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All You Need Is Kill

4.03 of 5 stars 4.03  ·  rating details  ·  8,949 ratings  ·  1,118 reviews
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 armor 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 ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Haikasoru (first published 2004)
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Navessa




"She could walk into any hell and come back unscathed."

Rita. Vrataski. They call her crazy. They call her a badass. They call her a lot of names.

Angel of Death. Mad Wargarita. Full Metal Bitch.

Few know the truth. That she's all of those things. And more. And less. Even fewer know the reason why. Keiji Kiriya is about to join their ranks.

This is the story of two ordinary people forced to do the extraordinary; save the human race from an alien invasion. We meet Keiji, a green Japanese recruit,
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Alejandro
I knew about this novel due that it's the basis for the incoming movie Edge of Tomorrow and I am truly glad that I was able to read the original Japanese novel before of watching the movie.

The novel itself is something odd in the Japanese literature culture, since it's a prose novel. I say this, since on Japan, the Manga culture is quite spread and even there are mangas for all tastes, genders and ages. And I must say that the topic and story of this novel could fit quite easily in a manga forma
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)


DNF at 23%

Because



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Now that's what I call an in-depth review. But that's all you'll get. Because I have no time for this. And because that's how little I care about this story. And I won't even bother rating this. That's how little I care about this story. I said that already, didn't I? Oh well.


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Dirk Grobbelaar
As a kid, when I’d first laid eyes on those guns, I thought they were the coolest things I’d ever seen.
The black lacquer finish of their steel instilled an unreasonable sense of confidence in me. Now that I’d seen real battle, I knew with cool certainty that weapons like these could never repel a Mimic attack.


I’ve had my eye on All You Need is Kill for some time now. When I saw that the book is being adapted into a film, I thought that now is as good a time as any to read it. And I’m glad I did,
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Carmen
They say that people who die in dreams are supposed to live forever.

War is hell.

The Mimics and the humans have been fighting for decades now, with no end in sight. Relentless, innumerable, and nearly unstoppable, the Mimics keep coming in waves. They've turned most of the world into a desert and killed millions of people.

Keiji Kiriya is just a grunt. The woman he loves, a sweet librarian, won't even look him in the eye, and the way things are now the army seems like his only viable option. Train
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Haralambi Markov
I had a very hard time starting this review. There is much to say and reflect upon, yet “All You Need is Kill” is unlike most novels the American and the European audience has had experience with. Prose, length, storytelling, characterization, internals and general take on the genre; all these elements create unfamiliar alien scenery, which needs discovering and an adventurous spirit to experiment with the unknown.

Science fiction is as wide as the universe it explores, virtually endless and whil
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Jonathan
"That's the thing with books. Half the time the author doesn't know what the hell he's writing about - especially not those war novelists."


All You Need Is Kill is a military science fiction novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and which follows the tradition of western science fiction works such as The Forever War by Joe Halderman. However, All You Need Is Kill has its own blend of adrenaline and fury that works to convey the themes of the novel wonderfully, even as a translation. That is the mark of
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Vane
War. Terrible war. Humans vs a race of aliens called Mimics. It's been going on for years now and it seems to go forever - with the odds for humanity growing slimmer with each day that passes. This is the world in which Keiji Kiriya, a Japanese recruit, lives.

Today is gonna be his first battle, and to make him feel even worse, he gets injured.

I'm gonna die on a fucking battlefield. On some godforsaken island with no friends, no family, no girlfriend. In pain, in fear, covered in my own shit bec
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Sh3lly (Not all those who wander are lost)
Ok, so I LOVED this movie. I own the DVD. LOVE Emily Blunt. Laughed, great action and plot. However, the book...



Not my thing, I guess.
Terence
So what do you get when you mix Groundhog Day, a war manga, and Tony Stark's suit of armor he made in a cave? You get All You Need Is Kill. Keiji Kiriya is stuck in a loop fighting aliens to the death...well to his death. Keiji has died during each of his 158 tries to get out of the loop. Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day had it way easier than Keiji Kiriya.

For me All You Need Is Kill is a book with an interesting concept that falls short once Rita Vrataski gets her own point of view. I d
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☣Lynn☣
Another update:

Raising it up to 4 stars again. I've been thinking about this book and the movie nonstop.
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I'll be honest when I say I like the movie better. It's action packed, but the heavy military writing drove me nuts. And I'm not a fan of ending.....


Rita was awesome in this though. She's one bad ass chick. You don't wanna piss her off.








She's seriously one of my top favorite fictional female character.



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Just saw Edge of Tomorrow and I NEED this bo
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Kim
Wow what a rush this book is. From start to finish this book is non-stop. In a world slowly being overrun by monstrous creatures known as Mimics the United Defense Force fights back. This is Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers with a touch of Mechwarrior.

Keiji Kiriya is new recruit about to enter his first battle only to get killed. Then wake up the previous day. And so the cycle goes and over "time" Keiji learns more about the enemy and how to fight it, especially by watching the world's gre
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Tamahome
20.0% "Groundhog day mixed with Starship Troopers. Enjoying it more than I thought I would. I like the Full Metal Bitch. She's not what you think."
65.0% "Getting a little restless with Full Metal B*tch's backstory. I'm so ADD."
83.0% "They're drinking coffee."


It's ok. I was more enamored with the beginning than anything else. It'll be interesting to see how the Tom Cruise movie works out. Not hard sf. Only 200 pages though, which is good for me. I think the illustrations are missing, judging by t
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Paul
“He died in battle . He was reborn in victory“.

In the film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray repeatedly wakes up and re-lives the same 24hrs over and over again. Each time the cycle repeats, he learns another valuable lesson about his life. All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurakzaka has a similar premise but instead of being set in Punxsutawney it is set on the muddy battlefields of Japan in the midst of a future war.

Alien creatures called Mimics have landed and are attempting to invade Earth. Slowly
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Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton
It's over so fast, I almost flipped back a few pages to see if I had missed a chapter.

But no, I hadn't missed anything. All You Need Is Kill sits you down, straps you in, and ignites a rocket strapped to your chair, and before you know it, you've finished, breathless and heart-stopping, palms sweaty and clammy.

All You Need Is Kill is the novel on which the forthcoming movie Edge of Tomorrow is based. With a cover that looks more like it belongs on the front of an anime-style graphic novel (in w
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Dan
Feb 25, 2014 Dan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
The movie adaptation of this Japanese novel is being released in cinemas soon under the title 'Edge of Tomorrow'. I don't believe much of the novel will have actually influenced the movie because the novel is a piece of shit. The only reason I read it was because it had the time travel element, reliving the same day over and over again, like in 'Groundhog Day'. The difference is that the hero Keiji Kiriya is a soldier who dies on the battlefield, which then returns him to the day before. Through ...more
Tfitoby
All You Need is Kill is a very cool title but as it turns out it makes as little sense as Edge of Tomorrow in relation to the content of the novel. Or film.

A thoroughly enjoyable sci-fi actioner that shares more than it's quota of similarities to Heinlein's Starship Troopers (the book people, not the movie) as a green cadet learns to become a dedicated killing machine of alien beings. Only with a fun computer game style reboot time travel gimmick. Killer Cage is a fun creation and his growth is
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Zarah
I haven't seen the movie and have no intention to. They cast an 18-year-old Japanese boy as Tom Cruise (who happens to be white and in his fifties). How does that even work? So, no, that has ruined the movie for me. But I won't hold that against the book.

The book I quite enjoyed. I liked Keiji's tone and the way, after struggling with his new reality, he just got down to the business of making due. I enjoyed the Full Metal Bitch! God, do I love a warrior woman and I really appreciated the way e
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
Live. Die. Repeat.

Sue me for admitting this but I honestly like the movie better. I simply can't resist Emily Blunt and Tom Cruise

For an action-packed book, this is a surprising quick read. I finished in 4.5 hours and I really wanted more of it.

I love the actions. It's ass-kicking. Keiji is immediately in action in the beginning of the book. I imagine that if anyone is in the middle of a full blown battle, the individual would be spitting out curses, crying for mummy and pissing themselves.
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Tasha Robinson
One of the few cases where I think the film (in this case, 2014's Edge Of Tomorrow) was better. This Japanese novel brings up the basic concept of a soldier in a war against an unpredictable alien foe, forced to go back to the beginning of one particular day every time he dies, which he does often. And it originates the videogame tone, where the experience of trying for a goal, dying, respawning, and trying again lets a soldier build skills and get further every time. But the film version does m ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I finished this several days go and am just now getting around to reviewing it. I think I was expecting a little more from it (probably based on the hype and hoopla of late).

There is some good action here. Be ready for the obligatory environmental guilt that became....well obligatory....a while back. It's here. Also the basic threat is tied into this theme.

There is also a lot of (and yes I've used this phrase before and so have a lot of people) "been there, done that, got the T-shirt". The time
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Reev Robledo
Groundhog Day meets Catcher In The Rye meets Platoon meets Starcraft. This book screams out one word all throughout: MOVIE.

I picked this up when I found out that Tom Cruise was making it (can't say the same for Jack Reacher). You either hate or love Tom as an actor or a person, but one thing is is undeniable: he is an excellent filmmaker. He produces quality films and works with renowned directors. So it was more than enough to spark my curiosity.

What a perfectly-crafted novel. Sakurazaka skitte
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Shoa Khan
Live. Die. Repeat.

A kickass Sci-fi tale of a Japanese soldier Keiji Kiriya, who is caught in a Groundhog Day-ish time loop and has the uber cool U.S. soldier Rita Vrataski aka the Full Metal Bitch for company, in the battle against the alien Mimics, who are threatening to take over the earth and destroy all forms of life with it.
Andrew (BritBookBoy)
This was awesome. I'm seeing the movie later and if it's even fifty percent as badass as the book, I will be one happy man. A proper review to come. 4.5 stars ...more
Gabriel
25

I awake sitting here at the computer writing my review. I brush away the chip crumbs from the keyboard as I've done 24 times prior. This last time I was able to get through most of it and almost hit the save but then I got careless and let things go to hell once more.
I'm starting to figure it out but I haven't been able to change anything yet. I still keep going through the same path. This time I think I'm going to switch my sentence structure up and see if something new happens.
This book th
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Jason Gordon
All You Need Is Kill is the novel that inspired the movie Edge of Tomorrow. Many reviewers have expressed their opinions about which was better, but I think both had their strengths. Edge of Tomorrow was driven by the plot -- the premise of the movie being to establish that the war has a just cause. The books states that the humans are defending themselves from mimics terraforming the planet, but the just cause is questioned by the dreamers who protest the war. What you have in the book are the ...more
David
Jun 28, 2010 David rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: scifi
A great addition to the military sci-fi canon. This reminded me a lot of Armor, but with a tighter plot, better writing, and less repetitive descriptions of combat.

The story is basically "Groundhog Day" for space marines. Unlike most military sci-fi, it takes place on Earth for once, as humanity fights a decades long war to rid the planet of a bizzare rapidly evolving alien menace. The story takes place entirely around the protagonist's base and on the battlefield where he is deployed again and
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Kat Wong
The story itself is an interesting concept and the world had potential to be amazing, but it read too much like a script with it's simple sentences and brief descriptions of actions and scenery (perhaps even episodic?), and the ending felt slapped together and forced. I also had a hard time connecting with the characters, but that may be due to the brevity of the book itself and the translation. It's difficult to say if the translation is causing problems and I haven't tried the original Japanes ...more
Brad
Since both the manga and the novel came out at almost the same time, and they're practically identical in every detail, I have to assume that it was only a publishing decision to release the manga (in Japan) several months before the prose. Not surprising, really, since most major fiction in Japan is manga.

Being an obsessive anglophile and a fan of the tale in all its incarnations, I wanted to nitpick any plot differences between the movie, manga, and novel. I didn't mind in the slightest that
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Noel Thingvall
Pros: Clever use of the Groundhog's Day formula, especially with the explanation given. Crisp, gritty, fast-paced writing that really pulls me into the world, and the battle scenes are great. Has a very cynical edge, but one that gives it color and feels natural, and rarely over does it to the point of being aggravating. Rita Vrataski is a fascinating and compelling character. Great third act twist that leaves things on an unexpected punch. Interesting short afterward by the author talking about ...more
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Kanji Name: 桜坂洋

Sakurazaka made his debut in 2002 at the second Super Dash Novel Rookie of the Year Award with the novel Mahō tsukai no netto, which was later published in December 2003 under the name Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō. This work has subsequently been expanded into a series of light novels and has also been made into an anime. In 2004 he was presented the S-F Magazine Readers Award's best sho
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All You Need Is Kill 1 All You Need Is Kill 2 All You Need is Kill (manga): 2-in-1 Edition Slum Online よくわかる現代魔法: たったひとつじゃない冴えたやりかたTMTOWTDI。[Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō: Tatta Hitotsu Ja Nai Saeta Yarikata Tmtowtdi]

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