative, very smart, and he was a swordsman. That last thing was definitely interesting, and I loved watching Jiro teach Sanaa how to fight. I thought they were great as a couple, because they never lied to one another, and always talked out their issues.
The side characters in this book were intriguing, although I’m sure we don’t know everything about them. I loved the support that Sanaa received from Helena and Miko. I was relieved that they always cared about Sanaa, and when they thought she was too impulsive, they told her so. I thought Mark was very enigmatic, and very mysterious. I didn’t trust him at first, but he did become a favorite character of mine. I have a feeling I’m going to quite like Beni too, but we didn’t really learn much about her yet.
The plot was very interesting. It followed Sanaa as her life changed drastically, and she was torn from one job into another entirely different one. We watched as she became stronger, developed a relationship with Jiro, and learned of her duty. I thought this was a very great plot, and the only downfall it really had for me was the cliffhanger ending.
Therefore, it’s obvious just how awesome I thought this book was. I loved the incorporation of the Japanese culture, and thought it was very well-done. The science fiction elements were definitely interesting, and I can’t wait to see what happens with that in the next part of this series. Sanaa made a wonderful heroine, and after the ending, I can’t get back to her and Jiro fast enough!