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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media (21 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421527618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421527611
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.5 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in 1970. After a career in information technology, he published his first novel Wizards' Web in 2003. His 2004 short story Saitama Chainsaw Massacre won the 16th SF Magazine Reader's Award. His other novels include Characters (co-written with Hiroki Azuma) and All You Need is KILL, which was published by Haikasoru in 2009.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2011
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In the film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray repeatedly wakes up and re-lives the same 24hrs over and over again. Each time the cycle repeats, he learns another valuable lesson about his life. All You Need is Kil by Hiroshi Sakurakzaka has a similar premise but instead of being set in Punxsutawney it is set on the muddy battlefields of Japan in the midst of a future war.

Alien creatures called Mimics have landed and are attempting to invade Earth. Slowly they are attacking each country trying to discover where humanities weak points lie. Keiji Kiriya is a fresh faced solider who is starting to panic at the thought of his first impending battle. He has never experienced war. He has no idea of what to expect or how to react. His worst fears are confirmed and shortly after the battle begins he is killed only to re-awake back in the army base where he is forced to relive the build up to his death once more. Keiji quickly comes to realise he is trapped in time and no matter how he tries to escape destiny he will always end up on the battlefield.

We also get to see the battle from the perspective of an American female soldier called Rita Vrataski, known by all around her as the Full Metal Bitch. Rita is the quintessential warrior. She and her colleagues are battle hardened veterans and seem to be the polar opposite of Keiji and his friends. As Keiji relives the battle over and over again, trying to discover a way forward, Rita becomes the only fixed constant in his world.

Where this novel excels is by taking a concept that many readers will already be familiar with, in this case time travel, and adding an interesting new wrinkle.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spaceman Moses on 14 Dec. 2014
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For me, if I'm going to read a book after watching the film, it's on e assumption that the book will be better. I liked Edge of Tomorrow, it was alright, so I wanted to learn more about the time travel concept, about the aliens, and so on; the film has primed me for more!

The book failed to deliver, and is pretty much a hollow shell that the film has massively built upon.

An example: in the film the aliens are these metallic, tentacled monsters, whereas in the book they're described variously as starfish and frogs. Now, I don't want to offend anyone who fears amphibians, but I think most of us agree (all in all) that big tentacled monsters are far scarier than frogs. Or starfish - the gentlemen of the ocean. I really liked he monsters in the film, here they just sound like a joke.

Another example: in the film, the main character goes from being a coward to being a hero, and a love interest starts forming with a meet cute that involves Oneida them exploding. There's not a lot of character in the film, but enough to put a couple of hooks in me. So I'm thinking - this novel will develop all the side characters, will put me into the Major's head and feel the fear pulverising him from the inside. Great, right? Nope, because in the book he's just a dumb grunt with no character arc and no romantic entanglements, and here's even fewer side characters!

Pretty disappointing.

The ending is different though, so if you do like the idea of killer frogs, and less character, I guess you might dig this? Different strokes for different folks I guess.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George on 9 Jun. 2014
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I'm not much of a book reader. I only came across this book after seeing the film (Edge of Tomorrow). But, I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you have seen Edge of Tomorrow, the film only really borrows the central concepts from the book (war, aliens, travel back in time when you die), it doesn't follow the story line and leaves out most of the characters. So you won't be reading it thinking you know exactly how it's going to end. I found the whole thing pretty original and thoroughly engaging. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Fearnley on 13 April 2014
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If you've seen Groundhog Day the concept will be familiar, so you might not be expecting a lot of originality. On one hand it's just that plotline but in a military context - instead of repeating a day until the protagonist becomes a good enough person, they repeat it until they become a good enough soldier to break the cycle. There's an explanation in this one about how the cycle came about, so a little more self-consistency. There's the twist of someone else knowing about it, but not experiencing it.
It's also well written and gives a glimpse into Japanese history/personality.
It's a worthwhile read - also being short enough that the author resisted any urge to pad it out and make it epic in some way - it stands well as an idea worked out to a conclusion.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 July 2009
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Presumably not by chance, Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel follows similar themes to Issui Ogawa's The Lord of the Sands of Time, also published among the first wave of Japanese sci-fi novels under Viz's new Haikasoru fiction imprint, but in reality the two books are very different in approach. Again the theme is one of using time-travel in order to combat the overwhelming invasion force that threatens to wipe out the entire planet. In the case of All You Need Is Kill, the time-travel is however on a smaller, more personal scale, but the outcome could equally be of global importance.

Here, one fresh Japanese recruit in the United Defence Force, Keiji Kiriya, is caught-up in a Groundhog Day style loop, seemingly doomed to fight and repeatedly die in a major battle with the Mimics that, like a computer game, is continually reset until he can build up the necessary fighting experience and find a way - if there is a way - to overcome the merciless onslaught of the strange mechanical amphibian creatures that threaten to destroy life on the entire planet. That experience might be found in Rita Vrataski, a young American UDF soldier of formidable killing power known as the Full Metal Bitch, but the Mimics are also learning new moves with every battle.

Much more dynamic and with harder-hitting writing than the Ogawa novel, Sakurazaka takes conventional genre and gaming elements and puts a fresh and entertaining spin on them, keeping the repetition of the loops to a minimum, finding new ways of moving the plot forward and keeping the viewer interested in finding the answer to this strange phenomenon. A good translation also makes the book highly readable and entertaining.
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