Summertime of the Dead by Gregory Hughes

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Hughes is betting the farm...on the reader's willingness to cope with this emotionally stunted narration. I struggled with it at first.
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Yukio's two best friends are dead. Tormented and blackmailed by the Yakuza - the Japanese mafia - they have taken their own lives. Yukio is a kendo champion and he knows all the stories of the samurai. Heartbroken and furious, he is determined to avenge the deaths of his beloved Hiroshi and Miko. And so begins a deadly struggle between Yukio and the Yakuza, and between Yukio's capacity for love, and his thirst for revenge. Shot through with the beauty of Tokyo in spring, this is an unforgettable and uncompromising read.
 

About Gregory Hughes

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Gregory Hughes was born in Liverpool, the eighth child in a family of nine. Expelled from school, he spent several years in a home for wayward boys. He has since travelled the world working in a variety of jobs. His first novel, Unhooking the Moon, won the Booktrust Teenage Prize in 2010. He now lives in Los Angeles.
 
Published August 30, 2012 by Quercus Children's Books. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Mal Peet on Sep 28 2012

Hughes is betting the farm...on the reader's willingness to cope with this emotionally stunted narration. I struggled with it at first.

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