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.
About the Author
Stephanie (S. J.) is a writer, knitter, amateur astrologer, Capricorn, and Japanophile. 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 hemispheres so she can avoid the season entirely. She’s a mom to two great kids and lives with her husband and family outside NYC. They have no pets. Yet. When it comes to her work, expect the unexpected. She doesn’t write anything typical. Find her online at http://www.spajonas.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
REUNITED by S.J. Pajonas is her fourth full length novel, and my favorite so far in this series. The third installment of the Nogiku Series brings us to a new world with a slew of new characters. Now that Sanaa has arrived on the planet she is destined to govern, all the planning that got her there falls apart. Jiro and company have to decide on a new strategy that will work best now that all the rules of the game have changed. REUNITED is another smooth transition from RELEASED (book 2 in the series,) with Sanaa freshly woken on an aircraft orbiting Y¿sei, her new home. In addition to the vivid descriptions of a new planet, this installment is filled with action packed scenes. I love how Sanaa’s outward strength mixes with her conflicted inner dialogue. She is the reflection of every strong woman. Without giving anything away, what struck me the most about this book was the way Pajonas throws caution into the wind by taking big chances with the plot. There is little in REUNITED that was expected (and yes I spent time speculating given the way the second book ends) but that is not a complaint. Pajonas is an excellent storyteller and I cannot wait to see how this series wraps up!
When Sanaa Itami finally finishes her long journey across the stars to reach her new home, nothing turns out as expected. Her old enemies have followed her there and will wake from hibernation soon, and the new planet has turned out to house new enemies as well. Her family and clan will do all they can to keep her bloodline a secret, but the truth will come out. And with it, Sanaa may lose her beloved Jiro, her surrogate father Mark, her friends and family, and a future she had dared to dream. REUNITED, book 3 in S.J. Pajonas's Nogiku series, is my favorite so far! I instantly fell in love with the new planet. The descriptions jumped off the page and I could picture, smell, and taste all this new world had to offer. The blend of old Japanese culture and new technology was so unique; it reads in part like an historical novel, but never lets the reader forget it's science fiction. The stakes are higher than ever for Sanaa and Jiro, and their passion is hotter than ever too. All my favorite characters are back, and there are some great new characters as well. I find myself respecting Sanaa more with each book as she grows into her leadership role and finds new avenues of strength, and, well, Jiro had me from the first time I met him. I had trouble getting anything else done while I was reading REUNITED because I did not want to put it down!