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When two worlds become one

Here are my latest book recommendations for the Northwest Asian Weekly:

The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya
By Nagaru Tanigawa
Little, Brown and Company, 2013

As in the previous book, the latest installment in the Haruhi Suzumiya series features two different versions of the same story and continues where the last one ended.

The first version begins with Kyon, Haruhi, time-traveler Mikuru Asahina, and esper-boy Itsuki Koizumi rushing off to the home of Yuki Nagato, the remaining member of the SOS Brigade (Save the World by Overloading it with Fun Haruhi Suzumiya) and their resident alien, who has been ill. The gang does what they can to try and help Yuki feel better.

For Kyon, this means meeting with a group of potentially dangerous individuals from other organizations who are watching over Sasaki, a girl he knew in middle school, suspected of having similar deity-like powers as Haruhi.

The second version follows the SOS Brigade, as they continue the recruitment process to bring new members to their illegal school club.

All the while, Kyon remains suspicious of the individuals tasked with watching over Sasaki. At the beginning of the story, the group remains in the background, but becomes more of a concern to Kyon, as he tries to figure out who they are and what their motives are.

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