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Product Details

  • Series: All You Need Is Kill
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Haikasoru; Original edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421527618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421527611
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

I finally took a time to read the book... and finished it in on day.
Ales Smutny
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an interesting action/sci-fi story.
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This book is fast paced, well thought out, and a great sci-fi/action story.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

152 of 165 people found the following review helpful By L. Robokoff on 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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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By G. Markwardt on August 2, 2009
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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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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By N. Helfinstine on 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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All You Need is Kill (Edge of Tomorrow) Hiroshi Sakurazaka

I don't usually write reviews of films; so why should I start now? Let's forget that three other people wrote the screenplay for that little gem. I enjoyed the film aside from having just a moment of confusion about the ending.(Hope that doesn't stand as a spoiler.) As soon as I got home I got onto Amazons site and downloaded the book. This turned out to be fortuitous because the book was every bit if not better than the movie in many ways and it was, not so surprisingly, nothing like the movie. This works out well for both because if you have read the book you can still enjoy the movie as something quite different. And if you've seen the movie I would recommend that you read the book it came from. The ending is less of a head shaker but then you need to read it to find out what I mean by that.

So I heard it said that the movie was like Groundhog Day mixed with Starship Troopers. And more reverently compared to Groundhog Day mixed with Independence Day. Since these Mimics reminded me a lot of the Matrix Sentinel I think we can toss some of that into it too. But that's the movie and I'm cutting quickly to the original novel from which the idea was taken.

In the book the Mimics are described as looking somewhat like frogs which comes nowhere close to what we see in the movie. Keiji(Cage) Kiriya is not a Major in the US Forces(as William Cage in the movie is) but instead a UDF Jacket Jockey-fresh and green as they come going into his first real battle. A short battle at that and perhaps one of the longest short battles ever.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Heartbreak 01 on June 7, 2014
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I knew of Sakurazaka's previous work of Gendai Mahou, but didn't know he wrote this. With upcoming adaptation of movie version (and expectation of source material butchery), I decided to read ahead. It's an ok read but nothing spectacular. It has interesting premise and details here and there, but the story approach is rather typical Japanese light novel way which this book is. Reminded me of Kirito from SAO. But that's not the real problem here.

Some of decisions made by the publisher got in my way of fully enjoying the book. First of all, use of casual and strong languages changed the tone of the book entirely - I can guess which word was changed to which, and it should have been read drier. There are typos here and there, name orders are mixed, and some phrases were direct translation of Japanese which didn't really make sense in English (ex. 'flags'). Another thing is that they pulled out all the illustrations save the cover page. This book is supposed to be a type of Japanese pulp fiction called Light Novel and they usually include illustrations, some of them in full color. Whether it being insensitive negligence or licensing issue, they should have included them intact - these make up for visual description of details. Assuming it had average amounts for this type of novel, we are probably missing about 5~7 pages or so.

Even with all this complaining, it is still better story than Edge of Tomorrow (I watched the movie...) and i did find it somewhat enjoyable, so try it if you will. However, if you have ability to read Japanese, I recommend getting the original version of the book - you may obtain this through Amazon JP.
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