*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
I’ve thought this series was brilliant, ever since I read the first book. The sci-fi setting, with the Japanese culture was something wholly unique. It helped that the heroine was someone I thought was really strong and admirable. Therefore, I was pretty nervous to see how things ended, as this is the last book in the series. Add to that the fact it’s been a while since I read the previous installment, and I was pretty unsure going into this novel.
Sanaa continued to be an amazing heroine. I felt so bad for her all throughout this book, because of all the horrible things she went through in the previous installments as well as this one. Still, she remained strong, and kept sacrificing things in her life in order to improve the world for everyone else. I was really hoping she’d get a happy ending.
The one to help with that happy ending would surely be Jiro. I have championed Jiro, and the romance between he and Sanaa, from the very beginning. I love how honorable he is, and how loyal Jiro is to Sanaa. He’s just so steady, and he’s always there for Sanaa. The two of them always talk things out, and they never have any misunderstandings to slow the story’s plot down. I just love the two of them together!
As I said in the beginning, I read the previous book in the series a while ago. Therefore, it took me a while to remember details, and become engaged in the plot. But once I did, I couldn’t stop reading. The story followed Sanaa as she worked to gain allies and tried to keep her family and friends together. All of this happened while Sanaa tried to have faith that things would work out for her. I loved seeing more of the new world they lived in. There was a bit of drama, action, romance, and even some grief.
Overall, I think this was a really good way to end the series. There are some details that were left open-ended, and I’m really hoping for a spinoff or something to show what happens next. Aside from that, though, I think things ended the best way they possibly could. I’m really going to miss this Japanese-flavored sci-fi world, as well as the romance between Sanaa and Jiro, though. I highly recommend this series if you’re at all interested in sci-fi. And if you don’t mind romance with your sci-fi, I’m convinced that you can’t go wrong with these books.
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Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything.
Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin, a sweet and smart half-Japanese girl, is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love and excitement on New Year’s Eve 3103. Mark Sakai, who knows more about her than any stranger should, thinks Sanaa is the perfect person to spy on the heads of the three biggest Japanese clan leaders in Nishikyō. He wants her to gather enough evidence to keep them from going to war when they land on Earth’s colonization planet, Yūsei. Nishikyō, built by the Japanese 300 years ago to house the rest of mankind, is failing and everyone is preparing to leave.
Sakai has known Sanaa’s family all her life but she knows nothing of him! And despite all the time they spend together, he keeps his distance from her. Then one day, he brings her to Jiro, his nephew, to learn sword fighting, and it changes her life irrevocably. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering on the clans, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts her and all of Nishikyō in danger.
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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.
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