Book Review: Judge Volume 4


Well, things seem to be going pretty well now.

As I said in my previous review, I had recently gotten two books from Barnes & Noble’s eBook catalog. Out of those two, one has been covered and only one remains.

Today, I will be reviewing that last title, which is called Judge Volume 4 by Yoshiki Tonogai.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over again.

After Hiroyuki and the others discover that Kazu has died, they realize from a cell phone that he was forced into committing suicide, and they continue to investigate the truth behind the game.

However, investigating the game and dealing with problems amongst themselves are not the only things they need to deal with, as they find out that there are more people participating in the same game.

I kind of liked this volume. While I was kind of annoyed by something in the previous volume, I liked how things became mysterious once again. Ever since the previous volume, I had suspected that there was more than one person involved behind the scenes of the game, but I did not expect that there would be more people involved so soon in the game. Then again, if there were no other participants until their game was over, it would probably be too much of a repeat of Tonogai’s previous work, Doubt, especially since everyone has already started suspecting each other. I also liked how Hiroyuki and his allies gave up voting for themselves, even if it was just once. It showed that they finally understood the situation they were, though there were still things that were not clear. I was also surprised about the outcome of the third judgment’s voting. Now, the rules of the game were not clarified like they were at the beginning of Liar Game’s supposed final arc, where people who could not gain a four-man team automatically lost, but I sure was not expecting for a tie to result in a death match. This makes me wonder if Hiroyuki had wanted a battle royale since the beginning. On the other hand, that may not be the case because it is not certain that Hiroyuki is one of the people behind the game of Judge. After all, there have been only a few instances in which it is suggested that he is evil, such as the fact that he grinned just before the ally who thanked him was found dead and saying in this volume that he is acting on self interest. I also wonder who it was that betrayed Hiroyuki, because he did gain another ally. The fact that the third judge ended in a tie seems to suggest that somebody may have planned to place a spy amongst Hiroyuki’s allies, but there is not really anything that can keep the six together anyway, due to the fact that the suspect each other. The thing that really got my attention though was who carried out the third judgment. After the voting took place and the death match ended with one of the two combatants going blind and losing fingers due to a gun that misfired, one of the five remaining decided to watch over the injured sixth person, but was knocked out and found the person she was watching had their neck slashed, as well as a message written in blood that the third judgment was over, when she awoke. If I had to take a guess here, I would have to say that Hiroyuki might have been the one that dealt the fatal blow. While it is a bit too obvious of an answer, considering that he had only left moments before the attack happened, we must not forget that obvious should not be overlooked. I am just glad that there is a bit more of a hint that he may be evil. Outside of that, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked. The fact that the mysteries still continue with things like why more participants showed up and who killed the person injured after the third judgment, as well as the fact that it seems that Hiroyuki may truly be evil, made this volume rather interesting.

Although I did like the book, there are some issues. However, aside from one thing happened that I am not too sure actually can, because I am not an expert in firearms, nor can I find anything reliable concerning that situation, nothing really comes to my mind. As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was nothing majorly wrong and things are still getting interesting, this was definitely worth reading. I would recommend this to fans of Yoshiki Tonogai, as well as mystery, because things do seem to keep getting interesting. As for everyone, this might be worth giving a try, but if you have tried the earlier volumes already and did not like them, it would be best to avoid this.

What are your thoughts on Judge Volume 4? Did you like it or hate? Was there something I did not mention that you liked or hated about the book? Feel free to comment.

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