Battle Royale: Remastered (Battle Royale (Novel)) (Paperback)

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By Koushun Takami, Koushun Takami (Illustrator)
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"I think you all know how this works. The rules are simple. All you have to do is kill each other. There are no violations. And." Sakamochi wore a wide grin, " the last remaining survivor can go home. You even get a nice card autographed by the Dictator. Isn't that wonderful?"

Battle Royale is the first page turner I've read in ages and it lives up to the hype. The premise is simple: 42 students on an island each given a weapon. Some have machine guns while others have forks. At the end of three days, one student is left standing. The novel flashes back and forth between characters and perspectives as the teens are murdered one by one. Some deaths are sudden, others are drawn out with the violence and brutality one would expect from a seasoned serial killer. Students are faced with the choice to take part in the game, try to fight back against the government running it, while others simply fight to survive.  -Kate Chambers

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Koushun Takami's notorious high-octane thriller envisions a nightmare scenario: 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 until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan--where it became a runaway best seller--Battle Royale is a Lord of the Flies for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world.

A new translation by Nathan Collins.

About the Author

Koushun Takami was born 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. 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 ultimately lost due to the controversy the novel's content provoked among jury members. With its publication in Japan in 1999, Battle Royale received widespread support from young readers and became a best seller. In 2000, it was adapted as a manga and made into a popular feature film.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781421565989
ISBN-10: 1421565986
Publisher: Haikasoru
Publication Date: April 1st, 2014
Pages: 647
Language: English
Series: Battle Royale (Novel)