I was sent this book through NetGalley and Yen Press in exchange for an honest review – big thanks to them for sending me a copy!
Author: Mamoru Hosoda
Genre: Entertainment, General Fiction (Adult)
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication date: 30th October 2018
Little Kun isn’t too happy about the latest addition to his family. With the arrival of a new baby sister in the house, he worries his parents may not love him as much as they used to… But when a teenage girl shows up and tells Kun that she is his sister from the future, it may be that there’s more to this new relationship than Kun ever could’ve dreamed!
- I usually enjoy books or movies with whimsical or fantastical plots and in this regard, Mirai certainly delivered. The book is from the perspective of a young boy named Kun and how the entire dynamic shifts when his younger sister, Mirai is born. Kun starts misbehaving and running away outside, and it’s on one such adventure that he meets a girl who seems oddly familiar, it’s his little sister, grown up and from the future!
- I’m a huge fan of Studio Ghibli films, and this was very reminiscent of a Ghibli story, from the young protagonist to the magical elements involving time travel as well as the animals and other things within the story.
- It was a cute story and I enjoyed reading it, although I did find it slightly odd that this is marked as general fiction for adults as I think it’s slightly more geared towards a Teen or Y/A audience.
- The dialogue and writing in general reads a bit more like a screenplay in my opinion, as it’s not heavily descriptive and I feel like it would work better in animated form. It was a bit more simplistic than I would like normally.
Overall, Mirai was a sweet story with a good moral theme, however I think I would enjoy watching the film version more than reading the book so I probably wouldn’t pick this up again.
★★★ – 3 star rating
Does Mirai sound like a book or film you’d be interested in? Or do you prefer more realist or adult plots? Would love to chat in the comments!
Until next time,