Wednesday, August 23, 2017

All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka 
Original title: オール・ユー・ニード・イズ・キル  
Edition Language: Russian  
Series: no 
Format: e-book  
Genres: Science Finction   

      There’s one thing worse than dying. It’s coming back to do it again and again… When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many raw recruits shoved into a suit of battle armour and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to find himself reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On the 158th iteration though, he sees something different, something out of place: the female soldier known as the Bitch of War. Is the Bitch the key to Keiji’s escape, or to his final death?

My thoughts:    
        I decided to read All You Need Is Kill after I watched Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise.  Beat me, but I just LOVED the movie and I found the book a bit boring. It is very much the same as with the Martian: the science and action scenes are much better on screen then on paper.
      The producers changed a lot in a movie. Some of the changes were good, some are unnecessary. The title character could have stayed the same recruit instead of becoming an officer. I rather enjoyed Keiji Kiriya as a character. The narration was rather dry but you can see the rapid development from a hopeless rookie to a war hero. And I feel that the movie would gain more for starring Keiji Kiriya instead of "Major William Cage." I also wish the movie had more of the Japanese and other diverse characters. The diversity would make sense as the entire world was trying to push back the Mimics. Without doubt the book has its own merits, and I like the way the story developed and ended. I am glad that the book avoided happy end clichés.
    On the other hand, what I did not like, or rather say, did not fully understand is the nature if the time loops in the novel. It is explained, but leaves too many questions. I prefer the explanation in a movie; it is much clearer and fits better in the picture.  No doubt I would recommend the movie and the book to all. It is a great action-packed story.

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