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Attack on Titan : Kuklo unbound
Other title(s):
Kuklo unbound
Uniform Title:
Shingeki no kyojin, before the fall. English
First edition.
New York, NY : Vertical, Inc, [2015]
Physical Description:
298 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Series title(s):
General Note:
Originally published in Japan in 2012 by Kodansha, Ltd., Tokyo.
Swallowed and regurgitated as an infant by a Titan, an orphan seeks to find and prove himself in this official prequel novel to the smash hit comics series. A stand-along work (whose ongoing manga adaptation is available stateside from Kodansha Comics as Attack on Tital: Before the Fall), Kuklo Unbound offers a rare window into the era preceding the destruction of Wall Maria and features must-know bits like the rebirth of the Survey Corps and rumors of a rogue settlement beyond humanity's cage.
Reading Level:
Ages 16+.


Call Number
Suzukaze, R.

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In this post-apocalytpic sci-fi story, humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. To combat these monsters, mankind has developed a new set of tools to grant them the skills of flight, speed and agility. Before the Fall details the development of those tools.

Author Notes

Ryo Suzukaze is a professional novelist, comicker and screenwriter. Upon graduating high school Suzukaze entered a technical school only to quickly transition to work in Japan's rapidly exploding YA fiction scene. His first work was on the novelization of the mega-hit video game series- Shin Megami Tensei - DEVIL SUMMONER.

He would then go to write novels for the following series- .hack//CELL, the IdolM@ster, and Attack on Titan. Suzukaze would also write the script for the IdolM@ster sci-fi spin-off comic and animated TV series XenoGlossia.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 10 Up-The survivor of the attack that killed his mother, Kuklo is believed to be the child of a Titan (born from the vomit of the Titan that consumed her). His is a life relegated to that of a sideshow freak, marred by neglect, abuse, and the ever-looming possibility of sudden death. Kuklo's bleak existence is exacerbated when he is purchased by the Inocencios, a family of aristocrats who plan to use Kuklo for political gain. A series of events lead to the teen's escape and quest to find out if he truly is the child of a Titan-with unlikely alliances along the way. This stand-alone prequel to the popular manga series "Attack of the Titan" (Kodansha) is a combination of suspense, action, and mystery and features short chapters interspersed with manga-style illustrations. However, the occasional action illustrations lead to uneven pacing and are likely to frustrate committed readers of the manga. VERDICT A slow prequel meant to explain previously unexplored elements of the manga series that may only work as an entry point to new readers.-Tamela Chambers, Chicago Pub. Schs. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.