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バトル・ロワイアル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 Flies for the 21st century a potent all. I read the first hundred pages of Battle Royale and fell asleep That night I dreamt that I was in The Program I remember fleeing a pretty intense gunfight and thinking nonsensically dammit at least I'm getting good exerciseI hardly thought about it until the next evening when I began to read again and only finished as the sun rose You cannot know gunfights or car chases until you've read Battle RoyaleIt's fantastical it's pulpy and it's brilliant I wish it had been written with realism but you can't have everything Perhaps Koushun Takami will write another some day

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FREE READ バトル・ロワイアル ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ø 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 onEgory 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 langua. For the last oh 200 pages of this book or so I kept thinking about what I'd say in my review I never know how I'll start a review but this time I kept thinking of possible opening lines But like Lays potato chips I couldn't stop at just one so here are my top 3 in no particular order 1 There once was a book of ellipses which occasionally had words in between them 2 I'll never read the phrase That's right the same way again 3 I see dead people Finally Like many people I assume I heard of Battle Royale through The Hunger Games as people like to claim that THG is derivative of Battle Royale and whatnot And so at a library sale last year I acuired a copy I was all excited about it too because it was super cheap it was bag day everything you can stuff into a grocery sized paper bag is 3 SCORE and because I love me some everybody dies and the world's fucked up dystopia Grim and gritty and violent Awesome Only UGH In case you couldn't guess from the eleventy million ranty sarcastic status updates I didn't enjoy this book It was not awesome It was awful AWFUL It actually started out intriguing enough but when I hit the first instance of the Dramatic Ellipses Pause it caught me off guard like stepping off a curb that's about 3 inches higher than you expected and it made me furrow my brow and think That was awkward When I ran into the second one just a little bit later it was like walking into a spiderweb face first I should have seen it coming and now there's annoying shit in my face I should have known that things were only going to go downhill from there writing wise Not only because the Dramatic Ellipses Pause was such a flow killer but because it heralded all sorts of irksome uirks that were soon to come Now I know that this is a translation and not a very good one by all accounts And I know that Japanese culture is different from my own one of the big themes in the book actually and that their way of speaking and thinking and behaving is different from the way I would do it I have no problem with that I would like to state for the record that I never expected this book to read as though it was written by an American But I'm not going to just give all of the bad writing in this book a pass because it's poorly translated from Japanese Repetition is repetition in any language There are only so many times I can take being told the same things over and over and over again sometimes several times a page before I start losing my shit We're told repeatedly how smart certain characters are how well regarded they are by their peers or how poorly thought of they are or how this one is a star shortstop or that one is a star basketball freethrower guy or the other one is a star violinist or another one is a star evil bitch with an angelic smile Oh and in between this narration and whatever action happens to be going on we also have the character's inner dialogue going on I say dialogue not monologue because almost every time it's seriously like reading a two sided conversation they're having with themselves where they repeat many of the same things AGAIN because you know they've got to convince themselves of stuff or something Stupid annoying characters are stupid annoying characters in any language I get it They are kids and they are thrown into this horrifying situation of course it's natural to be shocked How the characters react is one of the reasons that people read books like this But at some point the characters have to get over that shit There's a line from The Shawshank Redemption that says it best It comes down to a simple choice get busy living or get busy dying So much of this book was spent on shock and disbelief that I was ready to start smashing skulls myself Again and again and again we're told how this character or that character or somesuch other character just couldn't believe that their class was chosen that their class was here that they were really playing that they were up for it and killing each other Again and again Every perspective change we have to go through the same 7 stage process Every conversation covers the same ground Does it make me a terrible person that I just wanted them to start killing each other already Just to stop the horrible repetition And they're supposed to be smart but they have NO common sense or sense of self preservation It's important that I discuss and explain my intricate plan that you aren't really going to understand anyway rather than think about the fact that someone could overhear it and that that would be bad Good going genius These kids grew up in this society where even misinterpreted comments about the government could get you thrown into a re education camp or worse killed and they think that a government sponsored run and meticulously tracked program is just going to stop listening to the 40 some people who now have the most reason to turn against them And not only should these kids just straight up assume their every movement and sound is being recorded but you'd THINK they'd be wary of their own classmates overhearing them Apparently notThen there's the ridiculous romance aspects of the story Because 15 year olds are such noble romantic creatures that form lasting twu wuv bonds And yet again how many times do we need to see the Do you have a crush on someone conversation played out It was awkward the first time and the second time and the every fucking time It felt like a grown man was trying to write teenagers talking about their crushes That's right It was that Seriously I think that the author really has no idea what a crush is and thinks that it's either True Love Soulmate style or the most dedicated and creepy stalker behavior ever I'm not sure which but both were depicted in this book so maybe that's my answer It's sure as hell not depicted in any way that's realistic Hey you're cute and cool and I like sitting 3 rows behind you in math I'll write your initials and my initials together in a heart shape inside a notebook that I'll never show to another soul ever and I'll fantasize about what it would be like to go out with you But I'm not going to die for you or with you and if it looks like there's a chance you'll be attracting danger I'm abandoning you because I don't really fucking know you and this ain't Romeo and Juliet You're just kinda cute There are lots of kinda cute people out there SorryThen there are the semi apologies in advance I didn't tell you but here's an explanation of something that I had no reason to ever think to tell you previously because it's seriously irrelevant to anything but this exact situation right now and you didn't need to know it anyway But sorry I didn't tell you Or It might be disrespectful to say this but I am going to finish this sentence by saying something completely banal This one is probably a culture thing to be fair Or I don't know what to say but right now the words coming out of my mouth are going to be something appropriate to say in this situation which is the very thing I said I didn't know how to say when I started this sentenceThat's right I just remembered the thing that I had forgotten until right now which is that this kind of sentence occurred way too fucking often in this book That's right I've come to a conclusion That's right I just remembered to say the thing I just thought of to say That's right I just thought of a uestion Can I ask you a uestion That's right the uestion would be right here That's right now I'm going to say things that I just remembered or decided to say That's right blah blah blah blah I think it's probably a good thing that I don't have this book in e book format because I'd be so tempted to search key words and phrases just to see how many times they're actually used I'm that annoyed with this book I want stats and numbers to uantify my suffering I have no idea why this book is so highly regarded except that it's reached cult classic status and therefore it MUST be amazing Oh dang it I just broke my sarcasm key sighEdited First to correct a typo and second to add some commentary about the point of this book which is from one of my posts in the discussion below I did actually get the point of this At the end it's put out there that having this kind of Program is useful for controlling the populace They the people don't know the rules and the details they just know of the Program and see it through the lens that the government wants them to They see it as a competition that people are ruthless and willing to kill or at least use others to protect themselves and that it's everyone for themselves This combined with the fear tactics that the government uses hauling people away to re education camps or just outright killing them makes the probability of someone gathering people together to fight against the government unlikely because nobody can really trust that the others aren't going to betray them It's actually effective and had this been less painful to read I'd probably have loved it But the writing got in the way of the message I think

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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. I came across this book after reading “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins which was claimed to be a “Battle Royale” rip off Needless to say I was curiousI have to admit similarities between these two books are undeniable They both are based on the same idea of teenagers forced to participate in a deadly game where only one person wins and lives However at the same time these books are completely different I believe you can enjoy and appreciate them both eually If “Hunger Games” is of a personal story of survival from the POV of just one player “Battle Royale” is a complex story which follows all participants of the game It is much brutal violent and bloody than “Hunger Games” The book explores what makes regular kids turn on each other what in their pasts allows them to commit the ultimate crime or what stops them from participating in the killing game altogether I have to warn however about a couple of things First the book has a lot of Japanese names that sound and look very similar So in the beginning it can be hard to follow all characters but you get used to them eventually Another concern of mine is the uality of translation It could have definitely been better At times I felt something was lost in translation But I immensely enjoyed this book in spite of the flaws I would highly recommend this book to anybody who is not against gory and bloody reads