I read The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya novel in the span of two bus rides. It’s less than 200 pages long, but no word is wasted.
The premise is wickedly simple: Haruhi has disappeared, and so does everything weird and wonderful in the world. How Kyon acts is refreshing: instead of celebrating the world’s return to normalcy, he rebels from this turn of events.
This is the same Kyon who has expressed disgust over Haruhi’s antics over the past six months. Now, he wants it all back.
At the start of the first book, Kyon muses that he would have loved to meet the supernatural, but as he grew older the harshness of reality forced him down to accept the world for what it was. And then Haruhi appeared and granted his “wish”, though in a way he would not have imagined.
I’d like to think that his experiences during Endless Eight helped him decide to return to his world, as he did express pity for his million parallel selves who were doomed to repeat their summer forever. Or maybe, that he preferred Yuki without her glasses?
For the first time, Kyon sets out to do something, by his own power, by his own will. By the end of the book, he affirms his desire to be a member of the SOS Dan. Not as a mere bystander who got dragged into things, but someone standing beside an alien, a time traveler, and an esper.
On another note, it’s really nice to see how Yuki has changed throughout the books. People might say that Yuki is a boring Rei clone, but reading the novels bring out her subtle, emerging humanity all the more. Even tilting your head 2 millimeters down means a lot, if you’re just an interface for the Data Overmind. And a simple “Thank you.”
That said, I really do prefer her without glasses.