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.
TheGreenMadHatter: They both are based on the same idea of teenagers forced to participate in a deadly game where only one person wins and lives. However, the books have a lot of differences. the Hunger Games is more of a personal story of survival from the POV of just one player, Battle Royale is a complex story which follows all participants of the game. It is much more brutal, violent, and bloody than Hunger Games. Battle Royale, is the Hunger Games but complex and much more gory and violent. If your a fan of gory books (and of the Hunger Games), this would be a good book for you.