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  • Paperback
  • 447 pages
  • Mecha Samurai Empire
  • Peter Tieryas
  • English
  • 15 May 2019
  • 0451490991

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Mecha Samurai EmpireA standalone book set in the USJ universe, Mecha Samurai Empire focuses on a group of aspiring mecha cadets preparing to fight the Nazis Foremost among them, Makoto Fujimoto grew up in California, but with a difference his California is part of the United States of Japan After Germany and Japan won WWII, the United States fell under their control Growing up in this world, Mac plays portical games, haphazardly studies for the Imperial Exam, and dreams of becoming a mecha pilot Only problem Mac s grades are terrible His only hope is to pass the military exam and get into the prestigious mecha pilot training program at Berkeley Military Academy When his friend Hideki s plan to game the test goes horribly wrong, Mac washes out of the military exam too Perhaps he can achieve his dream by becoming a civilian pilot But with tensions rising between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany and rumors of collaborators and traitors abounding, Mac will have to stay alive long enough first I loved loved LOVED this book It is such a fun adventure book with giant robots and heroes with even larger hearts To start this review, I need to begin with my high school years, curling up next to the bookshelves of my local bookstore and library and reading as much manga as I could I could lose myself in the pages of that fantastic artwork and always wondered what it was like to live like one of them, especially those who fought in massive suits of armor or mecha and took out villains he I loved loved LOVED this book It is such a fun adventure book with giant robots and heroes with even larger hearts To start this review, I need to begin with my high school years, curling up next to the bookshelves of my local bookstore and library and reading as much manga as I could I could lose myself in the pages of that fantastic artwork and always wondered what it was like to live like one of them, especially those who fought in massive suits of armor or mecha and took out villains hellbent on revenge This book helped me live my teenage fantasy The story follows a young man named Mac who has always wanted to pilot his own mecha Despite the odds being horribly stacked up against him, his persistence, willpower, and strength get him a chance at living his dream However, he doesn t realize the cost that comes with itThis a fantastic journey into an alternate world with the Axis Powers won WWII, but still have a larger war to fight against each other The characters are so intriguing and Mac is fantastically developed throughout the story The pacing was incredible too My favorite parts though, as much as I loved the giant fighting robots, were the quiet moments where the characters were forced to tackle on what was right versus what was tradition It s a intriguing debate and the answer you might ve had in the beginning might not be the one you finish with I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who grew up reading manga and or anime, especially with giant fighting mecha I also think anyone who loves a good sci fi adventure or alternate history would enjoy this too It s YA friendly as well Also, while this may seem like a sequel to THE UNITED STATES OF JAPAN, you do not have to read that book to enjoy this one Check outreviews Perspective of a WriterA standalone book set in the United States of Japan universe, Mecha Samurai Empire focuses on a group of aspiring mecha cadets preparing to fight the Nazis Foremost among them, Makoto Fujimoto plays portical games, haphazardly studies for the Imperial Exam, and dreams of becoming a mecha pilot Only problem Mac s grades are terrible His only hope is to pass the military exam and get into the prestigious mecha pilot training program at Berkel Check outreviews Perspective of a WriterA standalone book set in the United States of Japan universe, Mecha Samurai Empire focuses on a group of aspiring mecha cadets preparing to fight the Nazis Foremost among them, Makoto Fujimoto plays portical games, haphazardly studies for the Imperial Exam, and dreams of becoming a mecha pilot Only problem Mac s grades are terrible His only hope is to pass the military exam and get into the prestigious mecha pilot training program at Berkeley Military Academy.The short reviewHave you ever seen an anime or movie with mecha They are like the robot on the front cover except that a group of human being can ride around in one body part of the mecha I know its huge I m not sure how I would feel PILOTING one, maybe super powerful But for Makoto Fujimoto its a life long dream as his deceased parents wanted to be pilots but ended up taking on other roles in their mechas I totally related to this kid s dream and the knowledge that he s competing with all if the kids his age in the USJ This is one part alternate history, one part coming of age with some major mecha action to tie it all together We cover quite a bit of time as Makoto starts in high school and advances to later opportunities Because of this time jumping we stick to regular joe Makoto through the story There is a lot of thinking, explaining and studying mecha It s almost like you become Makoto with all the emotions, experiences and slice of life aspects.At the end of the day, this is all about the mecha battles Sure, I enjoyed seeing Mac work his butt off to get in shape, to learn mad fighting skills and try to measure up to the other mecha pilots who just seemed to get it innately But I was reading for the battles and they were EPIC For not having read United States of Japan I found Mecha Samurai Empire a fascinating look at what might have been if Japan won I m happy to have started with the mecha battles and now want to go back and see what all the reward fervor was about with the first book Cover Title grade A This is such a gorgeous cover It totally looks like a real mecha and it just gives you this sense of the world things are quite black and white in the United States of Japan or rather red and blue and its all about the mecha So it makes a lot of sense that these teens dream of becoming the much heralded mecha pilots.Why may you enjoy Mecha Samurai Empire Yeah so I think my short review sufficiently sold Makoto, the USJ world of mechas and Japanese culture and mechas What else is there The secondary characters MAKE this story Griselda.A girl Mac grew up with who is a better video game player than he is She has some German ancestry and so doesn t fit in on either side of the war Agent Tsukino.A return from United States of Japan, she investigates Mac over the course of the book and can be an ominous shadow or a voice of reason Nori.The best student in Mac s high school and from military parents she takes a shine to Mac after she gives him a helping hand during exams Kujira.Another return character I didn t know that about him and a crazy dude that makes a hellava mecha pilot Not sure about being his friend though Kazu.An older mecha pilot and the leader of the Tigers He becomes a sort of mentor for Mac and has a neat story of his own about making his dream a reality Chieko.A compatriot who Mac has gone through all sorts of crap with, she has her own mecha fighting style and is another badass woman among a great group of badasses As a WriterOkay Dani, I m going to ask you the question once again why 4 stars if this is so full of basasses Well there were some writing issues that bugged me For some readers these may not be an issue but I feel like they kept the book from being the best that it could be Clunky info dumping The world building is incredibly well developed This doesn t just happen at the start of the book as setup but periodically is dropped on us to explain stuff I just wish it had happened in aorganic way that felt natural It s hard when I don t need the info for 100 pages Dry technical details The battles though were incredible and totally make up for every dry fact The technical bits were too technical and dry it was like reading a manual and I couldn t retain a whit of it I get it, Mac is driving a huge mecha so stats and all that like for a car are important but also so dry if they are just reeled off Slice of Life too much You do feel like you re Mac and experience what he s experiencing There were several transitions when Mac was experiencing change and during these passages we get very slice of life Inductions to several groups, a trip, and other day to day things it s all a little boring, mainly because it took too long We don t want to linger in transitions, pick up the pace.Mecha Samurai Empire is all about the mecha pilots dreaming of becoming one, doing the work and living the dream all in the name of the United States of Japan because Japan won WWII The mecha battles are epic and that final faint WOOOOOO WEEEEEEEE Authenticity Writing Style Plot Pacing World Building Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review It has not influenced my opinions.You can find this review and many others on my book blog Perspective of a Writer See my special perspective at the bottom of my reviews under the typewriter Please like this review if you enjoyed it bow bow It helps me out a ton I received an advance ebook through NetGalley.The best way to summarize this series is Man in the High Castle with mechas These books are alt history, sci fi, and horror all at once, awesome and yet disturbing.I loved the first book, United States of Japan, and I was excited to read the second book Mecha Samurai Empire To my delight, it was even better than the first book I immediately connected with Mac and wanted him to succeed in his goal to be a mecha pilot, even as I remained horrified th I received an advance ebook through NetGalley.The best way to summarize this series is Man in the High Castle with mechas These books are alt history, sci fi, and horror all at once, awesome and yet disturbing.I loved the first book, United States of Japan, and I was excited to read the second book Mecha Samurai Empire To my delight, it was even better than the first book I immediately connected with Mac and wanted him to succeed in his goal to be a mecha pilot, even as I remained horrified the whole time at the vision of the western United States under Japanese rule But as awful as life there us, things are a lot worse with the Nazis living next door Their foul experiments have resulted in mechas with a biological twist.The book is largely a coming of age story like classics such as Ender s Game, but with a lot of trope bending twists Mac is not naturally gifted as a pilot He works at his goal with grit and determination, like a McDonald s employee starting as a janitor and working up to company manager If you read United States of Japan but wanted it to havemecha battles, you get your wish here The book reads incredibly fast thanks to great banter, interesting characters, and well paced action sequences Plus, as someone who grew up with many of the same video game and anime influences as the author, I geeked out over the Easter eggs scattered throughout Great action and characters.Full RTC much better mecha action than usj MSE grows on the strengths of USJ There are many nods back to the original, but definitely a read you can enjoy on its own, without having experienced the first book Peter Tieryas does an excellent job world building The near future we find in the USJ is recognizable and plausible minus the giant war robots, but fingers crossed , and the moderate familiarity with the world around the characters really helps you as the reader enjoy the scenery for what it is, but not let it distract you fr MSE grows on the strengths of USJ There are many nods back to the original, but definitely a read you can enjoy on its own, without having experienced the first book Peter Tieryas does an excellent job world building The near future we find in the USJ is recognizable and plausible minus the giant war robots, but fingers crossed , and the moderate familiarity with the world around the characters really helps you as the reader enjoy the scenery for what it is, but not let it distract you from the drama that the characters are experiencing It s cliche to say but it s impressive that the action in this book actually continues on to the last couple pages of the book I couldn t believe that I had so few pages left and what seemed like major events in the story were still happening If you enjoy giant robots, sci fi, a world full of tension, what if s of historical fiction, and characters that are meaningful because they experience real loss and relatable struggles, this is a must read for you 4.5 I was surprised at how different this book is from United States of Japan I enjoy Manga and this was a fun take on mecha stories I really liked the weird glimpses into its alternate history The new pledge of allegiance was disturbing The book also made me hungry There s a bunch of food in it which is very different I was happy to see Kujira make a return but wished it would have explained how he survived after the incidents of the first book It takes a while to get to Berkeley but the 4.5 I was surprised at how different this book is from United States of Japan I enjoy Manga and this was a fun take on mecha stories I really liked the weird glimpses into its alternate history The new pledge of allegiance was disturbing The book also made me hungry There s a bunch of food in it which is very different I was happy to see Kujira make a return but wished it would have explained how he survived after the incidents of the first book It takes a while to get to Berkeley but the journey is devastating A lot of people die in this book I like violent books Will misfit Makoto Fujimoto realize his dream of being a mecha pilot, with his abysmal grades and war between the United States of Japan and Germany looming in the background I really enjoyed United States of Japan but wantedmecha action Thankfully, this popped up on Netgalley not very long ago I ll probably grab a physical copy to keep on my shelf beside United States of Japan because I liked it quite a bit.Mecha Samurai Empire is part alternate history tale, part coming of age tale, wi Will misfit Makoto Fujimoto realize his dream of being a mecha pilot, with his abysmal grades and war between the United States of Japan and Germany looming in the background I really enjoyed United States of Japan but wantedmecha action Thankfully, this popped up on Netgalley not very long ago I ll probably grab a physical copy to keep on my shelf beside United States of Japan because I liked it quite a bit.Mecha Samurai Empire is part alternate history tale, part coming of age tale, with a generous helping of mecha action Makoto Fujimoto is a misfit when the tale starts, a video gamer war orphan whose dreams of being a mecha pilot keep him going Eventually, he gets there, and sees it isn t quite what he thought it was.Since United States of Japan laid most of the groundwork, this one wasof a character story, believe it or not Mac goes from being a callow kid to a pilot over the course of the book, making friends and blowing a lot of shit up along the way My main gripe with USJ was the lack of mechas This one had about 77%mecha content and it was just the book I wanted to read.Mac was a little passive but a big improvement over Ben Ishimura in the last book Also, it was nice to see Agent Tsukino again Griselda, Nori, Kujira, Kazu, and Chieko made for an interesting supporting cast, all the mecha pilots having fairly colorful personalities I would have strangled Kujira There are all sorts of video game and pop culture Easter eggs, focused through USJ s alternate history lens I caught references to Super Mario Bros 3, Madame Butterfly, Double Dragon, and Megaman II and that was just the tip of the iceberg The mecha combat brought back fond memories of watching Voltron and Robotech after school.Mecha Samurai empire is where Peter Tieryas breaks free of his Man in the High Castle roots and runs wild I m already looking forward to the next book Four out of five stars 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Samurai Empire takes place in the world of Peter Tieryas United States of Japan, an alternate history described as a spiritual successor to The Man in High Castle in which the Japanese won World War II and conquered America While this is the second novel set in the USJ sequence, the author s intention is for each book in the series to be a standalone focusing on a different aspect of this universe, and in the case 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Samurai Empire takes place in the world of Peter Tieryas United States of Japan, an alternate history described as a spiritual successor to The Man in High Castle in which the Japanese won World War II and conquered America While this is the second novel set in the USJ sequence, the author s intention is for each book in the series to be a standalone focusing on a different aspect of this universe, and in the case of this one, our story follows a young man on his journey to become a mecha pilot so he can join the war against the Nazis.The books starts off in the year 1994, and our protagonist Makoto Mac Fujimoto is a Californian teenager who has spent his whole life growing up under the imperial rule of Japan With dreams of one day fighting for his country by joining the mecha corps, he must ace his upcoming Imperial Exams because the program will only accept the best of the best The only problem is, Mac is a terrible student Even with his powerful resolve and the fine skills he shows in the war sims he plays at the arcade and on his portical, his grades simply won t be good enough to get him into one of the most prestigious mecha piloting schools in the world at Berkeley Military Academy.So when his best friend offers him a way to game the exams, it takes Mac great difficulty not to simply give in to the temptation of doing something immoral to get ahead Ultimately though, his refusal to cheat winds up saving his life, even as his dreams of attending Berkeley after graduation lies in tatters Still, there may yet be a way for Mac to become a mecha pilot as a civilian but only if he manages to survive long enough in the dangerous political climate created by escalating tensions between Germany and Japan.After reading United States of Japan and now Mecha Samurai Empire, I ve started to notice that Peter Tieryas has a remarkable l knack for writing about underdog characters and getting the reader to cheer for them Mac is a great example of an underachiever, particularly in the academics, who can still work his way to his goal with strong determination and a good heart Perhaps apropos to this series, his journey also shows that while a disaster can alter the course of your entire life, new opportunities can arise from plans that go awry opportunities that you may have never even considered before.As a result, Mecha Samurai Empire is also a first rate coming of age tale as Mac struggles to find his identity and carve out a role for himself while navigating this world of colonialism, conspiracy, and corruption He discovers that reality isn t as black and white as he s been led to believe He experiences what it s like to be in a real battle and in real danger so very different from the simulation games he plays He learns about love and loss, forging new relationships while also realizing how much his old friends mean to him.But now let s turn to the main reason why you re probably checking out this book the totally badass giant robot on the cover Yes, this story has mechas A lot of them In fact, if you were somewhat disappointed by the relative lack of mecha action in United States of Japan, I think you ll be quite happy with how much of it you get here Inspired by anime and games like Persona, Zone of the Enders, and Metal Gear, Tieryas packs this novel with plenty of thrilling and fast paced battle scenes as well as references to gaming and geek culture, making it perfect for fans of sci fi action and adventure.In addition, the author has greatly expanded his world building in this volume, giving us a look at another one of the many interesting sides to the USJ universe A significant portion of it explores the cold war between the Japanese Empire and Nazi Germany, the latter of which has continued to commit the worst kinds of atrocities Meanwhile, the government in the Unites States is also dealing with a group of rebels known as the George Washingtons, whose goal is to break the country free from the rule of Japan Because of the modern setting, at times it s easy to forget this is an alternate world, but inevitably something always happens to pull you back into this strange and unfamiliar place and remind you that the different outcome of WWII has affected all aspects of culture and society on a global scale.That s also why I was tremendously excited to read Mecha Samurai Empire, because I wanted to knowand explore this alternate timeline further after reading United States of Japan While the two books may share a few thematic similarities due to the fact they both take place in the same world, on the whole they are still vastly different Further, Peter Tieryas has clearly been honing his craft, for I feel that the storytelling and pacing is better in this book andpolished All in all, this was a great read and I hope this is just the beginning ofbooks set in the world of USJ


About the Author: Peter Tieryas

Peter Tieryas is the author of Mecha Samurai Empire Penguin Random House Ace Roc and United States of Japan Hayakawa, Nova , which won Japan s most prestigious science fiction award, The Seiun His books have gotten praise from Buzzfeed, io9 Gizmodo, Kotaku, Kirkus Reviews, Financial Times, Tor.com, Publisher s Weekly, Popular Mechanics, Verge, Wired, Esquire, and Yahoo His writing has been published in Electric Literature, Indiana Review, Kotaku, and ZYZZYVA He has also worked as a technical writer for LucasArts, the late gaming division of LucasFilm, as well as being a VFX artist at Sony and EA You can find him at tieryasDOTwordpressDOTcom as well as traveling the world with his wife.