#3, The Nogiku Series
S. J. Pajonas
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Yūsei has surprises for Sanaa Itami. The long trip across the stars ends with Mark Sakai delivering bad news from orbit over their new home, and there’s no turning back or moving on. Despite all their misgivings, this is where they will have to stay.
Sanaa, Jiro, and the rest of Earth’s settlers move into a coastal town and stick to their plans to live the colonization life they dreamed of. But Sanaa’s existence won’t be kept secret from her enemies for long. Kazuo promised he would see her in another life, on another world, and he aims to keep his word. Now she will face those who want their revenge and make new enemies while dispensing with old ones on her journey across the fascinating and unfamiliar landscape of Yūsei.
REUNITED, Book THREE of the Nogiku Series, is the third book in a captivating post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.
REUNITED (The Nogiku Series #3)
I know I say it too much (if there is ever such a thing when praising a book or series) but l really love Pajonas' Nogiku series, particularly because it's so different than anything else out there in New Adult. It has action, romance, amazing world building and it raises interesting questions that always keep me pondering my own world and it's future.
What's completely fascinating about book #3 is the world building. Even though this is Sanaa's first time moving to a new planet, as readers we've already been dropped into Pajonas' amazing world building in her earlier books. (We know how well she does it--happily she does it again.) But now Sanna and her friends and family have traveled across light years, to their future, their next adventure. I love how we see everything for the first time through the eyes of the inquisitive Sanaa. One of my favorite thing in the book is her "unique" relationship with animals--something she had no exposure to on her last home.
Additionally, I've always been a fan of Pajonas' ability to seamlessly incorporate LGBT characters into her story. There is nothing preachy or pushed in her approach. There is just a cultural philosophy that includes these differences, while ironically and interestingly highlighting other prejudices.
And I've always loved the romance between Jiro and Sanaa. There are always obstacles in the way of their relationship, but never in their love for each other which is refreshing. It makes you want to work hard to ensure you only have one great love in your life. <3
If you haven't had the chance to read the earlier books in The Nogiku Series, get on it so you can read REUNITED--you're going to love it!