Modern Asian Women Protagonists in Literature – Part 2
The second edition of our literary journey to find Asian women protagonists by modern day writers, kicks off with another novel by the excellent F.C. Lee. In the first episode of our blog another novel by F.C.Lee was featured and this book takes off where that left off.
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
F.C.Lee sets off again to find her heroine a decent college that she can enroll in. Genie is the heroine and a studious girl, but she is aghast when she discovers she is actually a powerful celestial spirit and this fact is going to change her life forever. A Chinese exchange student named Quentin is particularly interested in Genie and tries to assert his attentions on her to nurture her powers and to accept who she really is. As the suburb that they both live in comes under attack from hell-spawn, Quentin works tirelessly with Genie to repel the invaders. The novel actually pulls part of ancient Chinese folklore into the narrative, and Genie is a larger than life heroine in an absurd situation of student come supernatural hero. The tale is engaging from start to finish and a great yarn.
This futuristic epic tale by Axie Oh is set in 2199 in East Pacific after a great war. The setting is in a new brutal Seoul where street combat marks the status of a person. Out of this chaos a leader appears called Lee Jaewon who is a rising star in the academy. The Neo Seoul new government has a super soldier project, where heroine Tera is enrolled. The project trains the cadets for one purpose, and that is to pilot one of the lethal Gold Machines that will continue a never-ending robot war. Tera and Lee join forces when Lee becomes her pilot partner, and bit by bit their respect for one another turns into love. Lee increasingly becomes disillusioned with the government and the brutal regime it has become, and a question of loyalty comes to the fore. Lee is increasingly disturbed by human beings being treated like weapons, and soon his loyalty is brought into question and he must decide which side to support, a brutal and oppressive government or a rebel of the people. This Sci-Fi thriller is a futuristic tale of love amid a battle-torn and violent background.
A Line in the Dark
Malinda Lo describes her book by describing that the line between friendship and lovers is always crossed in the dark. Jess and Angie are best friends, but Jess feels more than just friendship towards Angie. Jess is quite often ignored, she is familiar to being in the background with nobody noticing her. But a new relationship begins to form between Angie and a boarding school student Margot Adams. Jess sees the relationship blossoming and grows increasingly jealous of the affair. Finally, the inevitable darkness descends on the threesome and murder becomes apparent. A powerful story of loyalty, love and tragic murder is narrated in the pages of this most engaging novel.