Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Book Review: All You Need is Kill
This is the book that led to the movie Edge of Tomorrow (which is now retitled Live Die Repeat or Eat Pray Repeat or something). I haven't seen the movie, and I've heard that the ending is significantly different, which makes sense, because the book's ending is not terribly Hollywood, while it makes perfect sense in the universe of the book. Reading this book is like watching a foreign movie -- the translation and character moments are all just this side of awkward, but that's part of its charm as well. I don't find the combat or combat prep descriptions to be completely convincing, but it moves so quickly and takes so many twists and turns that it's best to just put your head down and go where it takes you. The good ideas outnumber the bad or unconvincing ones, and it's got a vivid comic-book sensibility that worked for me. If the movie lives up to the book, it'll be a good one, and there's room to improve on the book while retaining the twisty plot that makes the book good.