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In an alternative future Japan, junior high students are forced to fight to the death! L to R (Western Style). Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan--where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller--Battle Royale is a Lord of the Fliesfor the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, Battle Royale is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available for the first time in the English language. A group of high school students are taken to small isolated island and forced to fight each other until only one remains alive! If they break the rules a special collar blows their heads off. Koushun Takami's brutal, high-octane thriller is told in breathless. blow-by-blow fashion. Battle Royale is a contemporary Japanese pulp classic now available for the first time in English.

About the Author

Koushun Takami was borin in 1969 in Amagasaki near Osaka and grew up in Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku, where he currently resides. After Graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he dropped out of Nihon University's liberal arts correspondence school. From 1991 to 1996 he worked for the prefectural news company Shikoku Shinbun. Battle Royale, completed after Takami left the news company, was a finalist for the Kadokawa Mystery Prize, but ulimately lost due to the controversy the novel's content provoked among juruy members. With its publication in Japan in 1999, Battle Royale received widespread support from young readers and became a best seller. in 2000. ot was adapted as a manga and made into a popular feature film.

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jndamme, March 30, 2013 (view all comments by jndamme)
I decided to read this before picking up Hunger Games since it came before. All I know that it absolutely kept me on the edge of my seat. I heard it was bloody, and that wasn't a lie, but through all the blood and gore you find some very human moments, both good and bad. I love this book and it definitely deserves more than one read.
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Tina Blacksmith, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by Tina Blacksmith)
Some compare this book with Hunger Games. All I know is that it was an enjoyable read and I am sure I will read it again!
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ash.ash1022, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by ash.ash1022)
An interesting story that really makes you experience the events with the characters. I couldn't put it down!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781421527727
Author:
Takami, Koushun
Publisher:
Haikasoru
Translator:
Oniki, Yuji
Foreword by:
Collins, Max Allan
Foreword:
Collins, Max Allan
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Media Tie-In - General
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Junior high school students
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Battle Royale
Publication Date:
20091117
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
5.25 x 8 in 19.46 oz

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