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Five Great Reads For Fans of Death Note

Whether you’ve enjoyed the manga, anime, novels, Japanese movies, television drama, musical, or recent American movie, Death Note comes in many forms. The story of a notebook that kills anyone whose name is written in it goes beyond its supernatural premise to press questions of ethics, relationships, justice, and personal responsibility.

Below is a list of titles available in the Richland Library catalog that should appeal to different stripes of Death Note fans. Their catalog listings can be found beneath this article, and can be found in ebook and audio formats where applicable.

Anyone looking for a primer on the world of manga and what it's about is encouraged to attend Richland Library Ballentine's Manga 101 event Tuesday, September 19 at 6:00.

Riders of the Apocalypse series (Hunger, Rage, Loss, Breath) by Jackie Morse Kessler

Each book in this series follows a teen who has been chosen to become a new Rider of the Apocalypse. Each recipient has a personal connection to their assignment, whether it’s an anorexic Famine, self-cutting Rage, bullied-turned-bully Pestilence, or suicidal Death. The series explores how these forces act as a balance in life, as well as how people exercise and control their power.

Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki

Alien parasites are invading Earth, and they completely possess their prey by burrowing under their skin and taking over the brainstem. One alert teen, Shin, manages to halt his parasite partway up his arm, and ends up sharing his body with the creature. Their symbiotic relationship is put to the test when possessed animals and humans begin feeding on the regular populace. How far should Shin and his symbiote go to save each other? When is lethal force okay to use in defense of strangers? Who has a right to live?

Hate List by Jennifer Brown (available on Overdrive and cloudLibrary)

Valerie’s once-happy relationship with Nick is torn apart when their “Hate List” of people they’d rather see dead turns out to be Nick’s actual hitlist used for a school shooting. While Valerie was able to save a life during the shooting, she is ostracized in the community for helping create the list. She struggles to reconcile her love for Nick with her guilt over the tragedy he inflicted on their town.

Monster by Naoki Urasawa

Dr. Tenma once made a decision between two lives in need of saving, and that rescued patient turned out to become a serial killer. This series evolves from a simple murder investigation into an exploration of evil and its influence on everyone in its path.

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

This autobiographical story shares Derf’s high school anecdotes about serial killer Jeffery Dahmer. How did he get along with people as a teenager? What were the signs that Dahmer’s morality was spinning out of control? Was there a point of no return?


Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Amazon Says: "Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world." Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic s more...
Amazon Says: "Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world." Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?      Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons?      A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens. less...
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Rage by Jackie Morse Kessler
Amazon Says: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Sixteen-year-old Missy copes with being an outcast at school and stress at home by cutting herself with a razor blade, until Death choos more...
Amazon Says: FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Sixteen-year-old Missy copes with being an outcast at school and stress at home by cutting herself with a razor blade, until Death chooses her as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, War, and offers her a new blade. less...
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Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler
Amazon Says: Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. But things change drastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider of the A more...
Amazon Says: Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. But things change drastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now armed with a Bow that allows him to strike with disease from a distance, Billy lashes out at his tormentors...and accidentally causes an outbreak of meningitis. Horrified by his actions, Billy begs Death to take back the Bow. For that to happen, says Death, Billy must track down the real White Rider, and stop him from unleashing something awful on humanity—something that could make the Black Plague look like a summer cold. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground—and the courage to save the world? less...
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Breath by Jackie Morse Kessler
Amazon Says: Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t just harbingers of doom—they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and c more...
Amazon Says: Contrary to popular belief, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse aren’t just harbingers of doom—they actually keep life in balance. But what happens when their leader and creator, Death, becomes suicidal?     Before the first living thing drew its first gasping breath, he was there. He has watched humanity for millennia. And he has finally decided that humanity is not worth the price he has paid time and again. When Death himself gives up on life, a teenager named Xander Atwood is the world's only hope. But Xander bears a secret, one that may bring about the end of everything.     This heart-pounding final installment of the Riders of the Apocalypse series looks at the value of life, the strength of love, and how a small voice can change everything . . . forever. less...
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Parasyte 1 by Hitoshi Iwaaki
Amazon Says: SILENT INVASION They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures more...
Amazon Says: SILENT INVASION They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade–and take control of–a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret–except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come? Ages 16+ less...
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My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Amazon Says: The bone-chilling graphic novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer.   NATIONAL BESTSELLER 2013 ALA/YALSA Al more...
Amazon Says: The bone-chilling graphic novel that inspired the major motion picture starring Ross Lynch as Jeffrey Dahmer.   NATIONAL BESTSELLER 2013 ALA/YALSA Alex Award 2014 Revelation Award at Angoulême 2015 ALA/YALSA Alex Award (Excellence in Narrative Nonfiction)   Named a BEST OF 2012 by Time, The Village Voice, A.V. Club, comiXology, Boing Boing, Publishers Weekly, MTV Geek, and more!   You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer—the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper—seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, "Jeff" was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche—a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.   Also available by Derf Backderf, Trashed. Find teaching guides for My Friend Dahmer and other titles at abramsbooks.com/resources. less...
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Death Note Manga Set by Tsugumi Ohba
Amazon Says: "Death Note" written by Tsugumi Ohba artist Takeshi Obata from the world's most cutting-edge Manga Shonen Jump Advanced. more...
Amazon Says: "Death Note" written by Tsugumi Ohba artist Takeshi Obata from the world's most cutting-edge Manga Shonen Jump Advanced. less...
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