This is my favourite book. I know that is a bold claim for a book lover who has never declared one book her true love, but I stand by this comment. The film based on it is alright and I like it, it’s just a different translation and should be considered separately. I have yet to get my hands on the manga.
Keiji Kiriya is a soldier shoved into battle armour called a Jacket and is forced to defend the Earth from Mimics, the aliens invading and destroying everything organic on this planet. In his first battle, Keiji dies as he kills this different Mimic... then he wakes up to the day before. In some weird process, this soldier has stolen the alien’s power of reliving the day again and again and again, remembering everything that happened before and learning the best way to win.
He is alone in this loop.
That is until the Full Metal Bitch, a war junkie, asks him “How many loops is this for you?”
The guys doing the English translation have made this into an excellent read. It was smooth and made sense, which is important. If it had been a direct translation with no consideration for the reader then it would be hard to follow and understand. I congratulate these guys.
The story is great. Excellent character development, Keiji goes from first timer pissing himself to coward and then to diligent student to finally determined killing machine. The twists are great, don’t worry I am not going to give anything away. I even liked the change of perspectives, jumping from Keiji to Rita and even a little snap shot about the aliens and their purpose and origins which the humans would never know about.
At the heart of this is a love story that you don’t expect.
There is so much about this book that I love, but if I keep on writing then I will reveal things that you should discover on your own. I do declare All You Need Is Kill is a modern classic.
Thank you Hiroshi Sakurazaka.