Title : Another 1
Autor : Ayatsji Yukihito
Genre : Mystery, Horror, Thriller
Publisher : Haru Media
Year of Publication : Agustus, 2018
Pages : 336 pages
ISBN : 978-602-52547-2-7
In the spring of 1998, Sakakibara Kouichi had to move to North Yomiyama Middle School. However, class 3-3 seemed so scared of something, something he could not explain. Wondering what make them scared, Sakakibara tried to approach Misaki Mei. But without him knowing, he made a mistake. Big mistake that make terror and horror begin to spread.
Ayatsuji Yukito has an interesting story in his novel titled Another, which is translated in Indonesian into two parts, Another I and Another II. The cover is rather boring but interesting. Horror stories at school are always interesting if told. Another 1 started there. A story that is actually sad, starting its terror with all members of class 3-3 and everyone associated with them. From the perspective of a transfer student who did not know anything, horror and death were witnessed with curiosity that was welling up.
When Sakakibara finally entered, Kouchi was placed in class 3-3. It’s just something strange in that class. Especially with the figure of Misaki Mei, the girl he had met at the hospital when he had been treated some time before. The young man often saw Mei at school, but strangely Mei’s figure seemed unnoticed by other school friends.As Kouichi tried to approach Mei in search of information, horrific events began to occur at his school, especially to those associated with residents of grades 3-3. What’s with the class 3-3 North Yomiyama Middle School? Who exactly is Misaki Mei?
Another’s first book is divided into nine story chapters interspersed with several interlude chapters. The interlude chapter here contains dialogue pieces from students outside of class 3-3 that discuss / comment on circumstances or issues that are happening in class 3-3.When I first read this novel, I was a little bored because in the early chapters it still contains about the introduction of who Kouichi is, about his illness, the new environmental conditions where he lives and things like that. But getting backward especially when the young man met with May and started school, excitement and tension began to be felt here.
Many characters will appear in this novel. But the most prominent characters are Sakakibara Kouichi and Misaki Mei. Kouichi, like I said earlier was a transfer student. The strange situation that occurred in class 3-3 made him want to investigate the truth that existed from that class. Kouichi is a young man with high curiosity. Although coming from a big city, he is a friendly person and quite liked in his class. It’s just that it’s only for a while. Because when he learned the facts about Misaki Mei, he became a figure to be avoided in his class. Misaki Mei, a girl with bobbed hair and wearing an eye patch on her left eye. A quiet and mysterious figure. Truth after truth from class 3-3 Kouichi successfully revealed from this girl.
Over all, I quite enjoyed this book. Because in the first part, there are still many mysteries that have not been revealed here. And a little reminder, although this novel is intended for you who are 13+, but I still recommend you to be wiser in choosing reading. Because the thriller scene that occurs in this novel is quite scary even though it actually can be said to be polite because the explanation is not too clear. So be wise to choose reading. For those who like mystery stories with thriller season, I suggest reading this novel. The story and plot are quite interesting and full of surprises. I think you will like this novel.
Dzakwan Aziz Pranianto
XII Science 7