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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Shibuya Nemesis: A Journey Towards The Top Of Tokyo is a work of fiction in the new adult, coming of age and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Alex Lund. In this highly engaging and personal narrative novel, we find ourselves in the socially anxious world of protagonist Josh, who has just graduated from high school in Vancouver. With an aspiration of overcoming his fears and becoming a famous guitarist, Josh takes off for Tokyo and the Shibuya music scene to try to change his life. When he meets singer Miki, Josh is spellbound and the opportunity arises to connect with her on an emotional level through music. What results is a sensitive coming of age adventure with music imbued in every page.
Having recently read another novel by author Alex Lund, I was once again impressed by the commitment to character development which really drives the heart of the narrative process. Josh’s story is very different, involving a wonderful exploration and assimilation of a new culture as he tries to find his place in the big bright world of Shibuya, and the descriptive techniques truly bring the colors, flavors, and sounds of this exciting place to life. Most of all, the emotional sensitivity of a young man with social anxiety who is trying to put himself out there in the world resonates through every experience that we live through Josh's eyes, and this is certain to endear him to readers and keep them captivated from beginning to end. Overall, I would certainly recommend Shibuya Nemesis as a superb read for young adults and adult readers alike.