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Hack//Another Birth, Volume 1 by Miu Kawasaki
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Dec 27, 10

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bookshelves: young-adult-fiction, science-fiction
Read in December, 2010

This "light novel," as they call novelizations of manga and anime, is a good story, but not a complete one. It doesn't stand alone as a book, and there is no resolution. At best, there might have been a slightly climactic battle scene, but even that is a little vague.
I had trouble with the main character, who constantly flips between guilt about possibly helping cause her brother's injury and worrying about simple real-world high school matters, all while trying to solve the mystery of the game that triggered her brother's coma. As a result, her personality is superficial and unconvincing, and none of the other family members are more than cardboard.
If the story resolves in the later volumes, that's great, but the author is asking a lot of the reader to make this leap of faith.
The game parts of the story are the redeeming aspect, since they are the most convincingly like the manga and anime versions.

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