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.