Title: United States of Japan
Author: Peter Tieryas
Narrator: Adam Sims
This is set in a Japan-controlled Western US. It’s an alternate history scenario much like (and clearly aimed at) Philip K. Dick’s “The Man in the High Castle”. I was a little disappointed in this book’s shallow appeals to the love-conquers-all mentality that dominates mainstream entertainment these days, but there were some good ideas here.
Anime/mecha fans will likely find it entertaining, if a bit macabre and depressing. The Man in the High Castle (which this is a kind of sequel to) has the same problem, really — good SF&F should transport the reader to a better world, not a worse one. If it’s going to be the latter, it had better be a damn good story (e.g. Game of Thrones).
An interesting annoyance with the audiobook was the narrator’s pronunciation of “mecha” as “meetcha”. (sigh) Guess he’s not an anime fan.
Overall I would have to say that this was a disappointment.