Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Battle Royale is a book that has been on my to-read list for quite a while. Last weekend, I finally had a chance to sit down and watch the movie that came out based on the book and it was definitely interesting.
The basic gist of the story is that in the near future, Japan’s society is crumbling as their economy and job market are drying up. Because of this, students in Japan start neglecting school and treat their teachers and other adults with extreme disrespect. As a result, the Japanese government creates the Battle Royale Act. In order to restore fear into the students and get them to respect adults, each year a random classroom of students is chosen to compete to the death.
Sent to a deserted island, they are each given a small bag of food, water and a random weapon. They have 3 days to compete and there can only be one remaining student. If there are more than 1 remaining after 3 days, all that remain are killed. Pretty grisly.
If you’ve heard of the recently completed Hunger Games trilogy, those books pull heavily from the premise established in Battle Royale.
Getting back to my cover, I wanted to do something clean and concise…so I gave a gruesome twist to the Japanese flag. My darker interpretation of the flag features a blood spatter in place of the normal simple red circle on white.
Find out more about the book here.
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