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Title: Stormdancer
   Author: Jay Kristoff
   Release Date: September 18th, 2012

A DYING LAND     The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever.

     The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

     Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
     But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

My Stance:

     I like the cover a lot and more so than ever the idea of a next great dystopia always excites me. The twist here though is this is a Japanese/Asian culture. It's a twist that I haven't seen done yet, and while the premise seems to be a bit dated, I find that I'm more interested in seeing how the culture and norms differ in this book than to say The Hunger Games or Divergent. There should be a difference, and I'm not trying to be racist, but there is a difference to how the U.S. acts and how China acts; Customs are different, traditions as well. I am looking for stuff like that.

     So the whole premise of the book girl has a power or possesses something that if people find out will kill her for it has been done time and time again. Is the thunder tiger what everyone wants and she has? Please say it's not. I am almost afraid to say I could tell you how this book is going to be, the premise just sounds like something I've already read and lacks originality. Okay it has a new culture theme to it, but boil it down it's still the same premise. I hope I am wrong.
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