Since its initial publication in 1973, Sakyo Komatsu’s nightmarish scenario in which Japan literally sinks into the ocean. Admittedly, for many this dystopic future might be considered a utopian ideal, but the underlying thematic thrust behind the narrative is that it is man and his abject hubris that he can control the forces of the natural world which is behind the unthinkable. On the surface, Japan Sinks reads quickly like an Irwin Allen disaster movie set to prose. It is only in the aftermath as the reality of what you just read sinks in that the revelation dawns you have just put down a dystopian novel.
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