It has been an extremely hectic couple of weeks so I haven’t been updating as much as I’d like to. USJ is very close, and because of that, there’s been a stream of blog posts, interviews, articles, and miscellaneous agenda items that have sucked up any free time I have. It’s been great, of course, though also a nervous time as I await the release date. In the mean time, I wanted to share the second excerpt of USJ. The prologue takes place in the past, whereas this is where the book starts proper in 1989:
The original opening of United States of Japan began at this excerpted section, set in the alternate 1988. One of the two main characters, Beniko Ishimura, is an officer in the Japanese Empire enjoying a traveling circus from Beiping (the city wasn’t renamed to Beijing in history until after Japan’s defeat in WWII). I ended up adding a prologue following Ben’s parents, but this is where the story really begins.
Human experimentation was a dark part of the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII and in this timeline, that never stopped. Bio-organic and genetic integration of technology with human biochemistry is an accepted part of life.
Big thanks to B&N for hosting this second excerpt and hope it gives a better glimpse into the strange world of USJ.