What's the Difference between All You Need is Kill the Book and Edge of Tomorrow the Movie?

Science Fiction

All You Need is Kill

Released: 2004
Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Edge of Tomorrow

Released: 2014
Director: Doug Liman
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In the Book In the Movie
Keiji Kiriya
William Cage
Portrayed by: Tom Cruise
Rita Vrataski
Rita Vrataski
Portrayed by: Emiliy Blunt
Ralph Murdoch
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Shasta Raylle
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Rachel Kisaragi
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Dr. Carter
Chief Breeder
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Sgt Bartolome Ferrell
Master Sergeant Farell
Portrayed by: Bill Paxton
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   The battle takes place on Kotoiushi Island, Japan. The Mimics attack from the ocean The battle takes place in Europe, the UDF attacks from England. The Mimics attack on land or sea.
   Kiriya avoids battle after being immediately killed in loop #2; including going AWOL and suicide. He then writes the number 5 on the back of his left hand and vows to be a better soldier. Cage is forced into the barracks as a prisoner his first several loops and is sent into combat without any training; a peril to his fellow soldiers. He gradually learns to fight better.
   Rita knows how loops start and how to stop them. The military is working to understand the loops and better defeat the Mimics. The military is not helping to find the cause of the loops and resists Rita and Cage's efforts to stop them.
   The Mimics are machines trying to terraform the Earth for the aliens who sent them. They will reset the day under certain conditions to give them better odds to win a battle. They never let the humans win or show any quarter. The Mimics reason for attacking Earth is not revealed. Rita says the Mimics let the humans win at Verdun to lure them into a trap during the next big battle.
   Rita learns to fight Mimics and stop the loops during her 211 loop battle in Florida prior to fighting in Japan. She goes on to fight on other battlefields. She frequently loops after killing/dying while fighting a server Mimic, then ends the loop by eliminating the server and backup Mimics in the "next" battle. She is not aware of anyone else looping until Kiriya tells her about his loops. Rita looped for 211 days in the Battle of Verdun. The loops stopped when she received a blood transfusion after being wounded, not killed.
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