Live in Infamy
Return to the world of The Only Thing to Fear! In the eighty years since the Axis powers won World War II with their genetically engineered super soldiers, America has changed drastically in the hands of the unforgiving victors. But there are still those who aspire to what the country used to stand for: freedom for all.In the Western American Territories, Chinese American Ren Cabot has lost nearly everything to Imperial Japan's rule. After the public execution of his mom for treason five years ago, Ren lives under constant scrutiny of the Empire, afraid that one wrong step will rip apart what remains of his family for good. However, when a chance encounter with a resistance group offers Ren an opportunity to save lives and quite possibly topple the government, he agrees to their deadly plot. But his role will lead him straight into the heart of enemy, and if caught, death would be a much better fate than what the Empire will do to him . . .

Live in Infamy Details

TitleLive in Infamy
Author
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherScholastic
ISBN-139781338111095
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult, Alternate History

Live in Infamy Review

  • Katherine Wren
    January 1, 1970
    I could not bring myself to finish this book.I was so excited for the premise of this book. A "what-if" alternate history where Japan controlled the western half of the United States after defeating the US in World War II sounded fresh and original. Unfortunately, this book isn't really alternate history at all. I was expecting competing ideologies and a look at how 80 years of exposure to Japanese ideals might change America. I was hoping to see a broader look at the rest of the world if Japan I could not bring myself to finish this book.I was so excited for the premise of this book. A "what-if" alternate history where Japan controlled the western half of the United States after defeating the US in World War II sounded fresh and original. Unfortunately, this book isn't really alternate history at all. I was expecting competing ideologies and a look at how 80 years of exposure to Japanese ideals might change America. I was hoping to see a broader look at the rest of the world if Japan and Germany were the world's leading countries. This book might use the premise of alternate history, but it's nearly pure fantasy and science fiction. Super-Soldiers (like X-Men or Avengers) keep the Japanese controlled Western American Territories in order and boil people's blood with a touch of a finger. I couldn't buy into this. Also, the leaders of the resistance movements in both the West and the East are sixteen year-olds with no adult council or mentorship to be found. I'm all about young adult literature starring young adults, but I just didn't find this premise, along with the superpowered soldiers to be believable in an alternate history. If this book was pure fantasy in another world that didn't try to masquerade as originating from our own world, I might have felt a little better about this book and tried to finish it.As it stands, it's just not for me. I'll keep it in my classroom library. I have students that might like it. I do approve of the biracial characters who step up and do what has to be done. The book isn't without at least some merit. I only wish it had stuck to the plot it promised and gone down in cliches or tried to tackle so many genres.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    This book was sent to me as part of the Scholastic Preview pack for the Spring 2018 Book Fair.I was not sure what to expect from this book. I knew it was an alternate version of historical fiction (the idea of what the US would be like if the Axis powers had won WWII), but I did not realize that it would have so much science fiction in it as well. In this alternate universe, the Axis powers are able to win the war because of the Ronan Elite, a group of soldiers who have genetically enhanced powe This book was sent to me as part of the Scholastic Preview pack for the Spring 2018 Book Fair.I was not sure what to expect from this book. I knew it was an alternate version of historical fiction (the idea of what the US would be like if the Axis powers had won WWII), but I did not realize that it would have so much science fiction in it as well. In this alternate universe, the Axis powers are able to win the war because of the Ronan Elite, a group of soldiers who have genetically enhanced powers (think X-Men style: creating lightning, boiling blood, being able to fly, etc). At the time of the story, the US has been divided into three sections and the Western American Territories are controlled by Imperial Japan. It is here that Ren lives and works after the execution of his mother 5 years ago. He finds himself swept up in the Resistance movement and becomes part of the plot to free the prisoners on Alcatraz and to stop the experiments taking place there. Overall I liked it, but it did seem far-fetched and the plot was a little thin at times. Also, at the end, I wasn't sure if it was THE END or if there was a sequel, which was disconcerting. I think my students will enjoy it though and I am looking forward to recommending it later this week.
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  • Laura C.
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a pretty good book. I like to read historical fiction based around WWII, and this book was definitely a good choice on my part. I really loved how quickly paced this book was, and how there were so many plot twists mixed into each chapter. The action and bloodshed was perfectly executed!The cover pulled me in right away! The Axis power flags and the blood red color popped out on the bookshelf. I also read the beginning of the book, and was instantly surprised. So much death! :)Over This book was a pretty good book. I like to read historical fiction based around WWII, and this book was definitely a good choice on my part. I really loved how quickly paced this book was, and how there were so many plot twists mixed into each chapter. The action and bloodshed was perfectly executed!The cover pulled me in right away! The Axis power flags and the blood red color popped out on the bookshelf. I also read the beginning of the book, and was instantly surprised. So much death! :)Overall, I would recommend this book to any WWII fanatics like me, and people who either like or can deal with lots of bloodshed and heartbreak. There is a lot of suspense, and the ending is like a cliffhanger.
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  • Chris Heffernan
    January 1, 1970
    I checked this book out because alternative histories fascinate me. However, this book really left the alternative history genre and went in a science fiction direction. People who can fly, control minds, and inflict pain with a touch of fingers isn't really what I was looking for.
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  • Klyon
    January 1, 1970
    It really captured my attention. Great Middle School book.
  • Kaili
    January 1, 1970
    One of the best books I have ever read. My mouth was constantly dropping because of all of the twists.
  • Alex Xiao
    January 1, 1970
    i need a sequel this was great
  • Rodney Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    Counterpart to "The Only Thing to Fear." I enjoyed it but I did not enjoy it as much as the first book. It follows the same basic plot line as the first, just changing how everyone is intertwined. The interesting twist is when the author brings in characters from the first book into this one. Those characters play a role in the last part of this book as well. I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the first installment, and will be looking for a third installment if there is one Counterpart to "The Only Thing to Fear." I enjoyed it but I did not enjoy it as much as the first book. It follows the same basic plot line as the first, just changing how everyone is intertwined. The interesting twist is when the author brings in characters from the first book into this one. Those characters play a role in the last part of this book as well. I would still recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the first installment, and will be looking for a third installment if there is one to come out in the future.
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