Sanaa Griffin had everything — close friends, a caring family, and her dream job at a competitive agency in the last city on Earth. But when she wishes for love and excitement on New Year’s Eve, the gods decide to reward her in the cruelest way possible. Ripped from the job she always loved, she’s reassigned to work for the mysterious Mark Sakai. Her task: spy on the corrupt leaders of the city who are playing politics and killing their enemies in the hopes of earning a ticket on the first ship off the planet. War looms on the horizon, and Sanaa must help Sakai determine the key players and their weak spots before they tear the city apart.
Mark Sakai has many plans for Sanaa that will take her into a web of lies and danger. With the help of Jiro, a man who teaches her self defense while stealing her heart, Sanaa realizes Mark Sakai is holding back important truths about her life, her job, and the biggest secret of all, her family legacy. Can she keep her family safe and her city at peace as the great exodus from Earth begins?
REMOVED is the first book in a captivating post-apocalyptic series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.
Genre: Adult Science Fiction / Post-apocalyptic Science Fiction
Series/Book Number: The Nogiku Series / Book 1
Rating: Rated R for violence, language, and sexual situations
Publishing Date: September 11, 2013
“The book is written like a seasoned pro, mixing so many wonderful elements of style… binding threads between past, present, and a possible, plausible future is what makes this debut work something very special.” – C. E. Kilgore, Tracing the Stars
“I loved the incorporation of the Japanese culture, and thought it was very well-done. The science fiction elements were definitely interesting, and I can’t wait to see what happens with that in the next part of this series. Sanaa made a wonderful heroine, and after the ending, I can’t get back to her and Jiro fast enough!” – Brianna, Biblio Belles
“If you’re looking for something unique and imaginative to read, you should give this first book in the Nogiku Series a try, and I’m quite certain you’ll be glad you did.” – P. K. Hrezo, Author of Butterman (Time) Travel
“This novel has been correctly set up for a series, with a satisfying plot arc and enjoyable cliff hanger for the first book, all the while maintaining plenty of room for the larger plot lines that umbrella over multiple books…I simply love the character of Sanaa. She is complex and that is my favorite kind of person.” – Kimberley Sabatini, Author of Touching The Surface
“I have never before been a fan of post-apocalyptic tales as I found them depressing, but this book has changed my mind and I look forward to reading the second in the series…I do not give five stars lightly and this is worth every one.” – Derek White, Nerd Girl Official
“I fell completely in love with this story. It starts slow at first, but the pace fits the story. Around halfway through the story really picks up and I was surprised at the twists and turns the story took. While it’s labelled science-fiction, the sci-fi elements don’t play a big part in this book yet and I am curious to read how it will play a bigger part in future books. The romance is done really well and Sanaa and Jiro are so perfect together! The author really made the world come alive, both through detailing the post-apocalyptic elements and the japanese traditions and influences that shape much of the society and world.” – Lola, Lola’s Reviews
“This book is a gem among all the westernized science fiction books out there. The Japanese elements didn’t take away the mystery of this post-apocalyptic world. I do recommend this to anyone who loves dystopian books. Jiro is swoon-worthy, while Sanaa is kick-ass heroine with freckles.” – Dre Wolf, Sporadic Reads
“I loved this book and I definitely recommend it to readers who are looking for a dystopian that is new and different. I will certainly be continuing this series and am eager to find out what happens next!” – Nicole Hewitt, Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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