Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence, is one of Japan's best-selling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons.... show more
Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence, is one of Japan's best-selling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world. The first novel by small-town journalist Koushun Takami, it went on to become an even more notorious film by 70-year-old gangster director Kinji Fukusaku.
Publish date: February 26th 2003
Publisher: VIZ, LLC
Pages no: 617
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, Science Fiction
, Asian Literature
, Japanese Literature
I never wrote a proper review for this book, but I loved it. Does that make me a twisted person? I don't normally read books like this, but I loved the manga and movie and when I found out the novel came first, I just had to read it! I am so glad I did. I was intimidated by the size, but flew throug...
So I picked up The Hunger Ga-, err, Battle Royale as a huge fan of the film. It's one that I've owned on DVD for a good many years, and should I ever get the opportunity, I will happily update to a blu-ray. That's Battle Royale I'm talking about. Not The Hunger Games.It's an incredible, fast-paced t...
A near future novel, where an East Asian superstate sends groups of students off to battle until only one remains.The reason isn't given until near the end, but the novel focuses on the students from one class and how they feel about it, and how trust is broken down between friends.There are a group...
Manga was OK... I liked it.Movie was awesome... I loved it.Novel is as awesome as the movie... or maybe even more. The movie and the novel complement each other; one for the visual, and the other for the background history. 42 students that enter in the Program, only 1 can survive. There may be too ...