The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

If the title seems familiar to you, there’s a very good reason. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is a hit anime series. Though, most people believe the manga (comic) spawned the anime, which spawned the novels, this is not the case.

The first Haruhi novel debuted in 2003. The manga came later, then came the anime. There are, in total, nine novels about the world of Haruhi Suzumiya. A tenth novel is due to come out in Japan by the end of the year.

Just what is the deal with Haruhi Suzumiya? Well, she has the power to create worlds and bend them to her will. If she thought it would be cool if Godzilla was real and stomped through the city, it would happen. Her friends prevent her from taking these ideas too far. If she knew she had this power, the world would implode. Aliens would be everywhere, time travelers would pop out of Deloreans left and right. It’d be crazy.

Haruhi is a first year high school student who is bored out of her mind (hence why she’s melancholic). She wants to meet aliens, time travelers, and espers, just to have fun with them.

She forms a club, the SOS Brigade, specifically to advertise wanting to meet these kinds of people. Three of the people who join her group are an alien, a time traveler, and an esper. All three are drawn to Suzumiya because she willed it. Though, Haruhi doesn’t know this.

The story is told from the point of view of Kyon, a friend of Haruhi’s who gets caught up in Haruhi’s schemes.

This is a very good start to a series. I have found that Young Adult fiction tends to be very different from most modern fiction because they take that “What if?” that drives most novels and really does something crazy and special with it.

Offical webpage for the book.


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