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Samurai Summer

By Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Swedish summer camp thriller gets lost in translation.

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Samurai Summer is as short on plot as it is intriguing characters. The characters in this story are definitely mysterious, but that's only because the reader never gets any information about them. Unfortunately, most of the book is a detailed account of the terrible meals served in the mess hall and fog rolling in over the lake rather than the development of a more concrete story. Atmospheric details are great when paired with a compelling theme that builds to an exciting climax. Samurai Summer has a sinister energy but lacks any action until the final pages, which will still leave readers asking themselves, "What have I just learned?"

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