Saturday, April 05, 2014

All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

(hb; 2004)

From the back cover:

"When alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of the many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill.  Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again.  On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch.  Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?"


Kill, for the most part, reads like an action-packed, waste-no-words and hard (tech-savvy) science fiction take on Groundhog Day.  Character development and word count are minimal in this fast read and it kept my attention through most of it; near the end, it drags out a bit, but it has a solid finish. 

This is worth checking out from the library, or picking up for a few dollars.


This novel is the basis for the forthcoming film Edge of TomorrowScheduled for a June 6, 2014 stateside release, Edge is directed by Doug Liman from a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth.

Tom Cruise plays Lt. Col. Bill Page.  Emily Blunt plays Rita Vratatski.  Lara Pulver plays Karen Lord.  Jeremy Piven plays Col. Walter Marx. Madeleine Mantock plays Julie.  Bill Paxton is also in the film, but doesn't (as of this writing) list the name of his character.

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