his one originated off some beautiful (but confusing) anime I’d viewed. Having just read All you need is Kill (which I only now realize I haven’t reviewed yet), I noticed on their website that two Yukikaze books were available. Okay, so I’d enjoyed Kill so much (Japanese scifi) that I figured I’d pick them up.
Enough about me. Yukikaze is about our world, fifteen minutes into the future. A strange hyperspace portal appears over Antarctica and out of it comes the JAM. We’ve only seen their fighters and bombers, never figured out who they were or what they are. The Earth forces manage to push the JAM back through the portal and find themselves on the planet Faery, with its strange lands and greenish skies and binary sun (we really don’t know where the actual planet really is). Forward bases are established, an international air force is based there, and the long war begins.
Thirty years later, it’s still going on. Earth really doesn’t even remember much about it (the leaders do, but the populace has moved on to other things). And so Rei Kukai continues the war, flying his Super Sylph named “Yukikazi”, fights on and on. Yukikazi is a massive fighting/recon fighter, so over-computered that it actually can outthink him at times. And Rei has abandonment issues, from his broken family to his showed-her-back girlfriend, and now the only thing he believes in is his plane.
Still, who (or what) are the JAM? Why is there dogfight after dogfight? And why, with the Faery Air Force and the JAM locked in total technological warfare, is Earth so far behind?
I was really taken by this book. Where the show can’t decide if it’s Top Gun or Dawn of the Living Dead, the book is clear and concise. It opens up a number of ideas (as good scifi should) about man, his role in technological war, and if he is even important to its outcome. It was certainly a surprisingly deep and exciting novel, one which I really enjoyed. You can find it easy enough, especially through the link below.
And as Yukikazi says on his display.