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It is not a long book, it has less than a hundred pages and I read it in a week, more or less. Its author, Andrew Blencowe has a nice writing style. But as I got not so engaged in the story I did not read it quicker. This work of fiction makes you speculate about what would happen in the future and in some aspects one tends to end up believing that this may happen.
I would recommend reading it.
The book started off strong to me. It made me really reconsider my opinion on the culture of most Americans. Ultimately, I had to remind myself that this is a work of fiction because I disagree with most of the author’s conclusions. As I made my way through the book, I found it to be quite repetitive in the theme, almost like the author is trying to beat you on the head with how “bad” western nations are. I particularly disagree with the notion that women only work to make more money and buy more things. As a career oriented mother whose salary is not really needed, this really rubbed me the wrong way.
Overall, this book may challenge your thoughts and could upset you of you don’t read with an open mind.
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.