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The book that the hyper-violent Japanese cult movie was based on. I was surprised that the story was actually not gratuitously violent. The violence is an integral part of the story: In an alternate-reality Japan, the country has been under fascism since after WWII. The government has reverted to an extremely isolationist policy, and citizens unquestioningly accept abuses, and practices like the Battle Experiments – in which random highschool classes are selected, taken to a small island in the ...more
This book spirals through overwhelming action all the while maintaining a well thought-out plot. I enjoyed every bend even when my favorite character dies in disappointment. From the beginning it takes off bouncing around an extensive list of characters that does take some time to grasp, but once you do there is no looking back. The pages flew by for me and as the characters grouped up together it made sense. Some were friends from junior high, some just played together on a soccer team, all the ...more
So I forgot to review this when I read it. Probably due to depression on having none of the book left to read. This is deeper than The Hunger Games could ever go. Brutally real. Although sadly I couldn't read the original and translations always loose some of the author's spark this was a masterpiece.