Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 | Book Review

‘Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to track down the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal…or his life?’

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I couldn’t make myself put the book down once I started to read it. I just enjoyed it so much and the story was so gripping. Good and bad are not as simply divided as black and white; there are grey areas too. And Light is a perfect example of that. I absolutely fell in love with the main character (not that I agreed with what he was doing) as he was created perfectly. He was a funny mix of smart yet evil.

At the beginning of Death Note, there was a lot of information given to us all at once which could get a little confusing to someone who hadn’t seen the anime but that was pretty easy to get over once you understood what was going on.

Death Note definitely makes you think about good vs bad and whether or not you agree with what Light is doing. You start to question what you would do in Light’s situation. Does an eye for an eye make the whole world blind or do evil people deserve to be punished with death?

Death Note really makes you think and question your morals and for that I absolutely love it. I also love the artwork as there was so much detail for a very detailed plot.

Have you read Death Note before? If so, what do you think of it?

Eleanor May

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4 Comments

  1. October 19, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    I loved the anime and wanted to read the manga – until I realised how many they were… Maybe if I can get them from a library?

  2. October 20, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    I have never read this book. It is not one that would normally appeal to me. However, I am interested in some of the subjects that you mention it highlights.

  3. October 21, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    I’ve never read or heard of Death Note before but I’m hooked on to the storyline after reading all the above. I love gripping books that you just can’t put down so I’ll need to go and check this one out,
    Zara xx

  4. November 4, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    I haven’t read it – but I checked out the anime and enjoyed it for the most part – but the pacing got a little funny for me towards the end and I never really finished it. I have been meaning to get ahold of the manga ever since, figuring that that pacing would probably work better in print than on screen.

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