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"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
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As a person whose read the manga and seen the anime (I've never got to see the action movie) I can point out several things. This first volumen mostly introduce the characters, which are less tan in the other two, you don't need that many main character to write a book, but to illustrate de story and keeo it interesting you need more people, more drama, mora characters to love and hate, and so on. In a book you can express much more with much less. The pace is good and, although is a mystery-horror novel, it's a pretty light Reading, meaning you won't have to take a break from all the tension it creates or anything. It's also well narrated.
The only thing I have to say about it, that it's not enough to give this book 4 stars for me, is that it makes reference to events that happen in Japan, such as Sakakibara has the same last name as the name used by a serial killer in Japan that ocurred in 1997, a year before this story took place. As it is a famous case in there they do not explain this, because the audience most know, as it is a japanese novel, but even that was fun.
I recommend this book if you like this kind of story, even if you read the manga and/or saw the anime, it's still worth it.
For me, the book was 1000xs time better than the anime. What seemed too unrealistic to be entertaining in the anime was downplayed in the book and written to seem like such a thing could happen in any small town Japanese high school, or a high school of any country, really.
I did not find translation errors to bother me at all. Once the story got going, I literally could not put it down. I had to buy Part 2 in a heartbeat (really don't understand why they sell them in 1 and 2). For me the whole dolls thing with the main female character was boring and odd, but I enjoyed the novel just fine by skipping those parts.
The main storyline is unique and I sincerely hope there will be more, though the author has mentioned he does not see it happening in the near future (boo!).
I love stories that affect a finite group of people and force those people to deal with the conflict and each other. You really got to see how human nature might handle a situation and it's entertaining to put yourself in the situation and compare your ideas of what you might do to how the characters actually handled it.
Overall, a great translation of an excellent novel, and one of my new personal favorites.
If you enjoy psychological horror and a good mystery I would read this. It is a very easy read and quick. The only downside is you may need to look up some references to Japanese culture which are not explained in the book. This is at best a minor inconvenience and I do not feel detracts at all from the story.
Definitely is worth checking out for anime fans and even new comers, there are differences.
A comment on the translation: I did not notice any obvious translation errors like you see in other light novels, in fact I feel this book kept the spirit the author intended flawlessly. It read naturally and was coherent throughout.
If you are looking for a good read, look no further than Another.