Can she piece together the truth before Earth's last city tears itself apart?
It's easy for Sanaa to ignore the first signs of trouble. After all, she's living her dream with a job and life she loves. But when she's reassigned as a data analyst for a mysterious, well-connected man, she starts to piece together the alarming reality. Corrupt clans vie for control of the city, desperate for a ticket off the dying planet.
As war looms between the clans, Sanaa's new boss sends her to train with Jiro, an expert swordsman. Forbidden to share the dangerous secrets she's learned with her family, she confides in Jiro, bringing them closer with every word, strike, and parry. Together, they realize that Sanaa's boss is keeping secrets of his own.
When the truth comes to light, the war and Sanaa's world could be changed forever. To save her family and forge a new peace for her city, Sanaa has no choice but to risk her life for the human race.
Removed is the first installment in the Nogiku Series, a saga of post-apocalyptic sci-fi romance novels set in future Japan. If you like tenacious heroines, sizzling chemistry, and unique post-apoc settings, then you'll love S. J. Pajonas' dystopian adventure.
This is the third edition, revised February 2022, with extensive edits to both the chapter order and length.
I loved the mix of Japanese culture with the scifi/fantasy element. My interest was held throughout the story, though I generally like a slightly faster pace in my fiction. Very good writing, fun!
The story line had great promise but as you read it you find that it’s more like a Nickelodeon kids tv show. The deeper the author tries to go, the more annoying the characters become.
REMOVED is an interesting mix of Dystopian and Sci-Fi.
Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll preface this review by saying this isn’t normally my style. I could tell S.J. Pajonas was influenced by Haruki Murakami, which isn’t a bad thing–but not necessarily my cup of tea. I have yet to get through one of his books. Glad I stuck this one out, though. Pajonas was able to take his style and compact it into a short, compelling read.
REMOVED is an interesting mix of Dystopian and Sci-Fi. Really enjoyed the blend of Japanese culture with western customs and phrasing. At times the Japanese language was a bit overwhelming, which took me out of the story. I unfortunately didn’t discover the glossary in the back until the end…
Overall a great story of first love and self-discovery. The cliffhanger definitely left me wanting to know what happens next.