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Yumi Minamoto has the shortest fuse on the ship. She’s just whipped a bully and been confined to quarters, but she’s not staying there. A disgraced journalist trying to clear her name, her job is to document the mission to the Hikoboshi system, and she’s determined to get it right, despite all the trouble she causes. But when unknown vessels fire on their ship, and Yumi’s life pod crash lands on a dying moon, she’s separated from her family and friends, and her mission falls to pieces. Now she must navigate the unfamiliar and deadly terrain, deal with a society she doesn’t understand, and try to stay alive until rescue comes… if it ever does.
CRASH LAND ON KURAI is the first book in the Hikoboshi Series, an action adventure, space opera series that explores the worlds settled by the Japanese who fled Earth a century ago. Culture, history, technology, and swords clash in a fast-paced future society on the brink of war.
Genre: Science Fiction Action Adventure / Space Opera
Series: The Hikoboshi Series
Rating: Rated R for language (profanity), sexual situations, and violence.
Publishing Date: July 18, 2017
Kazuo and Gen sit and divide up the supplies, turning out the medkits and fashioning them into backpacks with some of the chair straps we stripped from the life pod. Ryoko and I sit around the campfire, chewing on smoked protein strips, munching on freeze dried berries, and drinking water.
“Will you be okay traveling alone with him?” I whisper to her.
She waves me off. “Psh, he’s fine. More bark than bite. It’s just…” She sighs and folds her arms over her knees while staring into the fire. “Will you tell them, when this is over, that I wanted to follow procedure?”
My lips quirk as I remember her interview. Ryoko always did play by the rules, and she knew them backwards and forwards. No need to learn them yourself if she’s on your team.
I knock my elbow into her. “Of course. If I’m still alive, I’ll be sure to tell them you were the pinnacle of honor and forthrightness.”
She rolls her eyes at me. “You’re a walking thesaurus, you know that?”
“I believe that’s my job.” I clear my throat and put on my best newscaster voice. “Today, on a foreign moon off the third planet in the Altair system, the Murasaki encountered certain doom at the hands of an inimitable foe. After missiles were fired and damaged the ship without provocation, the crew escaped to the moon’s surface to be met with incurable injuries, starvation, and cannibalism.”
“Ew!” She chucks a freeze-dried berry at me.
“I made that last part up, but you know, stay safe.”
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“What I particularly enjoyed was the depiction of how environmental pressures affect a culture, so the colony that only a few hundred years ago was identical with the same values as its Earth equivalent from whence it came, now has morphed into something quite different. The runaway capitalism, where the majority population are born indebted and have to work continually to keep alive, is both shocking and plausible, given the ongoing warfare between the factions… All in all, this is a thoroughly engrossing adventure and a strong start to the series that I will be definitely following in future. Highly recommended.” – S. J. Higbee, Brainfluff
“Wow this book was so good! It hooked me from the start and it kept my attention throughout the whole book. It’s fast paced and there’s so much happening and going on. Every time we learned something new I was ready with even more questions. I wanted to know who these people were, what happened here, how their society worked and more. And when I finished the book I wished book 2 was already here as that ending makes me so curious about what will happen next! … I liked the mix of Japanese culture with a futuristic/ sci-fi world, it’s so well done.” – Lola’s Reviews
“My desire to read more books by the author just goes to show how powerful a read Crash Land on Kurai is. From the very first page, I was pulled into the story, unable to put it down… As powerful as the world building, storytelling, and storyline were, the characters were easily my favourite. The world building blew me away with the unique take on space (I have never read anything in this genre where the Japanese culture is so prominent), the storytelling gripped me through the ease at which it leaves us invested in the story, and the storyline threatened to blow my brain from the many wonderful interconnected elements (I know so much and yet, at the same time, I know so little). The characters, however, buried themselves deep in my heart… Honestly, this was a brilliant read. There were so many interesting elements in this story and I cannot wait to see where the series heads from here. It is certainly a series I’ll be keeping an eye on! ” – Siobhan Caughey, Bibliophile Ramblings
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