A world where the ideas we express and publish are considered so dangerous, that even stories like Little Red Riding Hood would be taken off of shelves and burned for its "violent content." Imagine a world where libraries and those who recognized this overblown censorship enlisted to fight for our freedom of expression. If you don't see the connection of how branding our entertainment as evil influences over our minds, that humans are so weak willed that they would emulate what books had depicted, then you fail to see what makes this story so important. Kasahara Iku has been waiting to read the last book in a series for 10 YEARS. Iku desperately fights to keep her book. This man becomes such a prominent figure to Iku that she vows to join the Library Defense Force after he saves all of the books from censorship and returns her the book she had been waiting for 10 years to read. Iku is the first woman ever to put the Defense Force as her first choice, she's driven, and she's extremely tall for a Japanese girl, towering over her instructor. It isn't until she gets to know her instructor better, that she realizes he might care more about her than she ever knew, and that her "prince" might be closer than she thought. This is not to say that YA treats you as someone of no intelligence, but I have noticed now just how excessive the use of detail is in our books. This book not licensed in English so there was no way to read it until now. Thankfully, there are footnotes where necessary to inform you of things you should know, such as events in history or why a characters is speaking a certain way and WHY that is important. It's embarrassing and not done in public, so it is a HUGE deal when two character's set up as potential love interests touch someone-not in a dirty way, you dirty minded people! As great as the original work is, this is one of those rare cases where the movie did something better than the book.
The story takes place in Japan in an alternate universe (perhaps the only sci-fi element in the book, although a very minor one, actually) that is very similar to our own, except for the development of censorship laws and library wars. As a result, the Improvement Agency became militaristic and tried to enforce censorship using not just police but actual troops armed with military weaponry. Anyway, the actually story focuses on Iku Kasahara, a woman who decided to join the Library Defense Force after a certain experience she had where a library officer helped her get a book that was about to be destroyed (it was censored for some stupid reason, supposedly "violating human rights" for labeling an old homeless guy a tramp or something like that). The book actually could be much improved by visual descriptions, because that would also create balance between all the intense drama scenes.
Sebuah buku yang menceritakan tentang kebebasan perpustakaan sebagai pusat informasi dan sensor yang melanda media Jepang. Latar belakang buku ini menceritakan tentang seorang wanita muda bernama Kasahara Iku yang menjadi wanita pertama di Jepang yang masuk dalam satuan elit Library Defense Force, Task Force.
Hiro Arikawa won the tenth annual Dengeki Novel Prize for new writers for Shio no Machi: Wish on My Precious in 2003, and the book was published the following year.