All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka is a Japanese science fiction story. The novel was made into a movie called Edge of Tomorrow, rebranded to Live, Die, Repeat when released in DVD format, but it looks like they changed it back.
- 230 pages
- Publisher: Haikasoru; Original edition
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421527618
I wanted to read All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka because I really enjoyed Edge of Tomorrow and thought it would be fun to read the book. I was not disappointed, while the movie is, in general terms, much like the novel they are still different enough to enjoy both.
The story came out of the author’s idea of living in a video game, when you fail you try again but this time with the knowledge of what will happen. If you fail again, you get to try again with more knowledge, this cycle repeats until you finally defeat the game.
Once the protagonist gets over the shock and realization that he keeps dying, he realizes that what he does has no consequences, with the small, almost unimportant, caveat that he has to die, usually in a horrible and gruesome way, every day.
The novel itself reads like a futuristic samurai story with a twist.
I liked the way the book tells the story, the translation is great and the action is fantastic. The ending is not “Hollywood happy” but very fitting for this compelling story.
Keiji Kiriya is just a grunt, shoved into armor to save the world from invading aliens, the Mimics. When Keiji dies he is thrown into a timeloop and gets to relive the same battle over and over again.
After many battles, he finally meets the world’s most formidable warrior, Rita Vrataski aka the Full Metal Bitch. Rita was herself in a timeloop, where she honed her skills and is now training Keiji to be a great warrior as well.
Zohar — Man of la Book
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