United States of Japan is set in a gripping alternate history where the Japanese Empire rules over America with huge robots. Is resistance possible in the form of subversive video games?
Decades ago, Japan won the Second World War. Americans worship their infallible emperor, and nobody believes that Japan's conduct in the war was anything but exemplary.
Nobody, that is, except the George Washingtons, a group of rebels fighting for freedom. Their latest terrorist tactic is to distribute an illegal video game that asks players to imagine what the world might be like if the United States had won the war instead. Captain Beniko Ishimura's job is to censor video games, and he is tasked with getting to the bottom of this disturbing new development.
But Ishimura's hiding something...kind of. He's slowly been discovering that the case of the George Washingtons is more complicated than it seems, and the subversive video game's origins are even more controversial and dangerous than the censors originally suspected.
A spiritual sequel to Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, United States of Japan carries on the legacy of Dick's famous alternate history, focusing on how Americans and Japanese deal with their guilt and troubled relationship to the past.
Peter Tieryas is a character artist who has worked on films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Alice in Wonderland and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
His novel, Bald New World, was listed as one of Buzzfeed's 15 Highly Anticipated Books as well as Publishers Weekly's Best Science Fiction Books of Summer 2014.
©2016 Peter Tieryas (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
"weak story, worse reader"
the narrator mafe everyone sound like a disinterested, glib, petulant, whining teen. had to force my way through to the end and will avoid his narration from here on out. just awful.
the story was a weak cyberpunk jaunt and an insult to its influence.
As soon as I saw this in the Coming soon section, I put it on my wish list. I am a fan of this type of scenario. No, I don't want a foreign government to take us over, but neither do I want a Zombie Apocalypse, yet I enjoy those type of books I am a fan of Vaughn Heppner's Invasion series. I am also a fan of robots, especially giant robots. As another reviewer mentions in the first three hours, a robot is mentioned and that is it. I could not get past three hours. Peter Tieryas tells us things, but shows us nothing. Seemed more like a soap opera about some loser, than anything else. Peter has a great idea, he just needs to get a co/author to help with the writing.
The narrator sounds like he is on the verge of crying his eyes out, no matter what character he is attempting.
"An intricate look at a grim alternate history"
I picked up United States of Japan on a recommendation from a friend and was expecting a fun but blockbuster-style action/adventure. Instead, I was totally blown away by the intensity and intricacy of the storyline and the ideas presented here. This is, at its heart, a very serious book. There are fun things like the huge towering mecha battles and a look at an alternate universe where technology took a very different course, but what really shines here are the characters and the decisions they make. This is not a world I'd want to live in, and it's a grim mirror to where we could have gone. The people here are making the best of a horrific society--some by trying to make it a better place, some by sinking into violence or depravity. The lines between good and bad people are almost non-existent. And in that backdrop, the story slowly and quietly spins out a tale of love, dedication, anger, and hope.
This is a brutal and often hard story to read, but one very worth reading.
"Decent story, spotty narration"
They story was well enough, not great, but definitely entertaining. The narrator on the other hand, with his shaky/nervous sounding delivery certainly took away from the overall experience.
"Fun Alternate History Sci-Fi Novel"
The United States of Japan was a fun Alternate History Science Fiction Novel in which the Nazi's and Japanese Empire won World War 2. The story is very well written and the characters while seemingly 1 dimensional flesh out nicely by the end. The story isn't always action packed but the intrigue keeps you going. Some parts are a little gruesome but never over the top and the science aspects never become to dry or long winded (this is important to me as I don't read much Science Fiction).The Narrator isn't the greatest but he isn't bad either. As someone pointed out in a previous review the pronunciation of Mecha as *May-Cha* threw me off a little and his voice could come off as a little monotone switching between characters but overall he did a good job.
Overall I recommend the book especially if you're an Otaku.
the story is pretty good. the end was a little underwhelming. the worst part was the reader. he kept pronouncing mecha wrong. he would say it like the word Charlie. it should be said like the word Chemical.
"Interesting book, with smooth writing"
book pulls you along. I found some parts confusing, as the book jumps back and forth. overall a gun book though, and I will look for more from the author.
I flew into rage every time mecha was prounced Meh-Cha instead of Meh-Ka. A huge annoyance in an otherwise pretty good performance.
"Great story, but Narrator mispronounces "mecha"."
Great story, if a little sparse on actual 150m tall robots fighting. And the narrator needs to learn its pronounced "mekka", not "meh-cha". Very annoying.
"decent story, awful narration"
the story was decent, certainly able to finish. I actually finished it in 2 days. I had some issues with the story, and some aspects seemed forced. I mean, The colored hair? why? My real issue was with the narration. The shaky voice made it almost unbearable. Also, the fact he couldnt pronounce "mecha" correctly was really annoying.
"Don't be fooled by the cover.."
Giants robots are mostly in the background in this novel.
Nice world building that rather overshadows the actual plot, and an ending that gives a finger to any hopes that this is not a one off.
NarratIon was good and understandable at x2 playback speed.
Still, I'm glad I 'read' this book.
The performance is absolutely amazing. The setup is quite unique and well designed. The story is more like a tool that allows facts to be revealed from the past one after the the other, but still the story is pretty much OK. There is a lot of pain and violence in there, very slight optimism, but if you can live with that then you will find this book completely worth to listen.
"Passable but incredulous story "
I enjoyed the story enough to listen all the way through. It was a little ridiculous and there were parts that had me screwing up my face in disbelief. Beniko and Akiko were intresting characters and I liked both of them but I really hated the campy narration. The men sounded all sounded like teenage stoners and the women were all overly aggressive in their tone. I would reccomend as a curiosity but it's no Orwell novel.
"Could have been so much better"
Never read print version as I am blind and unable to read print
First timer to this author
Read very well with good voices
Could have been so much better
This book feels like the author has a grudge against the Japanese. I'm no fan of them, but they're portrayed as monsters.
Aside from that, the graphic violence that appears to be used as filler for a weak story became tedious very quickly. It doesn't advance the story in any way.
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