Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Reviewed by David Hannon
"First published in America in 2003, the highly controversial Japanese bestseller Battle Royale by Koushun Takami is not a book for the squeamish. A good bit of violence and bloodshed occur, and the body count is on the high side, but it's not much more sanguinary than your average Stephen King novel so if you're fine with that, you'll probably be fine with this. I (having been perfectly desensitized by network news over the years) found it to be fascinatingly entertaining and a powerful study in the inner workings of human nature...." Read the entire Powells.com review.