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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  18 reviews
The bastard child of Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84 and Stephen King’s CARRIE, KAI explores how one innocent girl becomes the target of enormous rage living inside another girl-who is seemingly from another world.

Satsuki Takamoto is an invisible otaku teenager in Hiroshima. The only thing she has going for her is the upcoming birth of her sister. No longer will she be alone. But
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Paperback, 366 pages
Published January 6th 2016 by Self-Published
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Noah Nichols
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physically-owned
Review pending...
Sarah
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-read
Nope. I think there were a lot of materials here, some good ideas...and a terrible execution.

The majority of the book is setting up the characters. That's it. I kept waiting for the cohesive moment and it didn't happen; stuff started happening (at the very, very end) but it was totally disjointed and jarring.

My main complaint is Satsuki. I liked Seul Bi and felt for her, but Satsuki was way beyond me. I felt for her at first but the truth is she's an unlikeable, selfish brat. I did not feel com
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Mgkellermeyer
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
KAI is a thrilling novel which, like Frankenstein’s monster, represents a hybrid of influences: the Gothic West, the mystical East, the alluring power of life, and the crippling despair of death. Written with all the pungent terror of a traditional Japanese horror story, KAI delves into the gory tendons and fiber that connect aspirational mankind to his animal past. Duplicity and bipolarity are the reigning themes in this masterful novel, and the influence of Poe – whether intentionally or uncon ...more
Gabriella
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received a copy of Kai through the Goodreads Giveaway program. This does not in any way affect my review of the novel.

David Vasconi's Kai was a hell of a ride.

The horror doesn't really get going until about halfway through the novel, but once it does it doesn't let up! There are so many twists and turns and perfectly horrifying imagery that I was quite glued to the book. The mystery of Seul Bi and Satsuki's connection was not answered until almost the very end, but it did not disappoint the bu
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Renna Olsen
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
(We received a copy of Kai from the author, Derek Vasconi, in return for an honest review.)

Derek Vasconi’s Japanese-inspired horror novel Kai was a delight to read. The author’s intricate plot gives the reader a slow build to its simmering climax and his attention to detail shows a true love of Japanese culture. He’s woven a tale of two disparate girls, Seul-Bi, an orphaned Korean girl in Chicago and Satsuki, a despondent teenager in Hiroshima. His imagery is vivid and he pulls no punches. Fans
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Reader Views
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (03/17)

As a fan of Dean Koontz, and Stephen King since my early teens, I was happy to review “Kai” by Derek Vasconi, which I found to be a unique Japanese horror novel, as its complex storyline adds to the uniqueness of its genre. The story follows two young women. Satsuki is a high school teen-aged girl in Hiroshima, Japan, who is waiting for her mother to deliver her new baby sister. Seul Bi is a 22-year-old Korean woman who had been adopted by Ameri
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Mgkellermeyer
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KAI is a thrilling novel which, like Frankenstein’s monster, represents a hybrid of influences: the Gothic West, the mystical East, the alluring power of life, and the crippling despair of death. Written with all the pungent terror of a traditional Japanese horror story, KAI delves into the gory tendons and fiber that connect aspirational mankind to his animal past. Duplicity and bipolarity are the reigning themes in this masterful novel, and the influence of Poe – whether intentionally or uncon ...more
Matthew Cooper
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The book begins with the Satsuki, a young teen girl in Japan who is dealing with all the usual angst, isolation, and emotional distress of being at a new school. We are brought into her world, with vivid detail really bringing her alive: her mother is pregnant, her father is distant and often absent, she has few friends, but withdraws into her own world of video games and anime. The second story follows the life of Seul Bi, a Korean girl adopted by American parents. She is dealing with her own e ...more
Jeanette Andromeda
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The main thing to know about this book is that it is a beautifully crafted tale rich with cultural details and a story that focuses on characters who’s identities go beyond complex. These people feel real.

On one side of the story, in Japan, you have Satsuki who is isolated and quiet with no real drive beyond her manga, Nintendo DS and trying to fly under everyone’s radar. Her struggle to cope with life is painful, but one than any of us who’ve survived middle school will completely understand. N
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360toParadise
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is utterly brilliant. I am in awe of how crazy the story becomes after the first part of the book sets you up in a way I didn't see coming. When I went back and re-read some parts after finishing the book, I realized that almost every single thing the two main characters in the book experience somehow relates to one another. It must have taken the author forever to create that kind of crazy balance of plot points converging together like they did.
Even more to the point, the ending was
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Sophie
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The story of KAI alternates between the lives of Seul-Bi, an orphaned Korean young woman living in Chicago and high school student Satsuki in Hiroshima. While Seul-Bi struggles to move on from her adopted parents’ death and care for her patients in a psychiatric hospital, Satsuki withdraws to her room after a tragic incident and vows revenge on the world. What connects these two very different people living on opposite sides of the world? Well, the answer certainly doesn’t jump out at your on th ...more
Allysa Peck
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received my copy of Kai in exchange for an unbiased review from Librarything.

Kai is the story of two young women who live on opposite ends of the world, and yet, you can tell that they are somehow connected. The story is what I would consider a mind bender, and often has you turning the next page because you just have to know where it's going next. The book keeps you guessing and on your toes, which is good in most cases, although it had me confused some of the time as well. The author uses a
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Jennifer
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
4.5/5.

What a story. I had no idea what it was about when I downloaded it, I chose it completely on the picture. And I'm really glad I did.

This story is very much based in reality for the most, and the only reason I dropped half a star was the move into make believe. It's really hard to get right, and it's a little bit disjointed in this story but the story really makes up for it.

The horror takes a long time to kick in, it's very much a slice of life story for a good 100 pages so horror buffs mig
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iamjenai
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Okay, I liked KAI. The way the author describes every scene, uhm very hair-raising. Can't read when I'm alone! If you are following this blog, you know that I only read when everyone is out of the house/sleeping. Reading KAI, well, had to do it when kids are in the house. Too many distractions I know but I really need them with me lol.

KAI is really good but is complex. Just the kind of story that you should closely follow or you'll be confused. I'm thinking maybe it's the alternating stories of
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Sabrina
Feb 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2016
Okay uhm...this was probably the strangest book I've ever read.
I still have absolutely no clue what this was about tbh but I found it interesting and even page-turning at some point! I wouldn't call it a horror story but there where fur sure some scenes which where quite disturbing and (if you have such a good imagination as I do) pretty horrifying.

What I didn't like was how the author created the dialogues; it felt like they weren't thought through and seemed to be a little "childish". Howeve
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John
Nov 05, 2015 added it
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rosalind
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Lori Byrd
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eerily good. Very intense read, but a lot of it I really needed to use my thinking cap.
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Derek Vasconi was raised in Sharon, Pennsylvania, a small town near Pittsburgh, PA. He didn't stay there for very long, as after graduating from high school, he co-founded the metal band, From A Second Story Window, and went on tour for most of his early 20's. In 2006, Derek made the decision to move on from the band and pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Human Development, which he achieved, at Penn S ...more
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