All You Need Is Kill [NOOK Book]

Overview

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally--the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

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All You Need Is Kill

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Overview

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally--the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

"Science fiction for the adrenaline junkie. Reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming. Buckle up and enjoy."
-- John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War and Zoe's Tale

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421542447
  • Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 17,934
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in Tokyo in 1970. After a career in information technology, he published his first novel, Modern Magic Made Simple (Yoku wakaru gendai mahou), in 2003 with Super Dash Bunko, a popular young adult light novel imprint. There are now seven volumes in the series, and it was adapted as a manga in 2008 and as a television anime series in 2009. Sakurazaka published All You Need Is Kill with Super Dash Bunko in 2004 and with it earned his first Seiun Award nomination for best of the year honors in Japanese science fiction. His 2004 short story, "Saitama Chainsaw Massacre," won the 16th SF Magazine Reader's Award.

In 2009, All You Need Is Kill was the launch title for Haikasoru, a unique imprint dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi declared All You Need Is Kill to be a novel that "reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming," and it has proven to be one of Haikasoru's most popular titles. Sakurazaka's other novels include Characters (cowritten with Hiroki Azuma) and Slum Online, which was published in English by Haikasoru in 2010.

In 2010, Sakurazaka started an experimental digital magazine AiR with Junji Hotta. He remains one of Japan's most energetic writers of both light novels and adult science fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    Fast and Exciting

    Groundhog-day style stories are always a guilty pleasure of mine, but they usually have unnecessary baggage that prevents such a story from gaining traction. This is an exception.

    Fast-paced, this story will keep you riveted until the end. The action is well-defined, crisp, and morbid. Perfect for a war setting.

    It reads like a movie, and action fans should enjoy it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

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    Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers I prefer to read books be

    Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers
    I prefer to read books before they're adapted into films. I don't mind it the other way around. But reading the book first gives me a chance to establish the character in my head before seeing it on screen. When I started seeing previews for the film Edge of Tomorrow and discovered that it was based on this book, I made sure to snap it up ASAP. The premise sounded very interesting and I wanted to be sure to read the source material before Tom Cruise got too far into my head. I'm glad I did, because he's almost the exact opposite of the twenty-something Asian protagonist of the novel. On the other hand, he's so different that it would be difficult for anyone to mistake his world-weary fifty-something American character for the same guy. It will be interesting to see what bits the filmmakers kept and what they completely reinvented.

    The premise is simple. As the film poster puts it: Live. Die. Repeat. This is basically Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. Keiji Kiriya is a fresh recruit in a war against alien invaders. He's thrown into battle, barely prepared, and comes to a pretty quick end. But then he wakes up and is pretty sure it was only a dream. Except he re-lives the events of the dream in startling detail until the sense of deja vu is overwhelming and only explanation is that it wasn't a dream. He's actually stuck in some sort of time loop.

    Since this is translated into English from Japanese, it's difficult to know how much of the terse writing style comes from the original author and how much from the translator. I'm sure it's a bit of both. It fits the story and keeps the reader turning pages. It's very readable and I never felt lost. Description and introspection is applied appropriately. War is gritty, messy and painful. Soldiers are real people. Backstory is skillfully woven into unfolding events. The story keeps moving. I'm sure the word count puts this more into novella territory than novel, but there is plenty of character and story to make this a novel.

    I really liked this book. It's well worth reading before Tom Cruise gets into your head.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Must read before seeing the film

    If you're reading this review, you may already know about 2014 film on the Edge of Tomorrow, which is based on this Japanese light novel. It was a quick and enjoyable read. It is a must read for a reader of science ficition. But be warned there is adult language in this book and may not be suitable for all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2014

    Awesome syfy!!!

    The most disappointing thing about this story is that's this author does not have more books on Barnes and noble. This was very well written. Think ground hogs day, meets whedon-verse, meets old man's war, and you've got it. Great story gimme more!

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