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All You Need Is Kill [Kindle Edition]

Hiroshi Sakurazaka , Joseph Reeder , Alexander O. Smith
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (206 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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?

Now a major motion picture starring Tom Cruise!

“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 Fuzzy Nation

About 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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About the Author

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 Slum Online and Characters (cowritten with Hiroki Azuma).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1192 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Haikasoru/VIZ Media (September 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,862 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Better September 27, 2009
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I am a United States soldier. Being that I really cant stand to read war novels or anything military related. In fact I like to read anything that can get me as far from reality as I can.

I was looking in the public selection on the bookshelf and I noticed this title staring me down. The cover art was brilliant. Big suit of cybernetic armor with Japanese style of art. I said to myself this book has to be good. I know your not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I did.

I took it to my rack and began to read it. I was shocked to find how similar it is with our real world yet so far apart I felt like I was in another reality.

It had all the basics of the military in it. The Japanese 301st ID and the United Stated special forces. It was also interesting to see the military tactics used portrayed in this novel.

This book is Excellent for anyone who just wants to get away for the day or any anime scifi war zone action buff. I picked it up and couldn't put it down. Though short, I think this book was worth more than a lot of legends we know today.

Well worth the price.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Groundhogs Day meets Starship Troopers August 2, 2009
Groundhog's Day meets Starship Troopers is the best way to describe the story in All You Need Is Kill. It's a whole lot of fun and a wild ride. At just about 200 pages it's an exciting quick read that's just begging to be flown through. The only thing that puts me off is the $14 price tag on the cover that's a little steep for a 200 page paperback but it's definitely a lot of fun if you're a sci fi or anime buff.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent February 8, 2010
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It's too bad the English edition didn't keep the interior artwork from the original Japanese light novel. Even without it, this is an excellent book. Without giving away more than is on the back cover: Private Keiji is a green recruit, about to face his first battle against an implacable and incomprehensible alien foe. He dies, only to wake up and do it all over again. And again. And again. How many painful deaths can he face? Is he trapped alone in a personal hell, or is there a way out? The ending works quite well; like most good war novels, it refuses to allow an easy "and they all lived happily ever after!" cop-out.

Really, the point of the book is about suffering, and how people face it. The old saying is that "a coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero dies only once". But not poor Keiji: whether a hero or a coward, he dies over and over and over...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need is Kill December 13, 2013
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I should start by saying I loved this book. It's a short read, and I guess that's my only gripe. The action is intense and almost never ending, which is amazing considering the repetition. When I finished, I looked online hoping there was a sequel, because I think there's still more to this universe, but sadly there isn't. Hopefully someday Hiroshi Sakurazaka will revisit Keiji Kiriya, because I'd love to see how this war ends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fast paced military SF June 13, 2012
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This novel is compelling and fast paced. I read it in one sitting.

The author incorporates many elements veteran science fiction readers will be familiar with: mechs and temporal dislocation, all wrapped in a coming of age tale. There is also at least one really interesting Big Idea, but I won't spoil it here. I also liked that the characters were believable, and that the pacing fit the narrative arc.

All in all I highly recommend this novel to anyone who has an interest in military SF, and I'm looking forward to reading some more of this author's work.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fast paced, enetertaining read. April 11, 2012
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All You Need Is Kill is one of the most fun novels I've run across in awhile.

The story follows Keiji Kiriya in his battle against the Mimics, creature threatening every living creature on Earth. Someone else best described it as Groundhogs Day meets Starship Troopers. See, what makes this story different than most other Military Sci-Fi books is that Keiji here is stuck in two days. Every time he dies, he wakes up the day before he goes into battle the first time.

The author takes this neat idea, and runs with it to great effect. I sat down and read this in a single afternoon. Coming in at exactly 196 pages, its a rather short book. However, I felt the story was fully fleshed out by the end. I felt no need for more, I was greatly satisfied. Even though I figured out how it would all have to end about half way through, I still had to know how it would play out. The characters are interesting, and a need to know how this tale will unfold keeps you going.

I'd like to give a special thanks to the translator/editor, who did an absolutely fantastic job. I found only two grammatical errors in the entire novel. That is very refreshing, if I say so myself.

So, after all the praise you may be asking why I didn't give it 5 stars? Well... 14 dollars seems slightly high for a book that
is so short. Like I said, it didn't need to be longer, but the price is a little excessive when you can plow through it in a couple of hours in comparison to an 8 dollar novel that may take a few days.

But that is a small complaint in an otherwise amazing little piece of literature. I say go ahead and by if you have the cash, and enjoy a good piece of military science fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable February 6, 2010
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I bought this book without expecting too much but the final conclusion is that it was definitely a good choice. It is simple yet interesting.

The idea of the main character having to fight the exactly same fight over and over again and suffering the mental stress of knowing that he is going to die every day, is really amazing. What can you do today in order to survive the next fight? How can little things change dramatically if you have to repeat them a hundred times? And don't forget the most important fact, the feeling that your are completely alone and without help.

I really recommend this book if you want to spent a little of your time reading something that will not let you down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Once I started to read this book I couldn't put it down. Loved it. Hope the movie does it justice.
Published 5 hours ago by scott545
5.0 out of 5 stars I reviewed this before but...
Saw the trailer for the movie and said to myself this must be a book. Thank God it was. I really enjoyed it. can't wait to relive it on the next read.
Published 1 day ago by James Jenkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Groundhogs Day meets Saving PVT Ryan
Wanted to see what this years Tom Cruise movie was all about. Its military sci-fi that's not hard to follow. Read more
Published 3 days ago by M & M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
It is absolutely fantastic!
I read plenty of light novels but this is the most interesting I have read in a long time. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mohammed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
The story, the characters and the world he builds are amazing. I loved this book. I hated when it ended. I hope he can take me back to this universe in a future writing.
Published 5 days ago by John Todor
5.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Bill Weinberger
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
I read this very quickly and actually purchased the book after seeing the movie with Tom Cruise. The book is very interesting to read but I got confused in some of the... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read
Read it since I know there will be a movie this summer. The story was a cool concept and a lot of fun to read. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Edward H. Ivey
4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction Noir!
The story is a cross of Groundhog Day and Starship Troopers. Mimics have arrived on Earth to terraform it for an alien race. Read more
Published 11 days ago by L. Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars First Battle Royale and now this! I am enjoying Japanese Writers
I really enjoyed this book. A sci-fi action thriller. Young private Kiriya keeps getting killed while fighting in a future war with alien invaders. Read more
Published 12 days ago by David Dalton
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