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Removed (The Nogiku Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 11, 2013
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This is a full-length novel at 105,000 words.
REMOVED is written in first person present tense.
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Here's what readers on Goodreads are saying about REMOVED, the first book in the Nogiku Series:
"If you are afraid of Science Fiction, this is the book for you!"
"I couldn't put it down, but more importantly, it made me think."
"This book/series changed my life."
"I'm not usually one for Sci-Fi, but this was great. Just enough to be interesting, but not so much to be 'way' out there."
"This book is definitely worth the read, I could hardly put it down in the 2 days it took me to read it and over a week later, I'm still thinking about all the characters."
"It is full of surprises. The book unfolds slowly at first, but becomes more gripping as suspenseful as it goes."
REMOVED "explodes in a final action scene worthy of the cinema."
And much more! This New Adult Science Fiction Romance will make you fall in love with Japan and all of its cultures and traditions, from kimonos, sake, and swords to romance, sex, and secrets.
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The Nogiku Series is set in the far future. We've destroyed the earth with war, chemicals, radiation, robots -- all the things that thinking people worry about today. The small population that's left (mostly Japanese) must leave earth. I cared about the characters from the beginning and worried about their survival on a new world.
Usually I know how the book will end long before I'm halfway through. This series surprised me from beginning to end and reminded me why I love to read. Loved characters died, and hard things happen - just like real life. And it's very well written. It's rare that I feel compelled to write a review but I strongly recommend you give this series a try. You will be rewarded.
Oh, I'm a retired woman and sex scenes usually bore me in a book. There is nothing new to be written and often they don't forward the story. But they are short and work in the book as a reminder of the love between Sanaa and Jiro, and provide respite in their trouble-filled lives.
wish there had been more about her aunts and why her grandfather was so mean to them it would have been interesting to see his and there side of the story. The ending was shocking as well as the fact that she was the last inheirator to the Chysanthemum throne. i remeber studing it in school
I also have the Chronicles looking forward to reading it also as well as the rest of the series and her other books
Other reviewers complained about the Japanes glossary and i felt that it made the story better. some words i didn remember but many of them i did and they brought back so many memories of the people i met and who taught me the language. liked the fact that even thogh people congregated with their own kind that their was unity and not hatred the only antogonist was the Japanese Clans and i don't think they will ever change. Frankly i would leave them on Earth and save lots of grief and death.
i was 14 when we came home and was stationed at Mather AFB in Sacremento and i had the best most beautiful had made ward in Junior High. i had silks, raw silks etc and the seamstress made sure they were all up to date. lol I wa styling
The version of this book that I read included a significant amount of Japanese, and the author has indicated much of the dialogue with the Japanese is being re-done. I honestly am not sure how I feel about this -- although the amount was at first overwhelming, the language for sure helped to immerse me in Sanaa's world. Thinking back, there really isn't much detail describing a lot of the general surroundings, but I never noticed this as I was reading. There are over-arching descriptions about the layouts of the communities, and some very well-done details of places like the Dead Belt. However, the world-building is accomplished much more through the language, the characters, and their cultural communities.
I had two somewhat major issues with the ideologies presented within the story. First, a part of Sanaa's new role is described as helping to ensure that all people, japanese and non-japanese alike are unified and that humanity as a species is maintained. Yet, there is little to no time spent in the novel on any of these non-japanese, the new minority. Secondly, and perhaps in a related way, I struggled with the concept that a continuation of a monarchy would be the solution to a failing government system. Perhaps I could have bought into this if there was more discussion of how the current government did/didn't work (ie how laws were passed, enforced, etc) and how Sanaa would help to maintain and/or change these systems... but the focus was simply on ensuring that certain clans would not gain power.
Overall, the story itself was entertaining and the characters were likable. They weren't characters I could easily relate to, but they had personality, and I cared what happened to them. Some of the details, like the setting being actually in what used to be Canada, were really helpful to me since I didn't have a lot of other ways to identify with the characters in the book. It's a good book - but it didn't leave me purchasing book 2 immediately.