Another (light novel) (英語) ハードカバー – 2014/10/28
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In the spring of 1998, Koichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they're walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected. Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Koichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead...?
Definitely is worth checking out for anime fans and even new comers, there are differences.
The characters themselves are incredibly believable, even as they do things that don't seem to make much sense until later on in the story when the author describes their motivations. There was great a chemistry between Mei and Sakikabara that starts boiling from the moment he first sees her.
Having seen the anime and live-action movie(Which is nigh unwatchable) I can say that I am grateful that hatchet press brought over the source material. Yukito Ayatsuji weaves an exciting tale of supernatural mystery and suspense that truly draws you in and makes you want to keep digging into the frightening world of Yomiyama if for no other reason than to find out who is the causality.
I would have given the book five stars, but the break in the middle of the story didn't leave me with the cliff hanger/wanting more feeling that the publisher was going for. It just left the story feeling somewhat flat an unfulfilled. (But I assure you it is worth reading this book for the amazing page turner that is volume 2)
If you enjoy psychological horror and a good mystery I would read this. It is a very easy read and quick. The only downside is you may need to look up some references to Japanese culture which are not explained in the book. This is at best a minor inconvenience and I do not feel detracts at all from the story.