Dec. 23rd, 2012

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Let's be honest: I think that a lot of us are starting to get pretty tired of the glut of plucky-young-heroine-versus-unjust-dystopian-future novels currently flooding the YA market. Including me. Having said that, however, I have to confess that I am tremendously enjoying Yusuke Kishi's Shin Sekai Yori ("From the New World"). And I mostly enjoy it because it (for the most part) avoids a lot of the cliched narrative traps that so many English YA novels and Japanese light novels fall into.

First of all, Shin Sekai Yori is NOT, actually, a light novel. It clocks in at over 900 pages total, and to quote Gaston: "There are no pictures!" Nevertheless, it IS intended to be a young adult novel, which is probably why its second edition was split into three parts and marketed as three "light" novels in Japan.

And boy, does this one have a doozy of a high-concept premise. IN THE FUTURE: All human beings are born with incredible psychokinetic potential. And wow, does that fucking suck.

Much more behind the cut, including some non-major spoilers )