Name of the book: Empire of the Sun
Genre: War, Coming of Age
Book publish year: 1985
Rating (out of 5): 4
Brief intro: Jim is separated from his parents in a world at war. To survive, he must find a strength greater than all the events that surround him.
Shanghai, 1941 -- a city aflame from the fateful torch of Pearl Harbor. In streets full of chaos and corpses, a young British boy searches in vain for his parents. Imprisoned in a Japanese concentration camp, he is witness to the fierce white flash of Nagasaki, as the bomb bellows the end of the war...and the dawn of a blighted world.
Ballard's enduring novel of war and deprivation, internment camps and death marches, and starvation and survival is an honest coming-of-age tale set in a world thrown utterly out of joint.
Review: Very descriptive, but in a way works well considering the brutal reality the main character has to deal with. Made me sad, there are dark moments, but it's a good book.