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All You Need Is Kill

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  6,789 ratings  ·  903 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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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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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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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 a
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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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Carmen
Jun 06, 2014 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
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. Training has turned him into a hard-bodied soldier, but when it comes to
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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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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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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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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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Dan S
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
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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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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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
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
Louise
Wow, what a ride that was! Part Groundhog Day and part Neon Genesis Evangelion, All You Need Is Kill is one heck of a sci-fi action novel. If it were all action and mech fights, I would only rate it a 2.5 stars, but because it contains one heck of a brain twister, I upped my rating to 4 stars. I already gave too much way by mentioning Groundhog Day (and I wish I hadn't read that about the book prior to reading it), but it really is hard to describe the book without saying that.

At first, I was a
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Nathan Van Coops
I picked up this book after having seen Edge of Tomorrow, the summer blockbuster that was loosely based on this novel. Loosely-based is the key phrase here. I liked the film and also enjoyed the book, but despite the rebranding of the cover, readers should not expect the stories to be very related. Imagine the basic idea for a story featuring a Japanese hero, a couple of plot points, and a badass female secondary character, then remove the main hero character and replace him with an altogether d ...more
Martti
This is the novella that the movie "Edge of Tomorrow" is based on, loosely I might add. But never the less, the movie experience of the year led me to this read and a good one it was indeed.

This is why Amazon is great - they enable you to find whatever and when you want it. The so called "long tail", meaning non-popular titles. I found out that the movie was based on the novella and went out searching.

I believe I have never read an original japanese story before. And sure enough it was a really
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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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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
Budd
This was a great little read. It follows Keiji as he goes “ground hog day” on the day of his first battle against a near unstoppable alien force.


It was actually a pretty refreshing read. A background in mecha anime might help as would some knowledge of Japanese culture, but I don’t think it is necessary to enjoy this book.

You get to know Keiji really well in this book. Besides him really only one other character is fleshed out, but they are all background characters as this is really Keiji’s sto
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ambimb
And now for something completely different. My brother-in-law recommended this (and loaned me the kindle version—thank you!) as the basis of this summer's sci-fi Tom Cruise vehicle, "Edge of Tomorrow." Considering this is so unlike anything I've read before, I did enjoy it. It's short, which is great bc the premise, though brilliant, would wear thin if not for the fast pace and terse, direct writing style. The basic idea is that the first-person narrator slowly learns that he must fight the same ...more
Brendan
Keiji Kiriya is having a bad day. He’s being sent into battle a green, green, greenhorn rookie driving a dangerous body rig (called a ‘jacket’) against a monstrous horde of alien creatures that look like bloated dead frogs the size of whiskey casks. And then he has to do it again. And again. All You Need Is Kill‘s elevator pitch is pretty simple — Groundhog Day during an alien war. A few thoughts:

- This book’s title is awfully close to perfect, as far as I’m concerned.
- While a light read (not q
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Darkchaplain
All You Need Is Kill, recently adapted as a movie under the title Edge of Tomorrow (and subsequently also re-released as a movie tie-in version, featuring the new title, urgh!), is a fast-paced sci-fi action novel. It uses common tropes, chief among them the time-loop and mankind fighting a losing battle against alien invaders, to craft a well-balanced narrative that is a joy to breeze through.

Hiroshi Sakurazaka has written a grim story. Main character Kiriya Keiji is stuck in an unending nightm
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Syahira Sharif
I watched Edge of Tomorrow first and read the manga before I started reading the book. Honestly, the manga followed the novel more faithfully than Edge of Tomorrow did but they're all good adaptation of this YA dystopia/scifi military novel. Yes, the title is grammatically problematic and I know many would see it and hiss and hey, I'm not grammatical perfect or live in a pure English medium environment either so I'm okay with it. Then again, I don't particularly care about proper grammars while ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
269 - 2014

I must say that I love this book.

Meskipun memang pada awalnya aku tertarik baca light novel ini hanya karena penasaran saja. Mengapa juga sampai penasaran? Simply karena salah satu mangaka favoritku, Takeshi Obata (Hikaru No Go, Death Note, Bakuman), membuat versi manganya.



Nice artwork, as expected of Obata-sensei


Baru setelah itu aku ngeh, bahwa versi manga All You Need Is Kill(sebut saja AYNIK) ini diterbitkan di Weekly ShonenJumpJepang dan Amerika karena untuk menyambut perilisan
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Michael Loring
DIE IN BATTLE, REBORN IN VICTORY.

All You Need Is Kill is a Japanese light science fiction novel by Author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and the basis for the new movie Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt.

Keiji Kiriya is a greenhorn – a fresh recruit in the Japanese military. He’s trained to operate a machine called a Jacket; a suit of armor that’s designed to enhance a soldier’s capability on the battlefield. He’s never seen battle before, but is slated to be deployed on Kotoiushi Island
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Glenn Conley
I saw the movie "Edge of Tomorrow" this summer, which was based on this book. The movie was fucking awesome, so I absolutely had to read this book. The book didn't have quite the hollywood happy ending as the movie, but it did have an ending that made a bit more sense.

Often times, when I read a book after seeing the movie, I quit reading half way through, because fuck, I know what's going to happen, right? Well, with this book, I had no fucking clue what was going to happen, because it was that
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Sam
All You Need is Kill is a fast-paced, action-packed ride of a book. I think I can honestly say it is like nothing I have ever read before. Main character Keiji's voice shines through as he narrates his journey through the time loop in a constant battle against the alien Mimics. Rookie Jacket jockey Keiji has never wanted to play the hero, but after he is launched into a time loop of the same thirty hours time and time again, he finds himself improving beyond the skill of the other soldiers, yet ...more
Profundus Librum
A pusztuló világ, az igencsak drámai helyzet, vagyis a kiindulópont tehát rendben van, a háborús kezdőjelenet és a zöldfülű csapongó, rémült gondolatai azonnal beszippantják az olvasót. Ez mihelyst megtörténik, nagyjából letehetetlen lesz a rövidke könyv – aminek egyetlen valódi hibája, hogy 224 oldalba belefért. (Hosszabban lehet, hogy unalmasabb lett volna, így legalább üresjáratnak még helye sincsen, szóval lehet, hogy ez a terjedelem mégsem hiba!)

A szerző stílusára nem lehet panaszunk. Rövid
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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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