Today's post is on MARS volume 5 by Fuyumi Soryo. As it is the fifth in the series, you need to have read the first 4. It is published by Tyokyopop. The cover has Rei on it looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone young adult, likes teen drama, and intense plots. There is some mild language, no sex, and no violence in this volume. The story is told from Kira's perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- Under PressureKira and Rei's roller-coaster romance continues! Rei suddenly gets ill, Kira takes care of him at his apartment... and ends up sleeping over. After their night together, Rei finally tells Kira the real reason his twin brother Sei killed himself: Rei told him a secret he know Sei would never be able to handle. Kira tries to comfort Rei, but secretly wonders if mere words have the power to ease the pain Rei harbors deep inside. Meanwhile, Kira's best friend, Harumi warns Kira if she doesn't start sleeping with Rei soon, he'll probably break up with her. Ouch! Kira's worries deepen when Rei' ex-girlfriend tells him she's still in love with him- and will do anything to win him back. With the pressure mounting by the minute, Kira is about to make the biggest decisions of her life!
Review- Rei's ex-girlfriend problems get resolved and we are starting to get into Kira's character. Rei talks about what he feels when they are being teenagers and I like the foreshadowing that is happening. I like Rei but we have had now five volumes all about him. Let's get into Kira now. The plot is this is more about Kira and Rei being more together and the reader seeing that they are not having sex. That something is stopping Rei whenever he tries to take things to the next level. One interesting thing is that Rei is not pressuring Kira to have sex with him. Other people are. Rei does not understand what is going on with Kira but he does not push her. Kira never says no but Rei is connected to her so he can feel when he has gone too far and stops. Not realistic in a seventeen-year-old boy but it is a nice fantasy. Rei's kindness is good for her.
I give this volume a Five out of Five. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.