Monday, 28 July 2014

All You Need Is Kill

Presenting All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.

Here is the summary of the book:

There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?

In general I am a fan of both Manga and Anime and the Japanese Culture in its entirety. So of course when I heard that the new Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt movie, 'Edge of Tomorrow' is based on this book. So I just couldn't help myself. I have yet to see the movie so i'm happy to get to know the source material first.

Masterfully presented by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, the book itself is quite the oddity. Seeing as it is in a prose form where the manga and light novels are graphically popular. but the post-apocalyptic military sci-fi element of the genre fits quite well as a manga too and it seems that a manga adaptation has been produced too, i'll check it soon. So I am doubly glad I got to read the actual source.

Very brave of Sakurazaka-san to put his story in prose with his combination of futuristic battle suits, alien invasion and time travel. The Japanese are known for their concise use of words when it comes to story telling. Which can be accurately seen here as he presented a perfectly well balanced story in ____ pages, whereas the same story would have taken 500 pages or more to be told by a western author. And it doesn't by any means lag at all.

A great plot. A great character development. A great mix of a variety of genres, military, sci-fi, dystopia, politics, an element of mystery and very less romance. There are almost no dialogues at all but the prose and how the author presents is just all that he wants and so much more.

"Highly recommend, Hiroshi Sakurazaka's offering is a piece of sci-fi you would be loathe to miss out on"

Genre :      Sci-fi, Military, Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopia


Release Date: 21st July, 2009

My Copy: bought(ebook)

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)

Buy:           Amazon (Paperback)
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