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(The Nogiku Series #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  250 ratings  ·  88 reviews
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,
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 11th 2013 by Onigiri Press (first published September 10th 2013)
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Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Earlier this year I was introduced to S.J. Pajonas through Crash Land on Kurai, the first book in the Hikoboshi series. Knowing it was a spinoff of the Nogiku series, I was somewhat tentative to dive into the story. I feared I would not understand the story without having first read the Nogiku series. This fear proved to be unfounded – Crash Land on Kurai was a wonderful read in and of itself – but I was still left wanting to read the Nogiku series. There were comments and references made that l ...more
S.J. Higbee
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this one. Sanaa is a hard-working youngster, driven to try and help alleviate many of the problems holding up humanity’s flight to the stars, while living in the last large underground city. However, time is running out. The Earth’s crust is breaking up and the climate is steadily deteriorating. Sanaa has always assumed that she would continue to pursue her studies, having worked very hard to distinguish herself. And then one day it all changes. She is yanked away from her friends ...more
Iza Brekilien
This review stands for books 1, 2, 3 and 4 (all are included in a boxed set that I bought).

I'll start with the good :
- the world building was excellent, well thought-out and utterly believable ; the author definitely knows the culture and history of Japan ;
- the pacing wasn't too quick, the story took its time, which left me time to appreciate everything ;
- the plot was original, as was Sanaa's affinity to animals.

Now with what I liked less : Sanaa has definitely an affinity to animals, she love
Karen’s Library
This book pretty much blew me away and it's going to be one of those that stays with me for days! I love post-apocalyptic tales and sci-fi. Throw in some historical elements, a little romance (well, maybe more than a little), even geisha, and you have a completely unique, original tale that completely captured me from beginning to end.

This book was very well written and edited and the world building was clever and very descriptive! I could see this world clearly in my mind. Learning about the Ja
**I received a copy of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I received this book through a RaR program that my author/friend Sarah Noffke runs through her fan group. It is the second one reviewed (the first being JN Chaney's awesome book The Amber Project), and there are many more to come. I was excited to read this because I am a fan of Japanese culture like the author. My boyfriend Pasha (may he rest in peace) was half-Japanese and introduced me to so much of th
P.K. Hrezo
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Removed is a unique fusion of the modern and traditional. I relished the artful way this story was put together--from the martial arts and sword fighting, to the futuristic dome world of Japan--this elegantly told sci-fi tale is a treat for readers who crave a decadent dollop of culture atop their stories du jour.

20-year-old, Sanaa, is a sweet, but sassy protagonist. Naive in some ways, but far from ignorant. Throughout the story her personality is painted in such a way, that envisioning her is
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This book has an excellent base idea. The delivery is close to completion, but it needs quite a bit of polish in the editing department, at least as it relates to the mobi/Kindle copy.

I almost feel as though this book should have actually been written as a historical fiction. There was an extensive about of time and repeated instances of passages that dealt entirely with Japanese customs and courtesies. I enjoyed th
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
When my friend Steph said she was going to write a book, I will admit, I was not very intrigued. And then she said it was Japanese inspired, and in the future, and the world had fallen to pieces and the last inhabitants lived in a dome. Uh, what now? Sure, I liked sushi and geishas, but was not a fan of sci-fi or end of the earth stories. But I love to read, so I offered to be a beta reader, AND I LOVED ALL OF IT! Throughout the process I loved seeing all of the changes, the development of the c ...more
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of Removed from the Author in exchange for an honest review*

Apologies first of all for taking a while to get this review up

I enjoyed this book a lot. I feel, however, that a reader needs to be really comfortable with reading literature that uses words from other languages or else they can lose interest. Fortunately, this was not the case for me. I can't say that I identified with the heroine, Sanaa but I still felt invested enough to carry on with the story. What did stand out
Jul 04, 2014 marked it as didn-t-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I wish I could have finished this - but at 26% it had yet to get to the point. I have an incredibly short attention span and I was holding out until the love interest dude reared his head again, but once he re-entered the scene, the story continued its maddening lack of forward motion. The worldbuilding kept me around for a pretty long time as well, considering, but the main character was lackluster and after pages and pages of inertia, I stopped caring about where the story was going, if, in fa ...more
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, sci-fi
Ugh, what a drag! It could have been so exciting, instead it was drowned in all things trivial. Review soon!
Annika Barranti
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read an early draft of REMOVED and absolutely LOVED it. I'm so excited for its release!
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Sporadic Reads

...bring me love and happiness this year.

*The ARC of Removed was provided by Lola's Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review.*

Removed came out as a surprise for me. It was great surprise, actually. I didn't know that I would actually like it. I found myself using a lot of Japanese terms because of this book. My brother was quite happy about that because he watches a lot of animé. The story was both engaging and intriguing. I found myself guessing where t
There are some books for which you read the blurb and know that you are going to love it, Removed was one of those books for me. Once I read the blurb I couldn't get it out of my head and it didn't took me long to give over to the temptation and buy it.

I hardly know where to start with this review, Removed was amzing and I fell completely in love with the story. The pace of the story is slow, but it perfectly fits the book. Also around halfway through the story really picks up, things are starti
Nicole M. Hewitt
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Removed is an incredibly unique dystopian novel that is steeped in Japanese culture. I read a blog post where the reviewer was just raving about this series, and I just knew I needed to pick it up. I’m so glad I did!!

The book takes place in a futuristic version of Earth where global warming has ravaged the world and killed off much of the population. People have been living in domes, but they have been working toward
Heather McCoubrey
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather by: Tracy
I started this book back in November and for some reason or another - maybe my head wasn't in the right place or I was too busy writing and finishing my latest novel - I just couldn't get into the story. I tried several times over the last few months, only to set it aside, frustrated because I'd heard what an amazing book it was. Since I sent my latest WiP out to my beta readers, I've had a little more time on my hands and I've been catching up on my to-read list. I was determined to read Remove ...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
Both in life and in my reading material, I haven't done a lot of delving into the Japanese culture. I recently got my first literary taste of Japan in Daisy Whitney's WHEN YOU WERE HERE, a YA novel that spends part of it's time in Tokyo. If WHEN YOU WERE HERE was the appetizer for discovering another culture, the New Adult novel REMOVED is the meal and I loved what I was tasting. Both authors won me over with their cultural passion and Pajonas' captivation with Japan is skillfully woven into her ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Full disclosure, I was lucky enough to be a Beta reader for the Nogiku series and received and ARC of “Removed” for review.

When my friend S.J. Pajonas mentioned the outline for her book on twitter, a sci-fi romance set in a dystopian future where Japanese traditions are upheld hand in hand with all things futuristic, I was intrigued! While it seems like an impossible task to plausibly fit all of these things into a story, in “Removed” it is done seamlessly. Our heroine, Sanaa Griffin’s world ch
Derek White
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
As the synopsis says it chronicles the adventures of a twenty year old girl who finds herself involved in the politics of the various clans and businesses in a domed city I will think of as Japan competing for the future leadership of the colony planet(s) the six million plus humans left on the world are going to migrate to.
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of S.J. Pajonas' Removed (The Nogiku Series #1) and all I can say is that I cannot wait for Book #2 to be released.

Set in a futuristic, post apocalyptic Earth, this New-Adult, "sort of Science Fiction" takes you into the life of a coming-of-age woman, Sanaa as she learns about her herself, her heritage, love and what the future just may hold for her. The vivid descriptions of food, clothing, and even tattoos were just enough to have me pausing to imagine things, but not so muc
Katie Carroll
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
In Removed, book one of the Nogiku Series, S.J. Pajonas has created a futuristic world that is steeped in Japanese culture and is like no other world I have read before. On New Year's Eve while celebrating her 20th birthday, Sanaa Griffin makes a wish for the new year to bring her love. A change in the course of her career and life brings love and so much more as Sanaa finds out the truth about her family and destiny.

Sanaa's relationship with Jiro, her swoonworthy sword fighting teacher, progres
I am so delighted to review Removed. I have read it a few times now and it's really such a fully-realized world with wonderful characters that it's difficult to put down- and so depressing when those last pages are turned! I read a lot of YA/NA books and love a good, realistic strong female protagonist, but there are a lot of cliches out there that so many books fall into. Pajonas has avoided these and created a character I adore, respect, and kind of wish I could be. There are lots of great thi ...more
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I absolutely loved this book. Every time I thought I had a plot twist figured out, something happened to make me rethink my idea. I am now going to have to patiently wait for book 2. I lost a good bit of sleep trying to get as much reading done as possible each time I picked it up. I have only one small problem with any part of it but that is just me wanting to know how to pronounce certain of the japanese words in the book correctly.I don't want to give spoilers but I really think the relations ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pub-indie
Not sure how I feel about this one. I didn't actively dislike it exactly, but...I was expecting the plot to go in one direction (dealing with a pretty major, important thing), and then it veered sideways and took a long while to explain why we abandoned the major, important thing. Once we get there, we are completely and totally engulfed in the new plot direction with no room for the original problem (which is never fully explained or answered). Added to that, the MC has a ton of special-ness go ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ficton
What a brilliant story! Historically, I haven't been much of a fan of dystopian tales (except for The Hunger Games) or science fiction. However, this book may have changed me forever. The dystopian and sci-fi aspects play less of a role than the beautiful and aching tale of Sanaa. Her history, her present, and her future are all so full of mystery, intrigue and heroism. I highly recommend this New Adult Sci-Fi read, especially if you are considering dipping your toes into either of these genres.
Anna Bastow
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Princess Diaries gets a Katana in future Japan.
This author's prose is as delicate as a paper rice lamp. The craftsmanship of this universe is impeccable. The story is rich with details about dress, culture and words. The characters live and breath and have complex personalities that will keep you guessing every turn of page.
If you wanted to read about how will Japanese culture will survive beyond our planet this is the book for you.
This book will make you crave Japanese food! Get some bef
Renae Lucas-Hall
Pajonas is a very intelligent writer who is able to convey the Japanese culture in a way that would appeal to someone who knows nothing about Japan or a reader who has spent a considerable amount of time in Japan and possesses a strong understanding of the Japanese culture. The dialogue in this book flows beautifully, the plot is carefully planned, and the characterisation is a delight to read.

Sanaa, the main protagonist in the story, is a wonderful role model for young girls in that she has co
Mekhi Woods
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel Removed by S.J. Pajonas, is very interesting take on the science fiction idea of colonizing a habitable planet since it uses it doesn’t solely focus on that idea alone. The main thing that separates this book from others of the genre is that Mrs. Pajonas uses the theme of culture to influence the characters decisions. The main character Sanaa uses both logic and her ideologies from her Japanese upbringing to make the life threatening decisions that are placed on her shoulders whilst wo ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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Ann Thomas
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is different for 3 reasons: it's in a science fiction setting but it's really a romance and a mystery; it's told from first person point of view; the characters and culture are entirely Japanese. I was a bit disappointed over the first point as I was looking for a science fiction story, but the other two won me over. I was drawn to the characters and pulled into the story and simply had to read to the end to find out what happened. Worth a read.
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Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, Japanophile, and USA Today Best Selling author. She loves foxes, owls, sushi, yoga pants, Evernote, and black tea. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing or spending time outside, unless it’s winter. She hates winter. Someday she’ll own a house in both h

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