Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

10 Jul

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I can honestly say this was a great book, to me, it had strong female and male characters as well as really weak ones. It gives you many points of view which help you empathize with most characters, which is good because even in the end and after all they have done to others, you feel a bit of sadness when the student count goes down.

I will have to point out that if you don not like blood or goriness yet have awesome imagination skills you should not pick up this book or leave it after you read the words “you are participating in the Program”

Basically this book is about a class of 42 fifteen year old kids, they have all know each other for about two years with the exception of one student who recently transferred. they live in a fascist/communist Japan/Asian territory (because apparently other countries were taken in) that randomly selects a class from the second year of middle school and forces them to kill each other so only one can survive. I am sure that one of you who reads this may have seen the movie (there is a movie out there, two actually and Manga series) which seems for the blood and gore oriented.

This book is great because it gives you romance, thrill, blood (and tons of it), action scenes, and the warmness of friendship. What have I learn from this book? trust very little and it a girl poisons a plate of food and one of the other girls accidentally takes it a dies, the rest of the girls will kill each other with guns available to them. But most importantly survival skills are always useful (specially how to treat bullet wound and making primitive alarm systems).

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One Response to “Battle Royale by Koushun Takami”

  1. Bill Chance July 19, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I saw the movie the other day (wrote a blog entry about it) and thought it was good. Now I think I’ll look for the book, thanks for the review.

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