I've said it before and I'll say it again: Learning new things is my favorite part about reading. This book opened my eyes to the events in Japan both before and after WWII. The Gods of Heavenly Punishment is told from the point of view of a young Japanese girl, certainly like nothing I've read before.The characters lives are interconnected in interesting, yet plausible, ways. The men and women that people this story are convincing and genuine. Days after reading this I can't stop thinking of them.This book offers an unflinching look at the horrors of war. You'll find yourself holding your breath during the firebombing of Tokyo. Cody Epstein doesn't focus on the atrocities as much as on the relationships between people devastated by the events.Ambitious and breathtaking, The Gods of Heavenly Punishment is not to be missed.