Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Debut Showcase: Truancy by Isamu Fukui

TRUANCY (Amazon USA, UK, Canada)
by Isamu Fukui


In an alternate world, in a nameless totalitarian city, the autocratic Mayor rules the school system with an iron fist, with the help of his Educators. Fighting against the Mayor and his repressive Educators is a group of former students called the Truancy, whose goal is to take down the system by any means possible—at any cost.

Against this backdrop, fifteen-year-old Tack is just trying to survive. His days are filled with sadistic teachers, unrelenting schoolwork, and indifferent parents. Things start to look up when he meets Umasi, a mysterious boy who runs a lemonade stand in an uninhabited district.

Then someone close to Tack gets killed in the crossfire between the Educators and the Truants, and Tack swears vengeance. To achieve his purpose, he abandons his old life and joins the Truancy. There, he confronts Zyid, an enigmatic leader with his own plans for Tack. But Tack soon finds himself torn between his desire for vengeance and his growing sympathy for the Truants...

Wow; the author wrote this when he was fifteen! Check out some further blurbage from Tor:

Isamu Fukui wrote Truancy during the summer of his fifteenth year. The author’s purpose is not just to entertain, but to make a statement about the futility of the endless cycle of violence in the world as well as the state of the educational system. And, as he put it, “I need to be in school myself if I want to write about it.”

All the world loves a wunderkind (or do they?) so it's no surprise that this novel has garnered some attention already, as you can see at the main page of the author's site. I can imagine that teenagers love reading books by actual teenagers. My own high school years were highly positive, so I'm not sure I would be able to identify with this novel.


Raven said...

LOL! My first thought when I started reading the blurb was, "Wow, some teen writer is having a bad time in high school." Lo and behold, I was right. :)

No offense to Isamu Fukui and more power to him, but I hate wunderkinds (wunderkinder? some other plural?). They make me feel old, grumpy, and unsuccessful. *sigh*

Tia Nevitt said...

Oh, you're right. "Wunderkinder" would be the proper German plural, I do believe. Very good.

Heck, when I was in high school, I never tried to do something like that. I was too busy trying to be an artist, and not very successfully.

Robert said...

I think it sounds fun :) Is on my pile...

CaroleMcDonnell said...

oh my!!! This sounds good. I love normal YA issues up against flaky weird world spec-fic backdrop. -C

Tia Nevitt said...

I'd love to know if you buy it, Carole.

intellectual ammo said...

I read this novel shortly after it was published on March 4. The author has said to us on his forum that he has written a prequel to this novel and that it will be a trilogy. To discuss this novel, freedom in education and much more come on over to this forum. I'm intellectual ammo: