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Published by Del Rey, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, Saving Charlie tells the tale briefly seen in Six Months Ago about the characters Hiro Nakamura and Charlie Andrews, and how their relationship was created and evolved. It is 256 pages long, and was released on December 26, 2007, with a cover price of $23.95. The novel was written with the full cooperation and consultation of the show's creators.
After watching the gruesome murder of Charlie Andrews in the Burnt Toast Cafe, Hiro Nakamura tells his friend, Ando Masahashi, that he will travel back in time to the day before, and warn Charlie of the man who killed her. However, he accidentally time travels six months into the past to Charlie's birthday party. Hiro must now convince Charlie of his amazing ability, and alter history to prevent her death.
The following list represents some of the characters featured in Saving Charlie.
- Charlie Andrews has an enhanced memory and is a waitress at the Burnt Toast Diner. She plans to one day travel around the world.
- Reiko Asakawa was Hiro's guidance counselor in high school.
- Matsu Bekku was the captain of the Physics Olympics team that wouldn't let Hiro join.
- Bob is the cook at the Burnt Toast Diner.
- Lloyd Collins is a cop who regularly comes to the Burnt Toast Diner. He and Charlie have dated in the past and he shows feelings for her and bullies Hiro.
- Daniel was the former bus boy at the Burnt Toast Diner. Hiro took his place.
- Sheriff Davidson is a cop and friend of Lloyd's and comes to the diner often.
- Debra is Charlie's best friend in high school.
- Dwayne is one of Lloyd's friends.
- Merle Eckles was a worker at the Burnt Toast Diner when it just opened. He murdered Barbie Travis, was caught by the police, and had a death sentencing set on him.
- Aunt Erika is Charlie's aunt who took Charlie as her own child when Charlie's parents died.
- Herbie is a retired oilman who is a regular fixture at the Burnt Toast Diner. He sits third stool from the end at the counter.
- Senor Manfredi was one of Kaito's friends who invited Hiro and Kaito to the Running of the Bulls.
- Isaac Mendez is the painter whom Hiro saw three inches of his head cut off in the future (like Charlie) by the Brain Man.
- Hiro Nakamura has the ability to stop time and travel through time and space. He has yet to gain control of the latter aspect of his ability. He gets sidetracked from his mission to save the world and goes back in time six months to save Charlie.
- Ishi Nakamura is Hiro's mom, who appears in flashbacks.
- Kaito Nakamura is Hiro's dad, the focus of many flashbacks. He and Hiro are very different and usually avoid each other, but Hiro finds they have more in common than he thinks.
- Kimiko Nakamura is Hiro's sister who also appears in flashbacks.
- Tami Oyoki was Kimiko's best friend on whom Hiro had a crush until he found out she liked another guy.
- PJ is an employee at a comic book store at the mall. Hiro can't talk to Ando without breaking the space time continuum, so he makes friends with PJ.
- Robogirl is the superpowered robot from the manga Robogirl whom Hiro compares Charlie to a lot.
- Mr. Roiz is the landlord of Hiro's apartment in Texas.
- Niki Sanders is the online stripper whom Ando pays to take off her clothes. He believes that they are in love.
- Yuki Shirakawa was Hiro's karate partner that he had liked.
- Sylar is a serial killer who takes people's abilities by telekinetically cutting their heads open. He is referred to throughout the novel as "Brain Man".
- Barbie Travis is the girl who, right after the Burnt Toast Diner opened, was murdered by Merle Eckels by having her head chopped off.
- James Walker is the person whose body Hiro saw after he teleported into L.A. Seeing James made Hiro realize what his destiny was all about and that he shouldn't get screwed up in a relationship.
- Molly Walker is one of the little girls who was making fun of Hiro at the zoo.
- Whitebeard is Kensei's rival and enemy.
- Willie is one of Lloyd's friends.
Differences from the Episodes
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- Genesis: When Hiro and Ando go into the karaoke bar, the book portrays that Charlie is singing, but the episode shows two guys singing (in English).
- Six Months Ago: When Hiro comes back to the diner for the last time, the book says that Ando is outside leaning on the window, but the episode shows Hiro coming in the diner and then Ando seeing him (Ando being inside the diner).
- Once Upon a Time in Texas: When Hiro and Charlie plan to go on her trip around the world, they say that they want to go to Otsu, Japan for the first stop, however in the book they all ready had gone there and started the trip.
- At the 2007 San Diego International Comic-Con, representatives from Del Rey asked fans to help make 1,000 origami cranes at their booth by the end of the show. The goal was surpassed.
- This book has scenes from the Heroes episodes: Genesis, Don't Look Back, Better Halves, Seven Minutes to Midnight, Homecoming, and Six Months Ago.
- In Tabula Rasa, Hiro makes a note to "Save Charlie." This could be a reference to this book.
- Once Upon a Time in Texas revolves around Hiro and Charlie. There are several references to the book, including: when Hiro is talking about the "normal" story to Petey, he says "Life is not a fairy tale," referring to his father's plaque mentioned in the book; Hiro and Charlie plan to go to Otsu, Japan on their first trip around the world, like in the book.
- Press release from NBC
- Order Saving Charlie on Amazon
- Saving Charlie page at NBC.com
- NBC chapter previews: 2 · 8 · 9 · 16
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