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Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
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Mar 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: post-apocalyptic, ya, libraryread-tcpl

Powerful writing & while there are definitely comparisons to The Hunger Games - Takami got there first and (dare I say?) did it better. Having most every chapter focus on a different student made the situation more visceral (so to speak) - I'll admit I had trouble keeping track of who was whom - and the foreign-to-me names may have had something to do with it.

Recommended to dystopia fans who aren't afraid of a little non-gratuitous violence. I'll probably pick up an e-book version of this for myself sometime, as it clocks in at over 600 pages.
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Reading Progress

March 26, 2012 – Shelved
July 23, 2012 – Started Reading
July 23, 2012 – Shelved as: post-apocalyptic
July 23, 2012 – Shelved as: ya
July 23, 2012 –
page 62
10.05% "Just started reading "Battle Royale" by Koushun Takami - powerful stuff! I can see the comparisons to the Hunger Games (tho this came first) - kids forced to kill one another at the will of a dictatorship; but these kids all KNOW one another (same class at school), which adds another layer of psychological pain."
July 26, 2012 – Shelved as: libraryread-tcpl
July 26, 2012 – Finished Reading

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