L Change the WorLd is a sequel to the Death Note movie based on the popular anime. This movie is entirely dedicated to L, and his last 23 days on Earth after having caught Kira. This is a novel version of that movie and contains many events that do not take place in the film.
I read this book the other day when I had nothing else to do at a bookstore. I saw a death note novel and got interested in reading it. I am so glad i did, because this novel was AWESOME. *Spoiler alert (but just a teeny weeny bit)* This is my first review so dont hate on me.
Lets start with the story. It is an alternate universe where L is still alive after the kira incident, and Watari is dead. The book summarizes the last 23 days of L's life on earth. In those last days, he comes across one final mission: to take care of a little girl, and to contain a virus. The story seems kind of off because it doesnt really have that "Death Note" aura, but let me tell you this: You wont be disappointed. 10/10
As many of you know, L is a detective with a heart of a stone; not letting emotions interfere with his sense of justice. In the novel, he starts out as being the cold, emotionless detective everyone views him as but softens up to being more "human." This aspect of the novel is a tear jerker, because it shows just how much L cares about the people around him, especially the little girl. Even I was almost about to cry. 10/10
Multiple times in the novel, there have been parts that makes the reader REALLY mad (betrayal, unnecesary tragedy, etc). Normally, when these come into face with a typical protagonist in most novels, they freak out and give the antagonists what they want. When these come into face with L, his calm and calculating personality and actions leaves the antagonists confused and often angered. This is what i liked most about the novel because i would just jump and shout "THAT ISNT WHAT YOU EXPECTED NOW WASNT IT?" This wasnt the only part i enjoyed about this novel, but it was my favorite part about it. 10/10
"L change the world" novel is an alternative ending to Death Note: L wrote his own name in the Death Note trying to avoid Light to make this step first. L knew that Light won't mention the cause of death nor will pick a specific time for his death, so eventually the detective will die from a heart attack in 40 seconds. Thus L has only 23 days to live and 22 days to save the world, stopping a bioterrorism group that's ready to wipe out... well, most of humanity.
At the beginning of the story L is the same cold detective who never allows emotions interfere with his sense of justice but lately it is revealed that he deeply cares about the whole mankind and he eventually gets involved in some sort of brother-and-sister-relationship with a little girl.
There are more details about L's past and personality and you can find out why his back was chronically curved, why he had indelible black circles around his eyes and the reason he likes sweets. That scene was very emotional and well written; it made me love this character even more.
The sad ending broght me to tears (despite the fact that's something I was constantly aware from the beginning of the novel/ synopsis) and I think it's one of the best written scenes in this book. I also enjoyed the scene when L dials to US president, when the president could hear L's real voice for the first time. L's voice description is simply beautiful and touching.
The novel was meant to show L's more human side, to pull him out of the box of 'robotic reclusive detective' and I think it succed in showing another side of L's personality. You'll be impressed by his emotions and the pain he went through...
I really enjoyed L's tricks... you can trust him to be at least one step ahead of everyone else. His interaction with the other characters is pretty interesting and funny. You will notice a bit of characters development for the supporting cast as well.
There are some hard to believe scenes and sometimes the dialog is a bit clishe. It made the author seem kinda amateurish. It's hard to belive it's supposed to be written by the same Mellow as "Deat Note: Another Note-LA BB Murder Case" but the plot is enjoyable and fun to read. There's always something entertaining to find out and there are also some turnaround scenes that you'll find interesting. The paicing is fast enough not to make you feel borred and it's well balanced with the main's character thoughts.
Overall, the book was a fun read. "L change the world" isn't any masterful piece of writing but ignoring that, I'd really recommend this book for a better undestanding of L's complex personality. I read this novel especially for L, as a kind of biography and not for the plot itself so I think it worth the time. I would recommend this book to major L fans like myself. I wouldn't recommend this however to people who have not seen Death Note or have not read the comics.
P. S. "L change the world" is a novel adaptation of the live action film, L: Change the WorLd. I didn't watched the movie but everyone said the novel is way better. [Personally, I would not even try to see the movie because I already have the anime version of L in my mind and I do not want to ruin that image... ]read more
This is the book that I chose for my summer book report assignment. This is an alternate ending for L. But I love this ending.
The story is well linked with Death Note, the personality of L is thoroughly and clearly shown. Oh yes, the story is well plotted and amusing. Obviously, this is not the work of an amateur.
Haha, sorry for my poor organisation , I got so many ideas in my mind. Yes, the last scene, it impresses me the most .When L dials to US president, the threat that he made -- to secure the future of children or else he will mercilessly use the Death Note. That particular scene makes me cry. How innocence, how pure, how kind L is that he sacrifices himself for the sake of human beings over and over. Even in the end of his life, he never forgets about the mankind that he loves and trusts.
Even though L has to die young, he becomes the idea of hope and lives forever inside our heart. This is how I interpret the ending .read more
I had heard nothing about this book, and I only knew that it was a movie, and likewise heard nothing about it, no feedback, no opinions, no nothing. I wasn't really into the live-action movies too much, but when I saw the book on the shelf, I was like, "Wait...this is a novel, too?" So I bought it and I'm actually thankful I did. I think I ended up liking this better than the other Death Note novel I read (The Los Angeles BB Serial Murder Cases), because it was an easier story to follow, despite the fact that I hadn't seen any of the movies. It actually took me a minute to realize that they'd changed the way things happened in the movies compared to the manga. I also thought that L was much more badass in this book than he was in the manga (this may be an arguable point, but whatever). I also really liked the cover art, both front and back, as well as the picture of Light and L inside the book, just before the first chapter. This may actually get readers into wanting to see the live-action films, if they haven't already. read more