Okay, first of all, I just loved, loved, loved this book. And I'm still sad about the series not having a third book. D; Kara Dalkey must have done a lot of studying of Japan and Japanese Mythology, and I admire her hard work. I myself write a Dystopian/Furturistic book because I wouldn't have the patience to study what happened back then. Give it up for Kara Dalkey!