“I love young adult fiction. It is at its best when it asks the reader to go beyond the expectations of the category of ‘young adult’ while embracing the limitations of the genre. Darkest Light, the companion book to Hiromi Goto’s Half World, is a remarkable book, unusual in that the antagonist of the first book becomes the protagonist of the second (with all the complications that entails, all the moral consequences). The fantastical elements of the work bring a sense of horror and wonder and Gee is a hero/past villain who will make you question the dichotomies of good and evil. A truly wise book.”
Tamai Kobayashi is working on a collection of stories for young adults. Prairie Ostrich, her first novel, was published in spring 2014.