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What a riveting novel. Sickening. Elating. Unforgettable. I’m going to be thinking about this story for a long time. If you can bear to fall in love with loads of characters, only for most of them to disappoint you, or die, then you need to give this a chance, despite it’s violence. 505 more words
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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.
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami – 1999
If you’ve seen (or read) The Hunger Games you will have a fair idea of what this very good Japanese novel is about, because author Suzanne Collins did a stellar job of ‘borrowing’ some of the themes and plot points for her decidedly more child-friendly dystopian work. 206 more words