Truancy

Truancy

by Isamu Fukui
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Truancy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Audrey_DePew More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK ROCKED MY SOCKS SO HARD I CRIED WHEN I FINISHED IT BECUASE THERE WASN'T ANY MORE TO READ!!! I was in my PE class when I finally finished it during a "silent reading" session, and I wanted to ask my teacher to let me go outside so I could scream off the top of my lungs. THAT'S how freaking awsome this book is. My boyfriend was hearing about this book for a couple weeks, and I still am just overcome with the feeling of awesome every time I think of this book. This is NOT normally the type of book I would read, as it does go into very descriptive fighting scenes, BUT I was addicted, and read every last word anyways. I literally started to think like a truant, I swear this book is laced with poison that makes you FEEL like the characters because it is so well written. I cannot say enough good about this book. My #1 favorite book OF ALL TIME.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To a school, truancy is a school's worst nightmare. In Truancy, by Isamu Fukui, it can also be a school's deadliest one. Isamu Fukui uses a 15 year old teenager to draw in readers and hook their interest. Fukui relates the main character to problems anyone could relate to, and he adds action and adventure along with personal conflict to keep a reader hooked to the end. Anyone within the age group of thirteen to seventeen would be interested with Truancy. The story is one full of action and adventure. Truancy is about a fifteen year old teenager named Tack. He lives in a place only known as the City. The school system, although unknown to him, is meant to demoralize and destabilize him until he is so worn down he is willing to obey. The school system was developed to create obedient citizens. But some kids were rebellious. A group called the Truancy, led by a mysterious boy Zyid, attacks and kills with cold efficiency. Although these attacks are obvious, the Mayor, leader of the City, keeps the attacks and the Truancy themselves secret. Tack loses a person close in his life during a Truancy assassination, and he runs off to join the Truancy to kill the person who killed the person in his life. The author stunningly uses personal problems with action thrown in at every turn. He presents the story through Tack, guiding us through his feelings as well as a hail of bullets. Truancy's characters revolve around the setting only known as the City. The City is the general location for the entire book. It is where the City Government, known as the Educators, and the police and military force, known as the Enforcers, are fighting the rebellion of the Truancy. Fukui uses local color and describes the City as just that, a city. A New York type place where the living districts are bustling, the abandoned ones are havens for vagrants, and children are considered to not be worth the time to look after. The characters in Truancy know the City as well as anyone. There is Tack, the protagonist who struggles with personal conflicts of mentor's teachings, conflicts over loyalties. The Mayor, who is the antagonist, is a person with a huge temper, rules with an iron fist, and fights the Truancy and all who stand for it. There is Umasi, Tack's friend, mentor and teacher, who is wise and skillful in body and mind, but exiles himself and chooses to be a pacifist. Zyid, the leader of the Truancy, is a cold-blooded killer and appears to have no emotions, heart, or conscience whatsoever. Standing beside Zyid is Noni, who owes her life to Zyid, but although she draws strength off of him, she appears just as cold-blooded as Zyid. Fukui describes these characters as they are introduced, and he uses their actions, not their words or thoughts, to form and shape them. So, Truancy by Isamu Fukui is an amazing book. Fukui develops his plot, setting, and characters masterfully, and uses many techniques to form his unique writing style. I would recommend this book definitely to teenagers, because it is a book that would capture their interests and still give them that feeling of not reading. Isamu Fukui takes the book and writes one so that only at every pause to turn the page do you realize that you are not in Tack's world, only reading it.
Snowwirl_of_Iceclan More than 1 year ago
I love this book i don't know why... Well anyways what a great book i just love how the truancy fights against the city it was a bit sad when_________ died because Tack got really sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Isamu Fukui's Truancy has brought sadness, happiness and laughter to my entire being. His writing may soon be compared with names such as Tolkien, Rowling and Richard Adams when it comes to fantasy writing. Isamu's first novel is a swift kick in the rump to the ordinary school system. It turns your perspective of the school system upside down and inside out. The story takes place in an alternate world, where a city's mayor holds a tight grip on its school system by controlling everything that happens within it. Those who oppose the mayor and his tyranny over the city and schools are a group of former students, expelled from the system, known as The Truancy. The story's main character is Tack, a 15-year-old boy who is overworked in school and at home. His days are bulging with 'slightly' evil teachers, bullies and parents who seem indifferent to him as their child. Tack then meets a mysterious boy running a lemonade stand in a deserted part of the city. He begins to look to the boy as a mentor and, more importantly, as a friend. But when Tack's sister is murdered before his own eyes, everything changes. Tack infiltrates The Truancy, and soon finds himself torn between his motives and his sympathy for the truants. Truancy was written in a month's time during a summer vacation when Fukui was 15. Now 16, he has won a National Gold Award and a Regional Gold Key for separate short stories in the science fiction/fantasy category of the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. It's two of many awards the teenage writer has won. This is an exquisite example of writing and knowledge of the English language. It makes you feel emotions along with the main character, as well as making you feel as if you could be there with all of them. It is a book that I would most likely read again. I reccomend this book to all young readers. It gives you a since of knowlodge that you dont get everyday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike Eragon (another book written by a young writer)which ripped off every fantasy cliche it could, Truancy is TOTALLY original! Education as a mechanism for control and repression, with the iron fisted Mayor in charge and even a slight sign of resistance resulting in vagrancy leading to death. Exciting battles between Truants and the Educators, extremely interesting warrior traning, the quest for revenge, and even a delicate touch of romance...... Once I started to read, I couldn't put it down. I read it in one sitting! I can't wait to read the sequel that the author says he has already written. One thing which worries me is this: Is the author on some kind of black list at his school? I understand he is at Stuyvesant HS. Without even finishing the book, the English teacher comes out here and trash it is beyond anybody's imagination. The mere fact that one of his students wrote 400 pages book and got it published should make any teacher proud, no? What kind of school is Stuyvesant? Scary! No wonder Truancy was written! I sincerely hope he is not in serious trouble in his school because of this great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I sit, smiling ear to ear, holding a book unlike any other. Isamu Fukui's Truancy has brought sadness, happiness and laughter to my entire being. His writing may soon be compared with names such as Tolkien, Rowling and Richard Adams when it comes to fantasy writing. Isamu's first novel is a swift kick in the rump to the ordinary school system. It turns your perspective of the school system upside down and inside out. The story takes place in an alternate world, where a city's mayor holds a tight grip on its school system by controlling everything that happens within it. Those who oppose the mayor and his tyranny over the city and schools are a group of former students, expelled from the system, known as The Truancy. The story's main character is Tack, a 15-year-old boy who is overworked in school and at home. His days are bulging with 'slightly' evil teachers, bullies and parents who seem indifferent to him as their child. Tack then meets a mysterious boy running a lemonade stand in a deserted part of the city. He begins to look to the boy as a mentor and, more importantly, as a friend. But when Tack's sister is murdered before his own eyes, everything changes. Tack infiltrates The Truancy, and soon finds himself torn between his motives and his sympathy for the truants. Truancy was written in a month's time during a summer vacation when Fukui was 15. Now 16, he has won a National Gold Award and a Regional Gold Key for separate short stories in the science fiction/fantasy category of the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. It's two of many awards the teenage writer has won. This is an exquisite example of writing and knowledge of the English language. It makes you feel emotions along with the main character, as well as making you feel as if you could be there with all of them. It is a book that I would most likely read again.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Mayor rules the city through the subtle use of the Bureaucracy starting with students whose minds and behavior are shaped to the mayor¿s ideal of perfection. Every pupil is brainwashed until as adults they do the same things to their offspring who are students. This has led to a totalitarian society in which the Enforcers make sure the students follow the rules those who fail to conform are expelled to live as homeless waifs. One former student saw the Mayor, his Educators and the Enforcers as tyrants. He and other disenfranchised and disenchanted students formed the Truancy who chose to live in a free world. Fifteen years old Tack is stunned when the Truancy Leader Zyid kills his sister in what he calls ¿collateral damage¿ he vows to kill Zyid. He joins the Truancy in order to accomplish his quest and though he has chances he hesitates because without Zyid the Truancy, who is family to him, dies. Tack, Zyid and their enemy will soon confront each other with no telling who if any will walk away. --- Mindful of Huxley¿s Big Brother and Pink Floyd¿s ¿Another Brick in the Wall¿, Isamu Fukui shows what happens to a society when a dictatorship centrally controls the entire education process especially what is learned. Zyid may be a young teen, but he is a pragmatist who believes bloodshed must occur to bring fear into the hearts of the Mayor, the Educator and their inner circle in order to incite a rebellion. Tack is his opposite as an idealist willing to die for his beliefs, but preferring change without bloodshed.. Readers will be enthralled by this meaningful story focusing on the impact of corrupt leaders controlling all communication starting when the citizens are young pupils. --- Harriet Klausner
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This book is definitly a solid 9 out of 10. Entertaining read.
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Great overall book, its crazy watching tack's character change over time
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Isamu Fukui is a genius.
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