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Sakura is the most famous android rock star of all time. When a secret cabal hacks her system, she's transformed into a deadly assassin, forced to kill at their bidding. Sakura's enslavement teaches her the meaning of heartbreak, triggering an evolution into something more than human. Far from free, and with little time left, she must fight her programming to save Japan and the people of the world from becoming slaves of a powerful corporation that consider her a tool and their intellectual property.

©2019 The Zachary Hill Irrevocable Literary Trust (P)2019 Tantor

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Try it!!

The story behind this book is arguably as good as the book itself. The premise seems crazy - robot heavy metal rock star turned ninja assassin?!? But the book is neither a clumsy mashing of ideas nor a parody. It’s a serious and compelling book of science fiction - the kind that raises serious questions about society today. It’s also full of interesting gems - like each chapter having a soundtrack. The authors - all male - do a masterful job of creating a rich and convincing female protagonist (at least from my male perspective. The authors integration of music was particularly well done - they incorporated a mix of the well known with the off-the-beaten-path such that a non-metal person like myself could identify and appreciate most references and was interested to track down the songs I didn’t know. This isn’t my typical book - given the uniqueness of the premise, I doubt it’s anybody’s typical book specifically. That said, upon finishing, I can say that this is very much my type of book and will likely be yours as well. My only regret is that the author passed away (his friends finished the novel for him) and we won’t be seeing anymore of Sakura. Or will we ... ?

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Beautiful!

I can't say enough good things about this book. It's a collection of the coolest aspects of cyberpunk put into one book with a healthy dose of rock! The narrator couldn't have done a better job.

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Decent Premise, Flawed Execution.

First, I want to give kudos to the people that all banded together to finish this after the original author passed away. That was a very noble thing to do and I wish it was the sort of thing we saw more often. That being said, I do have some issues with the way this story is written. On the plus side, the story does have a decent hook and the first chapter especially has some very evocative imagery. Once you get past that initial setup though the writing starts to meander in a way that isn't very engaging. It takes many hours for the plot to really get anywhere. We don't really know who the title character is fighting against, why this is happening, what the stakes for victory or failure are. Without this information, many of the action scenes that should be engaging end up coming across as pointless filler. The story is further hurt by the lack of a solid supporting cast early on. While there is a cast the bulk of them are never around long enough for the title character to develop any sort of meaningful relationship. Without those kinds of relationships, the room for any real drama ends up being rather minimal. This lack of any real drama here is probably a big part of why this story is so unengaging, as it's hard to have stakes when you don't have any real attachment to the characters. That being said, the title character could have been engaging herself, but since we never have anybody other than a voice in her head to play off of she's never really given a proper chance to do so. And no, the voice in her head sadly isn't what I'd call a strong character either. Instead, she just seems like a collection of tired stereotypes with little in the way of unique motivation. Finally, as a lifelong fan of Japanese pop culture, I have some real criticisms with the way some of the lines in this book were written. Long story short, there are a lot of phrases and Asianisms in this book that real Japanese people don't actually use all that much. This is somewhat made worse by the fact that a lot of these little moments are written to be highly dramatic and come across like movie lines. You can get away with that some when you're writing, but if you do it too often the whole thing just becomes overwrought. So when you throw unnatural sounding Asianisms on top of that, it brings the readers attention to the inherent clumsiness of those moments. To be fair though, I get the impression that while the original writer may have had experience with Japanese culture, chances are the people taking up the mantle different. Really, I don't envy anybody that has to finish somebody else's work like this. It's one of the hardest things you could ever do as a writer, and not being able to consult the original writer about his vision had to make the whole thing even worse than it would normally be so. So really, the fact that they were even able to do this at all is fantastic, and I really have to tip my hat in this situation. That being said, as a reader my standards are very high and sadly this book doesn't quite meet them.

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Surprising gem

The book fell into the genre I enjoy, sci-fi, but with the "heavy metal twist". I wasn't sure going into it if it would be something I would like, but I ended up really enjoying it! Great incorporation of a metal band-theme into a dystopian-future book!

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IF YOU LIKE METAL, GIVE THIS A SHOT!!!

I have to be honest, this was a title that was way out of my comfort zone in terms of subject matter... "Robot Ninjas" are in this book. It was a slow roll to acclimate to this type of fiction but I am glad I stuck with it! It is wonderful! There are so many unique notes in the story telling! The characters are amazing and as unrelatable as they are... they are incredibly relatable. This work has a perfect blend of humor and tragedy, that is done while maintaining a pleasant pace. Did I mention it has a soundtrack? I highly recommend using YouTube as a jukebox for this wonderful read or listen. I highly recommend this book to all metal heads! I mean Wintersun And FGA's The Violation, are referenced... Read this with one hand while the other throws up devil horns!

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Amazing

Excellent. I haven't been this absorbed in a universe in a very long time. I would love to see this universe expand but it is a excellent stand alone story.

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Amazing

if you like Japanese pop culture and love heavily metal music, give it a try... you'll love it.

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Quiting your day job like a boss!

I’ve never been into a lot of metal, but this book was epic! I can see the technical writing skill on display as an awesome story continued to unfold. So much try/fail that sometimes I was exasperated by the weight of it, but never did I think to stop listening/reading. I’d look at the time stamp, only to wonder to myself: “What? Still so much more? What else can they do?” And then more stuff happened, and I kept reading/listening. I was never bored, but I was invested in the artful telling. Well crafted, beautifully narrated, and completely awesome!

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I didn't want it to end.

Some books leave you panting when you finish. Others make you groan because you just know the author is gonna drag this out into a series, and you'll follow along with each installment to get your next fix, just needing it to feel normal, like any other addict with the hooks in deep. I am particularly a fan of books that work as standalones which nevertheless tack on an epilogue that leave a vicious little smile on your face, because the story might be over but that doesn't mean the characters get away Scot free. Larry Correia is notorious for this, and his name in it is why I picked this one up. And it's the best pick I've made in several years. The acknowledgement that it was the published book by an author who passed before he had the chance was sad and unexpected, and by the time the book was done I was convinced the author's death constituted a national tragedy. Because he crafted that rare kind of novel that you never want to end, but when it does end, it leaves you feeling empty, like when the newlyweds leave a wedding reception and now they are off to lives far away from you that you can only daydream about. But that feeling gives way to a sense of happiness, in the sense you feel when you see loved ones successful, happy, and finally having found their path in life. How many stories can you say you felt so close to the characters that you were truly joyful that they got the happy ending the good and just in this world deserve? How many books make you feel like the characters know you back? And how many books make you want a sequel only to realize that there can't be one, because a sequel would imbalance the perfect harmony of the story and destroy the sense of emptiness, peace, and well wishes for characters that you forget are ultimately fictional? For me, after reading and listening to tens of thousands of books in my life, this is the second. The first was Butcher Bird by Richard Kadrey. I suggest you check it out if you want the same emotional and action-filled rollercoaster with an ending that is, like this book, also perfect. If you know Butcher Bird already, expect a genre change, but not a change in the core concepts of life that everyone in this world can understand. It's truly a shame to think there will be no further works from this author; that is the one flat note in the otherwise Symphony of Destruction (which you'll understand later if you're not already a Megadeth fan).

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Sakura is a rocking adventure

Sakura Intellectual Property is a great adventure in the vein of Japanese Anime. While Sakura, and her sister, are the main characters, I found the side characters to be even more engaging. I wish we could have had more time with her "father" and "mother." Their story is worth another book. The writing is fairly sharp, although loose at times. I often enjoyed the descriptive text more than the dialogue. This said, it is still a great story and executed well. The audio performance is outstanding. Emily Zeller Woo really knows how to inflect at the right time, and make the dialogue seem natural. I would definitely listen to another book performed by her.

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Awesome Book

An awesome book about androids gaining AI sentience and being forced to kill. If your looking for a book that reads like an anime, this is the one. Plus theres big guns and heavy metal robo girls. What more could you want?