Battle Royale: The Novel by Koushun TakamiBattle Royale: The Novel by Koushun Takami

Battle Royale: The Novel

byKoushun Takami

Paperback | November 17, 2009

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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.
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 Shiko...
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Title:Battle Royale: The NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 5.25 × 8 × 1.7 inPublished:November 17, 2009Publisher:HaikasoruLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1421527723

ISBN - 13:9781421527727

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard to put down It keeps you on the edge of your seat, all the characters get a backstory
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from thrilling probably my favourite novel up till now. Great plot, amazing character building, the plot twists were just perfect.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I loved this book, it had lots of detail and was packed full of excitement.  Definitely one of the best books I've read in a long time.  
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book is incredible. Brutal, but incredible. I loved the detail it went into with each death; it truly added to the horror. Check out my blog for my full review: http://tubchairtimes.blogspot.ca/2013/03/battle-royale-koushun-takami.html
Date published: 2013-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An intense survival story - one of my favourite reads of all time! I received this audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. Battle Royale totally blew me away! Not only is it my favourite read of 2012, but it is also one of my favourite reads of all time! This book was originally written in Japanese and translated into English. I love survival stories, and Battle Royale is the ultimate in survival. The book starts off innocently enough, with a group of 15-year-old students setting out on a field trip. Unbeknownst to them, they have been chosen to participate in the government's sadistic reality game. The students are gassed in the school bus and awaken to find themselves in a classroom on an island with steel collars around their necks. They are told that their class has been chosen to take part in a battle simulation program conducted by the Republic of Greater East Asia's ground defense forces which they say they instituted for security reasons. It is officially known as the "Battle Experiment 68 Program," and it was first held in 1947. Fifty third-year junior high classes are selected annually to conduct the program for "research purposes." The classmates in each class are forced to fight until one survivor is left. The final survivor from each class is awarded with a lifetime pension and a card autographed by the nation's Dictator. The numbers are staggering. If fifty classes of 40 students are selected each year, that means that 1,950 teens are killed annually assuming that there is a winner from each class! The students are each given a duffel bag at random which contains one weapon and nominal rations of bread and water. If the students think that they can refuse to participate, they are sadly mistaken because those collars are wired to an explosive which will be activated if there are no deaths within 24 hours. I can think of nothing more terrifying than being forced into such a situation: Kill or be killed. I would like to think that I would know how I would react if faced with such an ultimatum, but the reality is that one's survival instinct would likely kick in. Some will choose to commit suicide because they cannot bear to be hunted. Others will try to band together to form an alliance, but how do you know who you can trust? At some point, the group will have to turn on each other because there can be only one survivor. To ensure that participants play the game, forbidden zones are implemented and rotated throughout the island so that everyone will have to keep moving. It is not possible to simply hide until the end. Takami had me literally hanging on every word. It felt like I was watching a horrific car accident but couldn't tear myself away. This tale is not for the squeamish, as it is quite graphic. I was riveted to the story, and Takami's character development was fantastic! Kinpatsu Sakamochi, the Director of the Program, was a deliciously evil antagonist, who I loved to hate! My favourite characters were: Shuya Nanahara (the rock star wannabe), Noriko Nakagawa (the girl who Shuya's best friend was crushing over), and Shogo Kawada (the dangerous loner). If I had to describe it in one word, I would say it was "intense." I was horrified by the violence and brutality, choked up over the compassionate of some of the students who still managed to retain their humanity in such a desperate situation, and I wept with sadness during some of the more heartfelt moments. By the end of the book, I felt like I had gone through the wringer! This is my first narration by Mark Dacascos, and his voice was clear and distinct. He did not try to make any vocal characterizations, but simply read the book. That is not to say that Dacascos was boring, because he was not. His voice still conveyed emotion, and his pace was excellent. Because the game starts off with 42 students, it was a little difficult in the beginning trying to keep track of who each character was, especially with all of the unfamiliar Japanese names. Dacascos could have made it a bit easier by giving each character a distinctive voice. However, it was because of all the Japanese names that I was glad that I was listening to the book rather than reading it because I could hear the way the names were meant to be pronounced rather than me trying to figure it out! A film based on the book was produced in 2000. I have not had a chance to see it yet, but I plan to watch it. If you are a fan of survival stories and like fast-paced thrillers and are not put off by graphic violence, look no further! I highly recommend it!! You won't be disappointed! MY RATING: 5 stars!! It was superb! I loved it, and I will likely re-read it again in the future! You should definitely read it! Thanks to Simon and Schuster Audio for the opportunity to review this audiobook!
Date published: 2012-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Crack Essentially. . . What can word would be able to sum this novel up. . . Awesome. That is the only word to describe this novel. I bought this novel in 2005 after seeing a bootleg copy of the movie from a friend in teachers college in Australia. I loved the novel then and enjoy it even more now. Very well written and the translation is also well done. You'll find a few translation errors but they don't deminish this novel at all. It's funny because I can't find the same cover copy as mind on chapters website. Basically this is novel can be dumbed down and describe as The Hunger Games on crack. I say this because it's very intense and you won't be able to put it down. There are so many different characters and interesting situations in this novel. Check it out. I would be shocked if you didn't like it.
Date published: 2012-02-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A graphic story A very good and interesting book. Not for the easily queasy, it deals with very mature themes including children killing children and rape. It was a lot more graphic then what I was expecting but it was still good.
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely exciting~ This novel is about a group of high school students who are taken to an isolated area/island where they are each given a backpack with a weapon, which ranges from grenades to a lone fork. From there they basically need to kill one another till there is only one survivor. The basis of this story sounds very violent (which it kind of is, but not as gruesome as you think), but the main thing you will take from this novel is how the author crafts the characters in such a natural and rational way. In this novel you will see how people will act and/or react when they are placed in a situation which seems impossible. The cover of this book attracted me because it was very simple and the title seemed familiar. I realized later that that there was a movie and manga that were created from this novel. The start of the book has a different approach, making you curious as to who or what was happening or what was going to happen in the chapters to come. I was kind of overwhelmed with a chapter in the beginning which listed the 42 students and I had trouble differentiating between who was who, but later you will find that the number of students that you will need to remember will greatly decrease as they get killed off. There will be some students who you will be rooting for, some that you will hate with a passion and some students who will surprise you.The rest of the book is quick and easy to read. You will probably absorb it in one sitting! This was definitely not the type of book that I would pick up, but I'm glad that I did (and so will you, once you read it)! ♥ ENJOY~
Date published: 2010-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly addictive and gritty action Honestly, what I got from this novel was not at all what I was expecting. What you hear about it is absolutely true: it's graphic. intense, gritty, and at times heartbreaking. But what they don't tell you is how addictive and thrilling it is. It's a fast-paced read, and when you reach the end, you're just blown away by the shocking conclusion, and you just want MORE. Definitely was a surprise purchase, but I do not regret it, not one bit. It's not for the faint of heart or easily offended, but it's good. Really good.
Date published: 2010-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from YAY! This is not a book a would normally have picked for myself but i am SO GLAD a friend recommended it to me. It was so good. I would stay up in the wee hours of the morning reading it. It is a fast paced novel that keeps you on your seat.
Date published: 2010-01-07