Brain Candy Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | September 21, 2015

    Annie Jacobsen: IMG Mirrors on the Moon: A Reporter's Story about Sources and Secrets in the Modern World

    As a national security reporter, I write about war, weapons, security, and secrets. The question most commonly asked of me is, "How do you get... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
4 Beaverton Graphic Novels- Manga

Battle Royale: The Novel


Battle Royale: The Novel Cover

ISBN13: 9781421527727
ISBN10: 1421527723
Condition: Standard
All Product Details


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 5 comments:

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.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
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!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
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!
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
View all 5 comments

Product Details

Takami, Koushun
Oniki, Yuji
Foreword by:
Collins, Max Allan
Collins, Max Allan
Science Fiction - General
Media Tie-In - General
Junior high school students
Science / General
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Battle Royale
Publication Date:
5.25 x 8 in 19.46 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Nancy Drew #005: The Secret of...
    Used Hardcover $3.50
  2. Nancy Drew #006: The Secret of Red... Used Hardcover $3.95
  3. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression...
    Used Hardcover $6.95
  4. The One-Handed Pianist and Other Stories New Trade Paper $14.50
  5. Shakespeare's Wife (P.S.)
    Used Trade Paper $8.00
  6. Fashion Statements: Interviews with... Used Trade Paper $6.95

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Novelization
Children's » Featured Titles
Featured Titles » Genre
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Manga
Fiction and Poetry » Graphic Novels » Manga » General
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Contemporary Thrillers
Fiction and Poetry » Science Fiction and Fantasy » A to Z
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Games » Miscellaneous Games

Battle Royale: The Novel Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$11.50 In Stock
Product details 624 pages Viz Media - English 9781421527727 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at