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.
Tina Blacksmith, June 17, 2012 (view all comments by Tina Blacksmith)
Although Battle Royale came out a while ago (thirteen years ago in Japan), I just now read the book. My husband and I bought the movie not long ago, so I wanted to read the book first. Battle Royale is a really good book. After I read the first few chapters, I thought, "I have to finish this to see who wins and what happens in between".
Battle Royale has gore (DUH!),humor, and a lot of sad parts, which is what I expected. It is an all around very entertaining book. I was surprised at some of the students who were killed. Some I expected (and hoped) would live, but I ended up being wrong about them. It may sound strange, but I was rooting for some students and others (a select few) I hated. They were so cold-hearted, but I am sure that's how Takami wanted it. This book leaves you thinking, "Could I go against the people I care for...the people I've known all my life? What would I do?"
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GloriaB, June 12, 2012 (view all comments by GloriaB)
This is one of my favorite books, hands down! The book does contain a lot of graphic violence, you will get grisly details, so if that isn't something you like this one isn't for you. If the book was just violence alone I wouldn't have been interested but the storyline and character development is so compelling. It is similar in a lot of ways to Hunger Games, but I'd say it is certainly geared more towards adults.
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