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Crash Land on Kurai

(Hikoboshi #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When a space journalist crashes into a deadly intra-colony war, her hunt for the truth will either save her life or sentence her to death…

Starship journalist Yumi Minamoto's hot temper makes turning around her poor reputation an impossible challenge. While on a mission with her brother Shintaro to investigate a neighboring colony, her vessel comes under vicious attack, le
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Published October 2020 by Onigiri Press (first published July 12th 2017)
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Yumi is 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 her life pod crash lands on a dying moon 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 co
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crash Land on Kurai on was my first S.J. Pajonas book, and I admit to having been a wee bit tentative. The synopsis really pulled me in, but there was one piece of knowledge that left me uncertain. The Hikoboshi series is a spinoff of another series by the author – the Nogiku series – and a part of me feared I would be unable to understand the story without having read the author’s other work. Fortunately, this book works perfectly fine as a standalone novel – I was able to truly enjoy it withou ...more
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I loved re-reading this one. It was great to be able to spot some of the foreshadowing of events later in the series. It was just as good the second time around. I love this series so far and this book is a solid start to the series. I enjoy how we get to know Yumi in this book. Some of my favorite parts of this one is the realism. How real Yumi feels and also the other characters and the world. There is some awesome world building and I like the way things make sense. I am glad I
Karen’s Library
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, sci-fi
I had the honor of reading advanced copies of Pajonas's Nogiku series when each book released and I really adored that series. So when I got the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Crash Land on Kurai, the first book in a spin-off series of Nogiku, I was pretty excited.

It was nice to be back in the universe of Nogiku, and I always enjoy new sci-fi adventures. In Crash Land on Kurai, we meet Yumi, a journalist traveling to the planet of Hikobashi, to learn about the other humans that left ear
Nicole M. Hewitt
4.5/5 Stars

This book is a spin-off of Pajonas's Nojiku Series, but you don't have to read that first series to appreciate it. In fact, I have to confess that I'm horrible with remembering details of books I read long ago and I was struggling to remember all the connections between this book and the original series---but it didn't matter one little bit because I still loved this one (actually a bit more than I loved the original series, I think).

Right away, I connected with the main character. Yu
Diane Burton
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Peace Trip Turned Deadly. On a peaceful exploration mission, Yumi Minamoto's ship crash lands on a dying moon and she's separated from her shipmates. As a journalist, Yumi's job on the mission is to record the events. Ironically, Yumi is the least peaceful person on the ship. She has a nasty temper, is inclined to slug someone to make her point, and has been jailed a few times. How can she hang onto her temper when she's scared to death?

This is a fast-moving space adventure that had me reading l
Mandy Peterson
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AH! I just finished this book, and I'm not even sure where to begin. What first caught my attention was the description and book cover. All just gorgeous and amped me up to read what was inside. I have been burned before by these things though so I was tentative stepping into a spin-off of a series I wasn't familiar with at all.

Let me tell you: it didn't matter that I wasn't familiar with the first series. The author does a solid job of world building and revealing characters. I was immediately
Glad that we are back with in the Nogiku universe. I really enjoyed those characters. Great that we have moved forward in time, so we can see what has progressed on Orihune. Of course it makes me want to hear more about how that came about and how Sanaa and Jiro are doing. Good have the update on at least one of the clans.
Great adventure story with vivid characters. My only dislike is that Yumi goes through so much physical challenge (like Sanaa did). It seemed a bit unrealistic ( and I realiz
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an early version of this book. Very fast paced -- keeps your attention! Add to your TBR!
Ashley Aponte
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY enjoyed this book. This story was action packed, exciting, and a constant adventure. I enjoyed reading about the characters, and there was not a dull moment in the book. I was hooked from the first page. I really enjoy the way SJ Pajonas writes, and her writing flows very well making it easy to get into the story. If you like an action packed sci-fi adventure, and Japanese culture, you'll enjoy this book.

Got this due to Carysa Locke’s recommendation
S.J. Higbee
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yumi is an interesting protagonist – from a powerful and influential family, she is clearly the cuckoo in the nest. Constantly in trouble with the authorities, I liked the fact that when she says at the start of the story that she is a pain in the neck with an attitude and a knack for rubbing folks up the wrong way – she means it. Quite often we are told at the start of a story the heroine is a trouble-maker and rebel – only to find she is actually a pleaser who very much minds what everyone thi ...more
C. Erani Kole
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: take-me-zaddy
This was awesome. You don't get many books that aren't based in the USA or set off in some remote part of Europe for paranormal kids learning how to save the world. And Yumi had faults, things that drove me a little crazy but at the same time made her endearing. She was a trouble-maker who couldn't help it, someone who didn't fit in but tried every day to be a part of it all anyway. And she was so likable. Not because of how well she followed the rules or anything, but because she had a sort of ...more
Graeme Ing
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Great start to a new series. This is the first book I've read by SJP, and I was extremely impressed by her talent and writing style. A fascinating projection of Japanese society and corporate battles into the future, set on a planet far from Earth. It oozed Japanese flavour and culture without being unapproachable. Very authentic.

The plot is steady, pulling you forward, and there are moments very reminiscent of Blade Runner, but the real magic lies with the author's characters. Deep, complex per
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They are following ancient ancestors that went into space

Earth is gone or very close to it and Orihime one of the planet's so far colonized is starting to become a little crowded. So, they send a peaceful mission to find the ancestors that went on from Orihime. And the adventures begin.

Read and enjoy!!
Steven Wade
Kind of like anime in space

The story is a good opening to the series. The characters are very Japanese, or at least how I picture them. The story is stoic and the main character seems almost like an android at times, but the imagery and world building is pleasurable.
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very cool book with excellent world building. I had planned to just sort of see how this one hit me before moving on to another argues author, but I had to go get the next book right away.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was amazing & is definitely one of the best science fiction books I've ever read. The way that Kurai & Hikari are run is fascinating & something I've never seen in another book before; main character Yumi is wonderfully infuriating & the plot keeps you guessing. I cannot wait to pick up the sequel!

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Trigger Warnings: this book contains violence throughout.
Katie Carroll
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
S.J. Pajonas is my favorite sci-fi author, and she did not disappoint with CRASH LAND ON KURAI. Set in the same universe as her Nogiku series, this new series brings a whole new set of worlds and characters (except for one familiar one from Nogiku) to life. Despite angering the Empress with an unauthorized tell-all book--or perhaps because of this--journalist Yumi Minamoto has been selected to go on a mission to explore the planet where a group of the earth's old inhabitants set off for many yea ...more
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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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