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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Ancient folklore bolsters this Himalayan adventure that takes place after a nuclear winter. Opportunities to discuss what can be done to prevent nuclear war.
It's important to learn about the past, to prevent future tragedies. Family is important, to ground people as they leave home.
Positive Role Models
Karma always behaves with his village's best interests in mind. He still believes he should be loyal to the memory of his father, missing more than a decade. He works to prevent the death of the Earth.
Set in the Himalayas in some unspecified future time, Karma of the Sun features a Tibetan main character, Karma, who's admirable, relatable, and never portrayed as an Asian stereotype. Other characters are presumed Tibetan as well. They follow a version of Buddhism, which may not be accurate.
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Violence & Scariness
Karma is often in physical danger and carries a blade and a dagger to protect himself. He uses them in one particular brutal fight scene. The violence is sometimes disturbing, as when Karma's band of allies is attacked by wolves and one of the major supporting characters is killed. There's a constant threat of nuclear war.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-sexual nudity when Karma and Nima are stripped when taken prisoner.
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Swearing limited to a few instances of "damn," "hell," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A minor character drinks alcohol mixed with viper blood.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Karma of the Sun is a fantasy novel set in the Himalayas at some undetermined time in the future, after a nuclear winter. Author Brandon Ying Kit Boey concocts a quest to save the entire world from total destruction. Swearing is limited to a few instances of "damn," "hell," and "bastard." One scene features someone drinking a cocktail of alcohol and cobra blood. There's non-sexual nudity in a scene where Karma and Nami are stripped when taken prisoner. One young character is killed by wolves, and there are other scenes of strong violence, including a particular brutal fight scene where a boy uses a blade and a dagger to protect himself.
Is It Any Good?
The Himalayas make for vivid action, and this thoughtful fantasy is a solid debut. In Karma of the Sun, author Brandon Ying Kit Boey concocts a post-nuclear adventure that resonates with ancient magic and spirituality. The main character is both admirable and relatable, and never portrayed as an Asian stereotype. Adventurous readers will be rewarded.
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