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It is sometimes scary to think that our society could end! What would you do? Where would you go? And how could you keep yourself moving forward? The Last Bastion takes a look into our world where Japan is thriving with intelligence, funding and is the super power of the world! The author makes you think that there is that possibility where another country would or could be superior then the United States and all the countries around the world.
He fictionalized letters written in the future to see if you can understand that possibility. He gathers this information by using examples from the past and present to combine what could be our future. It's an example how we can learn from mistakes or learn from the triumphs that occurred during those times.
What I liked about the book was the idea of getting me to think about my future. A future where I would be looking for assistance to try and hold onto hope that I was doing the right thing. It's hard to imagine that the country I love would struggle and be so dominated by another country. We have so much to lose and so little to gain. The idea of this fictional book becoming a reality scares me half to death. The author makes it thrilling and at some points convincing that this is the way our future is heading. If we want to change it then we need to act in real life and find those ways to move forward in a positive and hopeful manner.
Overall a good read and hopeful book.
Blencowe blew my mind though because he uses all true historical facts up to 2016 that will draw you in so many times and then further describe how well the new countries are growing and thriving and how all the old super powers have fallen to mob violence, pack mentalities and by far in horrible destruction from all angles. The way Blencowe weaves from former history into new relative fictitious facts and the content of what could happen actually feel a so real it is mesmerizing.
What is also an added bonus with this book, is there are all kinds of websites linked and citings that he uses about current day scenarios that could very likely predict some of the scary fictitious future he outlines in his book. There is a YouTube video in the end of the book that he promotes that was beyond overwhelming to watch because it definitely reminds me of the hate and division in our world today which very well could lead to the demise of many nations and possibly open up this fictional analysis to potential truth one day.
The book goes on to describe the future and buildup of Japan from this first chapter into a very intricate, and at times very complex, description of the country becoming a ruling superpower in the world. During my time spent with the book, I was giggling over Hoshi’s approach to inventing robotic hands to being fascinated by the TRC (Total Robotic Reconstruction) movement. The move from using people in factories to just robots sounded like a science fiction world, but with how technology is moving forward today I can easily see this happening.
I enjoyed the change of tones in the book with each chapter being presented as a written paper from different professionals in their field. The reader is introduced to scientists, journalists, and told through these publications about how Japan has sought out success through smart planning and investments. Along with the downfall of some of today’s superpowers, with a strong emphasis being put on America in almost every chapter.
While I did enjoy the book for the most part, my only real problem is with the rapid change of tone and idealization of Japan. The first 1/3rd of the book read like a comedy to me. The 2/3rd sounded like a true analysis of HOW Japan is superior, with the last third of the book exploring how Japan utilizes labor laws and robotic technology to take over a massive mining operation in Australia.
I do agree with the author in the fact Japan is superior in some aspects when compared to America, but I also feel Japan was idealized far too much. While I do agree individualism is a big problem with America, a complete focus on working in groups and family is not perfect by any means either in Japan’s culture. Instead there should be a balance of the two, but I digress.
Overall, I did enjoy this book. I felt it was well written, researched, and it was entertaining to read about the author’s thoughts on how Japan could potentially become a super power. Certainly worth reading for people who enjoy researching this subject matter.
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