Title: Attack On Titan
Author: Hajime Isayama
Average Page Length: 200-ish pages
Volumes: 17 + several spin off series + light novels
Synopsis: It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by enormous walls as a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures that eat humans seemingly without reason.
The story initially centers on Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and childhood friend Armin Arlert, who joins the military to fight the Titans after their home town is invaded and Eren’s mother is eaten.
However, as the story progresses and the truths about the Titans are slowly revealed to the reader, the narrative shifts to encompass Historia Reiss, squad leader Levi, and other supporting characters.
In this post-apocalytpic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. Seemingly unintelligent, they have roamed the world for years, killing everyone they see. For the past century, what’s left of man has hidden in a giant, three-walled city. People believe their 100-meter-high walls will protect them from the Titans, but the sudden appearance of an immense Titan is about to change everything.
“Channel the anger swelling inside you
Fighting the boundary ’till you break through
Deep in your soul there’s no hesitation
So make yourself the one they all fear
There is a wild fire inside you
Burning desire you can’t extinguish
Your crimson arrow
Rips through the twilight
This is the moment for war!”
― Hajime Isayama, Attack On Titan
Why did I chose this book?
This series is all kinds of wrong and graphic horror. I shall elaborate with a few choice pages: (I guess some spoilers and VERY disturbing imagery ahead… Skip down to the bottom if you do not wish to see.)
That is all.
What I love/like about it:
- That it is so unabashedly horrific and gruesome at times. (The anime I think is worse because it’s… well… animated.)
- That there is no happy ending in sight. I’m not entirely through reading this series, but I just have this feeling we’re not gonna get a happy ending. AND I LOVE THAT. ❤ I get sick and tired sometimes, of these ridiculously terrible situations somehow ending with sugar plums and roses, especially in a horror book. I mean — Hello! It’s HORRIFYING because THERE IS NO ESCAPE. *eyeroll*
Warnings or Triggers
(highlight below to see)
If you have a soul… you might wanna hide it now.
Not to mention the author is something of a war enthusiast, so… BE PREPARED FOR THAT SHIT.
ALTERNATIVE TITLES FOR THE DAY
I would say first and foremost, the rest of the series: You can find it HERE.
Secondly, any of the many additional titles adapted from, spin-off’d, or sequels of…
* Spin-off Light Novels:
– Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Light Novels
– Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City
– Lost Girls
* Spin-off Manga:
– Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Manga
– Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Trailer
– Attack on Titan: No Regrets
– Attack on Titan: No Regrets: Prologue
* Attack on Titan Omnibus: Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition
* Parody manga:
– Attack on Titan: Junior High Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition)
– Attack on Titan: Junior High
* Yonkoma manga: Spoof on Titan
Lastly, any of these fine titles (that I also REALLY, REALLY wanted to add to this month’s line-up):