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Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
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May 21, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: nihon-no-shousetsu, all-time-favorite
Recommended for: Everyone
Read from December 12, 2011 to June 06, 2015 , read count: 2

First Review (May 31,2009)

I really like how Koushun Takami created all the characters with their own complex personality….it made the book not merely about sadistic murder and blood but also about how a person will handle such horrible condition. Behind all the blood, we can find great friendship and love. We can also encounter great betrayal and deceive. All I can say about this book is ‘Throw away all prejudice against this book and you’ll have a wonderful story‘

For me, this book was amazing…but I can easily understand if I find someone hating this book so much…it does sound ridiculous, doesn’t it? How could a government let their young generation killed their friend? and how could the society let that happen?? What is the purpose of the program anyway??
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Second Review (January 2012)
Battle Royale is not a book with great writing style. Koushun Takami wrote in a very ordinary way, he delivered his story in a word we used daily. But the amazingness of Battle Royale does not lie on the writing style but in the powerful story that takes me to another world full of violent and distrust, but a strong friendship proves to be stronger than anything.

We got to see 42 students of Third Year Class B Shiroiwa Junior High school thrown into The Program, that was how the government called the game. When I read it for the first time, I said that the story mostly revolved around Shuya Nanahara, Shogo Kawada, Noriko Nakagawa, Kazuo Kiriyama, Mitsuko Souma, Shinji Mimura and Hiroki Sugimura because they played the biggest part of the story…But now that I have read it for the second time, I realized more how Koushun Takami had brilliantly created a class full of students with different personalities. He managed to let us know all 42 students even though they only appeared in one chapter. He didn’t let any even 1 student died unnoticed or personality unknown. He made sure that we know what kind of person that student was and how tragic or silly his/her death was. I felt like I was running around in that island with those 42 students.

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Reading Progress

05/21/2009 page 150
12/12/2011 page 1
0.0% "I can't help it. Reread is a must for this amazing book"
12/12/2011 page 46
7.0% "it's still as fantastic as the 1st time I read it"
12/15/2011 page 200
33.0% "I haven't read this fast since Full Dark No Star. I really love this book"
12/23/2011 page 342
56.0% "finally have time to continue my postponed read"
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06/06/2015 marked as: read
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