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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Haikasoru; Tra edition (8 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421565986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421565989
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 4.6 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Koushun Takami was born in 1969 in Amagasaki near Osaka. Battle Royale was rejected in the final round of a literary competition due to the critical controversy it provoked among jury members. It was published in Japan in 1999 and became a Bestseller. In 2000, Battle Royale was serialised as a comic and made into a feature film.

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By Noham Madelaine on 14 May 2015
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Perfect edition and better translation! Good cover too, in the spirit of the manga.
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Excellent new edition 14 July 2014
By R. Mutt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is my second paperback copy of this novel and I bought this one because I'm a huge fan of Tomer Hanuka's work and also of the novel itself. I don't want to spend this review talking about the book and its relation to its manga version, film version, or the Hunger Games works. I think it's more appropriate to point out that yes, this really is a NEW book in that it is a new translation of the Japanese original, complete with a new afterward by the author. And did I mention the cover art? Yes, that alone should convince you to buy this book.

This book was released in tandem with another book called Battle Royale Slam Book, which contains a series of essays. And there is also a manga book called Angel's Border, written by Takami himself. I would recommend all three of these, and while it might be an expensive purchase, you're going to feel like you just got visited by Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny at the same time. I definitely recommend this book as a standalone, whether you have read the book already or not, or are simply looking to read the book the movie was based on. It's a long book but totally worth it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great translation, nice quality 8 May 2014
By M. Quintero - Published on Amazon.com
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Great and easy to understand translation, and an overall well-made novel. The cover looks sick and also raises interest to others who have not heard of the Battle Royale fandom :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
love this one 31 Dec. 2014
By Yahaira Nunez - Published on Amazon.com
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In pristine condition. Awesome edition, awesome book. It's an excellent translation as well, and comes with a map and a list.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Your class has been chosen for this year's Program." 25 Aug. 2014
By para - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've heard Battle Royale mentioned often over the years but have never watched nor read any version of it (mostly out of hesitance towards horror in general). Having taken an opportunity to read the novel now I wish I had done so sooner. It's quite graphic, but is there is great depth to the characters and events and has more of the feel of a thriller. Takami's gripping, unsettling tale never misses a step from its appropriately ominous prologue through 600+ pages to its thought provoking end.

Battle Royale follows a forty-two student ninth grade class that has been picked for the Program. Each year such classes are taken without warning to a designated area, given supplies and random weapons, and released to fight to the death. Only the one last survivor will be allowed to leave.

The scope of the book is a little overwhelming at first, but Takami manages to proceed briskly without losing the reader and the large cast handled extremely well. The skill with which he balances forty plus characters and refreshes the reader's memory without getting repetetive is amazing. The writing is excellent and maintains a tense, compelling atmosphere. The story is quite intricate and layered and never feels inflated despite its length. There are several shocks and surprises along the way.

The gruesome events and dystopian themes of Battle Royale have incredible resonance because of the care Takami takes in establishing the characters quickly yet deeply amid the craziness they've been thrust into. Tiny character touches and details make the students relatable and in turn makes each twist of the game more tragic and impactful.

I've never read this before nor do I read Japanese so I can't fully evaluate the translation, but it seems very good from what I can tell.

All in all I adored Battle Royale and will be thinking about it and questions it raises for a long time to come. The depictions of violence are beyond disturbing and unnerving, but that's really part of the point.

Highly recommended.

Closing note - as a pro-wrestling fan who recognizes most of the names dropped the opening remarks amused me greatly. Also nice to have to explain the title to those unfamiliar.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book But It is Dark 7 Feb. 2015
By Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a dark book. I mention that in advance because I don't usually read fiction this dark. But this was a referral from someone I knew and liked, so I bought a copy. This English translation, by the way, is excellent.

The basic setup of this book is that a 9th grade class has been selected to go to an island and fight until only student is alive. They are given collars that track their every move, and the people in charge can hear everything they're saying. Sections of the island are off limits at different times, and if they happen to be in an off-limit area, the collar will explode, thereby killing them. So they have to constantly be on the move.

Three main characters emerge in the story, though we are given pretty much the point of view and background of every character in it. This can slow down some of the reading, even though I will admit it made for some heart wrenching moments and really brought home some of the horror of an entire class being told they must kill each other. This is a violent book. The author goes into detail over the way everyone dies.

But that being said, there is a spark of hope in the middle of all the horror that takes place. This emerges best in the three main characters, two boys and a girl, who are desperately trying to find a way to stay alive and escape the island. I won't give the ending away, but it was one of the best endings I've ever read in a book. There was a great twist, and though I can't say this book gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling, it did satisfy me. I'd recommend this to people who are okay with reading darker fiction. I wouldn't recommend it to those who prefer light reading.
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