The Internet Book List - Spread the word

Book Information: Battle Royale

Battle Royale (1999) [Novel]
by Koushun Takami Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (10 votes) (Rate!)
Reviews: 3 (show them) Review!

Summary (From the publisher):

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 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 allegory 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 language.

Original title: バトル・ロワイアル (Batoru Rowaiaru) [Battle Royale]
Original languages: Japanese


Genre: FictionHorrorPsychological Horror
FictionScience FictionPoliticalDystopia/Utopia
FictionScience FictionSocial Criticism
FictionScience FictionWorld VersionsAlternate Histories
FictionGeneral FictionHumorSatire


  • Book Design: Izumi Evers (Viz paperback edition)
  • Dedication: "I dedicate this to everyone I love. Even though it might not be appreciated."


Edition #1: Battle Royale

Battle Royale (1999)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Yuji Oniki
Search at Amazon!

Search at Powells!

Search at AbeBooks!

Manifested in:

Battle Royale (2007)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: MacKays at Chatham Plc, Kent
Publisher: Gollancz
ISBN: 9780575080492
Dimensions: x x in
Pages: 616

Add to my library

Battle Royale (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: San Francisco, CA
Publisher: VIZ Media
ISBN: 9781569317785
Pages: 617

Add to my library

©Steven Jeffery /, 2017
Terms of Use