1Q84 Book 2 - Haruki Murakami

"Someone once said that nothing costs more and yields less benefit than revenge," Aomame said.

"But this is not a fiction. It's the real word."

Tamaru squinted his eyes and looked deeply into Aomame's face. Then he opened his mouth slowly, "Who knows?"

This book, 1Q84 Book 2, continues right after the first book and things are just getting more and more interesting. Aomame and Tengo, the two main characters of the book, find themselves in greater threat than they previously thought. There's so much happening in the book. The Little People are now moving in the shadow. Fuka-Eri takes Tengo to the Town of Cats. Aomame finally confronts the Leader of Sakigake cult. The stakes are higher now and there's literally no way to turn back to their old world. There are two moons in this world now and they have nothing else but each other.

The writer of the book, Haruki Murakami is known for his writings that were greatly influenced by Western culture. These influences are what said to distinguish him from other Japanese's writer. I never read any Japanese's writers' books to proof the saying, but after reading two of his books, I must agree with them. There are indeed many Western's culture references in the book. But, I think that's not what make his books popular with many audiences around the world. It's his ability to tell a story about people that truly makes them great. Exposing the characters to their own weaknesses and making them vulnerable for audiences to actually relate to them.  

Overall, this second part is even better than the first part, and I can't wait to read the third one.

1Q84 Book 2
Haruki Murakami
First Published
May 2009