(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]
Genre: Fiction→ Horror→ Psychological Horror
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Political→ Dystopia/Utopia
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Social Criticism
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ World Versions→ Alternate Histories
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor→ Satire
- Book Design: Izumi Evers (Viz paperback edition)
- Dedication: "I dedicate this to everyone I love. Even though it might not be appreciated."