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A WORLD INSIDE ​All Hiroto has ever known is a life on a tiny coastal speck of Japan. Much of the country has been swallowed by Yokohama Station, a mysterious, ever-growing series of buildings that's been around for as long as anyone can remember. The few who live outside its many entrances have never seen Inside and know only rumors and legends of the station's interior. T A WORLD INSIDE ​All Hiroto has ever known is a life on a tiny coastal speck of Japan. Much of the country has been swallowed by Yokohama Station, a mysterious, ever-growing series of buildings that's been around for as long as anyone can remember. The few who live outside its many entrances have never seen Inside and know only rumors and legends of the station's interior. That all changes when Hiroto is given an 18 Ticket, a mysterious item that lets him enter the massive complex for five days. The young man has always sought a purpose, but the one he finds may not be the sort he'd hoped for...


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A WORLD INSIDE ​All Hiroto has ever known is a life on a tiny coastal speck of Japan. Much of the country has been swallowed by Yokohama Station, a mysterious, ever-growing series of buildings that's been around for as long as anyone can remember. The few who live outside its many entrances have never seen Inside and know only rumors and legends of the station's interior. T A WORLD INSIDE ​All Hiroto has ever known is a life on a tiny coastal speck of Japan. Much of the country has been swallowed by Yokohama Station, a mysterious, ever-growing series of buildings that's been around for as long as anyone can remember. The few who live outside its many entrances have never seen Inside and know only rumors and legends of the station's interior. That all changes when Hiroto is given an 18 Ticket, a mysterious item that lets him enter the massive complex for five days. The young man has always sought a purpose, but the one he finds may not be the sort he'd hoped for...

44 review for Yokohama Station SF

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paula Lyle

    Can a city be classified as a living entity? If so, can it then be killed? That is the problem posed by this short novel. An interesting story peopled by surprising characters. I received an eARC through NetGalley.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Hiroto, an outsider, ventures into Yokohama Station with a temporary ticket. His mission is to free the leader of the Dodger Alliance. Will he make it out in time? “Hiroto let Keiha finish her story, although at least half of it was beyond his comprehension.” The above quote perfectly illustrates how I feel about science fiction in general. I think I thought this book was a graphic novel when I requested it, plus I’m always interested in reading works from Japanese authors. That being said, scienc Hiroto, an outsider, ventures into Yokohama Station with a temporary ticket. His mission is to free the leader of the Dodger Alliance. Will he make it out in time? “Hiroto let Keiha finish her story, although at least half of it was beyond his comprehension.” The above quote perfectly illustrates how I feel about science fiction in general. I think I thought this book was a graphic novel when I requested it, plus I’m always interested in reading works from Japanese authors. That being said, science fiction tends to go a little over my head. I feel like I’m a pretty smart person, but science fiction almost never seems to click with me. I want to give this novel 3.5 stars. I would’ve rated it higher, even though some of it didn’t make sense to me, but it felt like something was missing. I know that something always goes missing in translation (this book was originally published in Japan in 2016), but this was different. A lot of things happened in Hiroto’s journey, but not a lot of things actively advanced the plot. There were also a couple of characters that seemed not-quite-pointless, existing only as a way to give background information (and a deus ex machina, of sorts). There’s a map at the beginning, which is always useful. There’s also an appendix at the end that I wish I would’ve known about when I started the book (definitely my own fault for not checking the contents); it’s not necessary but definitely helpful. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Yen Press, LLC (and Kadokawa Corporation) for the ARC in exchange for an honest review (sorry it’s late. I’m finally catching up!).

  3. 5 out of 5

    ShingetsuMoon

    An interesting and fascinating concept let down by a loose plot and thin characters. Yokohama Station as an entity and as a concept is a fascinating one. I loved learning more about the station, how it expanded, how it came to exist, and how it interacts with the world and those who live Inside. However, the fascinating concept is dragged down a bit by the main character Horioto. Everything his village needs is provided by the station leftovers leaving many without work or anything purposeful to d An interesting and fascinating concept let down by a loose plot and thin characters. Yokohama Station as an entity and as a concept is a fascinating one. I loved learning more about the station, how it expanded, how it came to exist, and how it interacts with the world and those who live Inside. However, the fascinating concept is dragged down a bit by the main character Horioto. Everything his village needs is provided by the station leftovers leaving many without work or anything purposeful to do with their lives. So when an opportunity to do something more presents itself, Hiroyuki seizes it and embarks inside Yokohama Station to see what it’s like and try to find the place known as Exit 42. Along the way more characters weave in and out of the story and blank spots of history are filled in. Most of the book though felt like a journey in search of a destination. Hiroto even admits that he’s just going where he’s told, searching for something others have that he can’t quite find himself. Other characters like Toshiru and Okuma were harder to get a read on. I could never really tell what was real with them or whether they were deflecting attention and lying about what they were doing. Their parts were interesting but generally ended up just leaving me confused about their personal goals in relation to the story. Overall this was a decent book, with a strong central idea, but with characters that weren’t particularly interesting outside of the Station itself. Worth reading for the concept, but not necessarily the plot in my opinion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Whimsy Dearest

    After a self-replicating train station has taken over all of Honshu, Hiroto tries to track down the leader of a hidden alliance that’s determined to free humanity. Yokohama Station SF by Yuba Isukari is a visionary sci-fi novel that explores our relationship to technology and … well, public transportation. The station itself is truly its own living, sentient character in this story and most of Japan is now dependent on it. At the age of 6, children have a Suica (a type of point card) installed in After a self-replicating train station has taken over all of Honshu, Hiroto tries to track down the leader of a hidden alliance that’s determined to free humanity. Yokohama Station SF by Yuba Isukari is a visionary sci-fi novel that explores our relationship to technology and … well, public transportation. The station itself is truly its own living, sentient character in this story and most of Japan is now dependent on it. At the age of 6, children have a Suica (a type of point card) installed in them. They use those points to buy things like food or to continue living in the station. Those who commit the most minor of infractions may be expelled from the station and left to fend for themselves. It’s really a fascinating world that Isukari has built here, and I think it’s important to note this is a very conceptually-driven and exposition-heavy story. This is both its greatest strength and its weakness. Due to the novel’s short length, there isn’t room for much asides from learning how the world works. I wish we could have seen more descriptive imagery in regards to its setting and seen a little more from its human (and non-human) characters. All in all though, I still definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for a short but sweet sci-fi with innovative worldbuilding and cool AI. Thank you, Netgalley and Yen Press, for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Balistreri

    Yokohama station was a 3.5 for me, but I rounded up. I’m being lenient here because the characters are pretty one dimensional and there isn’t much character development as well. The book is very focused on Yokohama station itself rather than the people we are reading about. Which is fine- because I found the entire concept to be very interesting. The Station itself acts like a living organism, and keeps growing and rebuilding itself to the point where it is covering almost all of Japan. Just the Yokohama station was a 3.5 for me, but I rounded up. I’m being lenient here because the characters are pretty one dimensional and there isn’t much character development as well. The book is very focused on Yokohama station itself rather than the people we are reading about. Which is fine- because I found the entire concept to be very interesting. The Station itself acts like a living organism, and keeps growing and rebuilding itself to the point where it is covering almost all of Japan. Just the setting itself and the “coolness” of the plot carries this book for me. It’s a quick and simple read, where there isn’t much world building or character development at all. However, I still found it fun and enjoyable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John

    Over and over, I find myself enjoying these stand-alone light novels much more than the popular serial ones. While Yokohama Station SF is not a particularly strong or even original story concept and the execution of plot elements feels very convenient and contrived rather than organic, I still enjoyed it. I really like the chapter title page illustrations, the call backs to SF predecessors, and the author’s afterward. Some of the expository moments cured my insomnia, but there is enough here tha Over and over, I find myself enjoying these stand-alone light novels much more than the popular serial ones. While Yokohama Station SF is not a particularly strong or even original story concept and the execution of plot elements feels very convenient and contrived rather than organic, I still enjoyed it. I really like the chapter title page illustrations, the call backs to SF predecessors, and the author’s afterward. Some of the expository moments cured my insomnia, but there is enough here that’s interesting to get a reader through this one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shona

    Thank you to NetGalley and to the Publisher, Yen Press, for this ARC. What a fun read! I couldn't put it down once I started it. Read it if you like sci-fi; can also be read by teens, if yours is into that kind of thing. Lots of fun characters (human, and other) and ideas. Rated: High 4/5 :) Some concepts were truly beyond me, but still fun. My tags: Science fiction, adventure, artificial intelligence Thank you to NetGalley and to the Publisher, Yen Press, for this ARC. What a fun read! I couldn't put it down once I started it. Read it if you like sci-fi; can also be read by teens, if yours is into that kind of thing. Lots of fun characters (human, and other) and ideas. Rated: High 4/5 :) Some concepts were truly beyond me, but still fun. My tags: Science fiction, adventure, artificial intelligence

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