Battle Royale: The Novel

Battle Royale: The Novel

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Battle Royale is a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence, and one of Japan's bestselling - and most controversial - novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, a group of high school students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when thy break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one remains.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 624 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 43mm | 562g
  • Haikasoru
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 1421527723
  • 9781421527727
  • 18,797

About Koushun Takami

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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69,152 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 47% (32,454)
4 34% (23,834)
3 13% (9,129)
2 4% (2,471)
1 2% (1,264)

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Favourite Quote: “Loving someone always requires you to not love others.” I picked this book up because of the Hunger Games. There was debate over the author coping Battle Royale, so I had to read it for myself and discover my own opinion. Overall I think there are a lot of similarities but are enough differences that makes each book unique and they shouldn’t be compared. Onto the actual book review, I liked this book. I didn’t love it and that upset me as I went in with high hopes! The plot was great, it moved at a good pace, there was a lot of action sequences (the violence in this book is quite horrific but I loved it!), there were some twists I never seen coming and I was satisfied with the ending! As for the world building, I didn’t completely understand how it all worked but that didn’t really affect my reading! It was the characters that were my major problem. I found it hard to connect with any of them and perhaps it was because of the language translation. Some of the English was pretty bad and that affected my enjoyment of the book. I did like a couple of the characters (one of whom died…wasn’t happy with that) but in the end, I felt there were sometimes one dimensional or were like robots. The main enemies in the book were great though, I loved to hate them. There was also a lot of insta-love or unrequited love in this book, which got a bit ridiculous as time went on. Overall this book was okay. I loved the plot and the violence but the characters and some of the writing were a let down. I would still recommend this to others if they are looking for an action book! My final rating for this book is 3/5 stars!show more
by brookexx
This book is just filled with 600 pages of suspense and drama, every page is a page turner. I gurantee you would find it the more
by Joey Andres
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