In an alternative future Japan, junior high students are
forced to fight to the death!
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 twenty-first 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. Download and start listening now!