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Saturn Apartments, Vol. 7, 7

Hisae Iwaoka

A touching, character-rich vision of an intriguing new world.

Far in the future, humankind has evacuated the earth in order to preserve it. Humans now reside in a gigantic structure that forms a ring around the earth, thirty-five kilometers up in the sky. The society of the Ring is highly stratified: the higher the floor, the greater the status. Mitsu, the lowly son of a window washer, has just graduated junior high. When his father disappears and is assumed dead, Mitsu must take on his father's occupation. As he struggles with the transition to working life, Mitsu's job treats him to an outsider's view into the living-room dioramas of the Saturn Apartments.

The Ring System, a structure constructed in space when Earth was abandoned as an environmental preserve, contains a society divided by money and status. Mitsu, a sixteen-year-old lower-level window washer whose father was killed when he fell from the surface of the Ring, struggles to define his role in this stifling and segregated civilization. Unsafe living conditions and unrest among the residents ravage the lower levels, but Mitsu and his colleagues also struggle with loneliness and thwarted ambitions. In the final volume of Saturn Apartments, Mitsu must decide whether he will descend to the surface of the earth in an experimental device and attempt to change the fate of the Ring System forever.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Viz Media
  • Publish Date: May 21st, 2013
  • Pages: 264
  • Language: English
  • Edition: Original -
  • Dimensions: 8.20in - 5.70in - 1.00in - 0.80lb
  • EAN: 9781421552682
  • Recommended age: 13-17
  • Categories: Manga - Science FictionScience Fiction

About the Author

Iwaoka, Hisae: - Hisae Iwaoka is the creator of several one-shot manga, including Hana Boro (Flower Cookies) and Shiroi Kumo (White Clouds), both of which were serialized in IKKI magazine. A noted artist and illustrator, her art installations have been displayed internationally in the group show "Tokyo Girls Bravo," curated by Takashi Murakami. Saturn Apartments is her most recent series.
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