Starts really slow. Or better said, it was a drag, to be honest. I was waiting impatiently for Kevin to be born. Eva's voice was OK but the way it was narrated... all over the place. It is when Kevin is born that things get interesting.
The movie was good, but now that I've read the book, I think they made Eva wrong. She was not a cold-heart princess; she truly loved her husband, and tried to get closer to Kevin. On the other hand, Kevin is such a complex character every reader will have her/his own point of view in regards to his behavior.
IMO, it was not Eve's fault that Kevin was that way. It is very easy to blame it on the parents, but because the parents do not want to be parents, or in this case, because the mother could not love her own son, does that mean that all loveless children will turn into serial killers? No, not necessarily. It seems like Kevin is a psychopath since he is born.. no baby and no normal kid would act that way only to annoy her/his cold mother. His way of acting, of speaking, of thinking.. everything leads to think he is a psycho. But then that incident occurs, where he is sick and acts like a normal boy, and it makes you doubt. Does he care for his mother? Is it all an act? His feelings towards his mother is the big mystery; all the other (his feelings for his father and sister and society) is not.
Manga was OK... I liked it.
Movie was awesome... I loved it.
Novel is as awesome as the movie... or maybe even more. The movie and the novel complement each other; one for the visual, and the other for the background history.
42 students that enter in the Program, only 1 can survive. There may be too many students, but we get to know each one of them. I loved that; that they are not random characters that kill and get killed. And each kill was.. WOW. So gore, so violent and all different from each other.
Not only Shuya is the MC, but Noriko, Shogo [(although I knew beforehand of his death, I was in denial.. why did he have to die? He was a great character )], Shinji as well... The death of the girls are so memorable (Takako's, the girls at the lighthouse...) WOW
I may say that the only tiny thing I liked better in the movie is Sakamochi. In the novel, he is a crazy, sadistic, rapist psycho (just like in the manga). In the movie, he (at least that we know of), does not rape anyone.
Excellent book, that does not get lost in translation at all