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Winner of the 2009 Seiun Award and the Japan SF Award
IN A PERFECT WORLD, THERE IS NO ESCAPE
In the future, Utopia has finally been achieved thanks to medical nanotechnology and a powerful ethic of social welfare and mutual consideration. This perfect world isn't that perfect though, and three young girls stand up to totalitarian kindness and super-medicine by attempting suicide via starvation. The plan fails, but one of the girls—Tuan Kirie—grows up to be a member of the World Health Organization. As a crisis threatens the harmony of the new world, Tuan rediscovers another member of her suicide pact, and together they must help save the planet...from itself.
About the author:
Keikaku (Project) Itoh was born in Tokyo in 1974. He graduated from Musashino Art University. In 2007, he debuted with Gyakusatsu Kikan (Genocidal Organs) and took first prize in the "Best SF of 2007" in SF Magazine. He is also the author of Metal Gear Solid: Guns of the Patriots, a Japanese-language novel based on the popular video game series. After a long battle with cancer, Itoh passed away in March 2009. Itoh wrote Harmony while in the hospital receiving treatment for the disease.
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I was glad to see digital versions of viz books, but this one is full of what looks like HTML codes.... I guess they need a bit more work.
This is a very interesting spin on "future books". It was fun to read, although I would appreciate it if the typos were fixed. Also, as far as the HTML code goes, it's intentional. Makes sense in the context of this story, but could do with quote tags around them.
Emotional Textual Markup Language, not HTML
The story of HARMONY is told partially via ETML–"Emotional Textual Markup Language"–consisting of HTML-like tags and keywords. This formal construct certainly takes a bit of getting used to, appearing as it does interspersed throughout HARMONY's prose. But it is intentional, not a publishing glitch (as another reviewer commented). The original (Japanese) edition of HARMONY also contains similar sections.
That said, I really enjoyed HARMONY.