Tōru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R. Sorensen

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Online Book Club provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Toru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R. Sorensen

Historical Fiction/Alternate History

Tōru, a young fisherman, believes it will take nothing less than modernization, an industrial revolution, for his native Japan to defend itself against imminent invasion by the Americans. But guiding a revolution will be a challenge for Tōru when the sentence for his illegal return to Japan is death. This novel thoughtfully portrays history real and imagined, highlighting a relevant theme of social change. Oh–and the samurai. You can’t forget the samurai!

Officially reviewed at OnlineBookClub.org with a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. Take a look!


3 thoughts on “Tōru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R. Sorensen

  1. frank4man says:

    I think I bought the book because of your review. Wow. What a great story. This also showed the underside of steampunk, which is never discussed: the deforestation that accompanies using wood to make steam to run the devices.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Make that a double “wow” then. I’m glad to hear it. 🙂 This was my first foray into anything steampunk. To date, I believe I’m at a grand total of two steampunk reads so far– 😀 –and I enjoyed them both.


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