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「これは、ゲームであっても遊びではない」

クリアするまで脱出不可能、ゲームオーバーは本当の“死”を意味する。謎の次世代MMO『ソードアート・オンライン(SAO)』の“真実”を知らずログインした約一万人のユーザーと共に、その過酷なデスバトルは幕を開けた。
SAOに参加した一人である主人公・キリトは、いち早くこのMMOの“真実”を受け入れる。そして、ゲームの舞台となる巨大浮遊城『アインクラッド』で、パーティを組まないソロプレイヤーとして頭角をあらわしていった。
クリア条件である最上階層到達を目指し、熾烈な冒険(クエスト)を単独で続けるキリトだったが、レイピアの名手・女流剣士アスナの強引な誘いによって彼女とコンビを組むことになってしまう。その出会いは、キリトに運命とも呼べる契機をもたらし……。果たして、キリトはこのゲームから抜け出すことができるのか。

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 10th 2009 by ASCII Media Works
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Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]

"A huge castle made of stone and steel floating in an endless sky.
That was all this world was.

Above, there were 100 floors stacking straight upwards; its sheer size was unbelievable. It was impossible to even guess how much data it consisted of.
Inside, there were a couple of large cities along with countless small scale towns and villages, forests and plains, and even lakes. Only one stairway linked each floor to another, and the stairways existed in dungeons where large numbers of monsters roam
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Alexandria Tale
IT'S SUPER AWESOME!

I watched the anime first, and I was instantly hooked. Thanks for my bro for showing me this awesome light novel, or more likely, the anime. The anime was well-made, with just a few scenes being omitted. I hope there would be second season of the anime!

Anyway, the story is set in the future. On 2022, Japan had finally developed the first VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game), with the technology of Full Dive, which allowed the player to fully
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♥ ᔕαmi
Absolutely LOVED this light novel! If i could give more stars i would.

What i like most about this story is it wasnt even written to be a published title. But it was written with 100% heart and imagination.

Beautiful and sad tale of a large group of people being stuck together in a virtual reality world where they have to fight for their lives. It shows compassion, fear and love.

The main characters are both very likable and all you can do is wish and hope that they escape the virtual living hell t
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Kristina
I really like the premise of this story. I am really loving the anime so far (my impatience to see more episodes is what led me do finding the light novel). I was surprised by how well done the translation seemed - for the most part reading this in English seemed really natural. For some reason that I just can't quite put my finger on, I can't give this more than two stars. The way Kirito and Asuna's relationship developed kind of annoyed me. It seemed a little rushed and forced. Perhaps it was ...more
James F. Evans
First off, have to say, that the Anime brought me here... anyone who wasn't draw to the light novels after the anime is either lazy/dumb or both...

SAO #1 follows the story of Kirito inside a futuristic virtual game in which a person becomes the avatar in the game and is fully set inside the game, to the point in which a few software modifications can leave you trapped inside, without any way out, except the game's developer overwriting the code... *wink*

The story develops beautifully and takes y
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Illias
The start of this series is really 5 stars. I really had high hopes for it, but as it goes on it really gets poor. That being said, I still enjoy it.

Worth reading & watching
Elspeth
I enjoyed the ending, but I enjoyed the anime much more. I will probably pick up book two because I hear it's better than this one, and it contains some of my favorite arcs from the anime.
Lucas Marr
One of the best books I have ever read. Of course I read this book because of the anime ,but I still loved both the book and anime.

Most people are complaining about how the story rushed Kirito and Asuna but that just means they have not read the second book in which Kirito goes on some of the adventures and quests in that were in the anime.

I will tell you a little bit about the story now. The year is 2022 and a new game has come out the name of the game is "Sword Art Online" (SAO). The game is
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Alice
Sword Art Online is one of those where I absolutely love the idea but am really disappointed by the execution. I probably should have known better because I didn’t really like the anime when I tried to watch that, but I thought maybe I’d get on better when the novel. The novel pretty much reads like a description of the anime (I know the novel came first), although I’ve not read anything Japanese before so I don’t know if that is the style to exaggeration emotions and psychical responses. I disl ...more
Fiction State Of Mind
American Filmmakers can learn a lot about adapting novels from the Japanese. I originally saw the animals for this series and fell in love with it. When I saw the novels in the store I brought the first 2. The story in the novel is a definite match for the animated series with only a few differences. In this novel players in a virtual reality game are told they are trapped in it until the final level is cleared. That might not sound so bad to a hard core gamer but there is one catch: if you die ...more
Alex G
Overall
The prologue was good in centering the reader in this YA/shonen world, but the explanations of in-game mechanics--which were for the most part basic for anyone who's played RPGs--could've been left out or shunted to an appendix. Lots of lackluster, static description of the game world.

Great poetic description of (view spoiler) game death, but overall there is not much characterization nor character background. Kawahara could've put Kirito's motivation for not joi
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Aja Jacobson
I watched the anime first so I think that because of that I liked this book more than I would have. It's not a bad book by any means, but it probably would have been closer to three stars had I read it without knowing anything.

Firstly, the language is a little choppy. I expect that from a translation though, so again, not a huge problem. What did bother me is the layout. This book is NOT in chronological order, it jumps around a bit. Again, not bad in theory, but not well executed here. For ins
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Sean O'Hara
Sword Art Online: Aincrad (available in English through Baka Tsuki)

Imagine that there's a revolutionary new VR game platform -- not one of those lame things from the '90s where you strapped a low-res LCD over your eyes and used a primitive motion controller to play. No, this is the real thing, a helmet that taps directly into your brain, giving you a fully immersive experience in a virtual world that stimulates all your senses.

Now imagine that all the games for the platform suck -- it's a new sy
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Bruce Lee
Sword art online or SAO follows the protagonist, Kirito, who is trapped with many others inside a massive multiplayer online role playing game. To free everyone who is trapped in the game, Kirito and his companions must clear all one hundred floors. However there is one important factor, dying in this alternate reality results in death in real life. Kirito meets a lot friends and enemies, falls in love and grows more mature everyday. A comparison I have to make with this novel is the 2003 movie, ...more
Miquel
My very first japanese "light novel"! I've wanted to read the whole book after viewing a couple of episodes of the anime version of it airing right now in Japan.

People trapped inside a game in a virtual reality, seemed very ".Hack//Sign"-ish to me at first. But I've liked it a lot more! It's a shame the plot could be so much deep and interesting than it actually is ("blame" the 120 pages limit of the japanese light novel competitions :P...), in the end what remains of the main plot is simply the
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Monique*
This was the first light novel I read and I can honestly say that is one of the best books I have ever read. Yeah, I started reading it because of the anime like everybody else, and the anime is amazing but between the anime and the novel I can't possibly choose one over the other.

Well, I'll start by telling you a little bit about the story:
The story begins in the year 2022 when a new sort of game is released. It's a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) calle
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Viv
I only read this book, because I watched the anime. Throughout the months that SAO aired in, I've read critiques and listened to my friends' comments on the anime itself (which were both super negative or super positive). Because of this, my viewpoint on this book may be skewed.

Reading the novel was most definitely better than watching the anime. Actions and questions that were left unanswered and unexplained in the anime were, for the most part, explained and answered in this book. The thought
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Alejandro Gonzalez
I really liked this book.

The basic premise is that Kirito is one of 10,000 people who are trapped in a Matrix-like MMORPG, while their bodies are motionless in the real world. They have to fight to the 100th floor of the castle to escape, and if they die in the game, they die in real life.

I was very reluctant, at first, to read this, because it seemed very similar to .Hack as well as the Matrix. However, it manages to escape both of these boundaries and stand as a great piece of manga/anime fict
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Lissa Valle
Normally I feel like "anime books" are poorly translated and poorly written and are just difficult and annoying to read.

Here is an exception.

Sword Art Online is an excellent read. It's fast paced with surprisingly detailed and lovely imagery. It kept you wanting more and I always found it so difficult to put the book down. It makes it easy to feel so strongly for the characters and to get attached to them and really understand their struggle even in this strange fantasy/MMORPG setting.

I loved
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Brandon Varnell
Having watched the anime I knew I had to get my hands on the light novels. As an avid fan of Japanese pop culture and an even more avid reader, I found myself truly enjoying this story. I will also admit to having taken a guilty pleasure in Kirito's and Asuna's blossoming romance, being something of a hopeless romantic myself.

One of the things I loved most about SAO was not just the story and depth of character, but the world that Reki built and the originality of the story itself. Before SAO th
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Feby
Entah mungkin karena saya sudah nonton anime nya ya? Jadinya ini rasanya datar. @_@

Narasinya kurang oke. Kirito-kun rasanya seperti robot aja. Plotnya sendiri berjalan cepat bukan main. Sesuai dengan anime nya sih. Ditambah penjelasan dan adegan tambahan. Fanservice is everywhere. Lebih dari anime nya malah -__-

Not to mention, flaw besar yang ada di ending. Man, dua tahun koma gitu lho. Masa masih bisa jalan sih? Sebulan ga ngapa-ngapain aja, jalan udah susah. o__o

Satu hal. Kirito-kun ini adala
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Deniz
2.75 STARS

When my friend begged me to watch the Sword Art Online anime prior to me purchasing this book, I was a bit sceptical. I've heard many great things about Sword Art Online, but the series has been criticised as well. I decided to buy the light novel first because in my experience, the manga/light novel has almost always been better than the anime.

The premise of the story greatly interested me at first: thousands of hardcore games trapped in the very game they thought would help them esca
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Rebecca Sorriaux
Mon avis : J’ai beaucoup aimé ce livre qui m’a permis de découvrir ce manga/anime assez connu.
J’ai trouvé la répartition en deux parties plutôt bien, ça permettait une meilleure compréhension.
Dans la première partie, on suit Kirito dans l’Aincrad, ce monde virtuel devenu si réel. On le voit évoluer aux côtés de tous ceux plongés dans ce jeu, on fait la connaissance de personnages forts tels qu’Agil, Klein et Asuna, la jeune fille qui fait battre le cœur de Kirito.
On découvre l’Aincrad, ce monde
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Omegavesko
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Maki
I don't know why I did this to myself. I knew I wasn't going to enjoy it. I suppose that in my mind, I thought of it as reconnaissance work, to try to better understand where all of the "Kirito" and "Asuna" clones suddenly flooding the few MMOs I played were coming from.



I enjoyed the premise of the light novel - the whole "being trapped in a video game until you beat it and if you die in the game you die in real life" thing. I also liked the idea that once in the game, the players were stripped
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Laura
Sword Art Online Aincrad Vol. 1, the first volume of a series of light novels by Reki Kawahara, is an enjoyable read. I found myself unable to put the book down as I found myself once again absorbed into Kirito's world. It is a novel about survival against all odds in extreme circumstances and while entertaining in its own right, it definitely has its flaws.

The characters in the series lean toward being unrealistic teenagers. If I were a teenager trapped in a game of death, I doubt that I would
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Jonathan Walles
I actually watched the anime for this first before ever picking up the book, and while I don't think the series is the second coming of Jesus like most others do, I did at the very least find the story and characters entertaining. (In the anime at least.)

Some beef I had with the anime was how easily they time skip over a lot of the events in the story. For example: I think they said a year had passed after the first episode.
I was like "wait, what? that's a lot of time and potential story to jus
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Pranith Madishetti
Sword Art Online Volume 1
Reki Kawahara

"This, might be a game, but it isn't meant to be played."
-Kayaba Akihiko

This is the first book the the super popular series "Sword Art Online" this was the book the started it all. It was what started the show that many people love today (of course there are the people who don't like it). The plot follows a teenage boy Kirigaya Kazuto, who is know as Kirito in the world. Kirito get's trapped in the death game Sword art online by the creator Kayaba Akihiko. T
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Lucas Marr
One of the best books I have ever read. Of course I read this book because of the anime ,but I still loved both the book and anime.

Most people are complaining about how the story rushed Kirito and Asuna but that just means they have not read the second book in which Kirito goes on some of the adventures and quests in that were in the anime.

I will tell you a little bit about the story now. The year is 2022 and a new game has come out the name of the game is "Sword Art Online" (SAO). The game is
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Doug
If you are like me, and watched the anime series—also called Sword Art Online—and felt like there were gaps in the story that you were interested in filling in, then you might not be quite satisfied with the light novel that was the original source material. In fact, of the 14 episodes that make up the initial story-line arc, this novel only covers the plot of six of the episodes (episodes 1, 8-10, 13, 14). Hints towards the events of another couple of episodes are contained in a couple of lines ...more
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Kawahara Reki (川原礫) is the writer of Sword Art Online and Accel World. He also uses the pen name Kunori Fumio. His hobby is cycling.
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Sword Art Online Light Novels (1 - 10 of 18 books)
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