Live in Infamy

Live in Infamy by Caroline Tung Richmon
Caroline Tung Richmond
3
Apr 2, 2022

In an alternate reality where the Axis powers won World War Two, current day United States has been taken over by Japanese forces and Europe by the Nazis. Ren Cabot is living in what would be California with only his father, bitter that the government killed his mother after she committed treason. The government is controlling of its people, and is only benefiting those in power, so there are many groups trying to undermine them. Mr. Cabot and Ren run a tailoring store, but slowly become involved with a rebel plan to infiltrate the Fortress, where the government and its officials are housed. When Mr. Cabot gets hurt, Ren must take his place as a contact inside the palace, which turns out to be a greater task than he expected. None of the plans made by the rebels are going quite right, and Ren’s life comes closer to danger every day the more he stays inside the fortress, but his secret may be the only thing that saves him.

The continuation of the war into present times was an interesting spin off of a traditional historical fiction book, however the addition of people having powers was not my favorite because I think it took away from the realistic feel of the story and seemed like it didn’t fit with the overall theme. I would have enjoyed it more if the author chose to keep the weaponry accurate to what you think would be in a war rather than something that seemed too futuristic .Other than that, I enjoyed the story because it continued how the alliance between Japan and Germany would work, and how the goal of the characters was to reinstate the original US government rather than settle under oppression. I would give this a 3 out of 5 stars because I think it needed some more at the end to finish out the story.

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