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Koushun Takami was born in 1969 in Amagasaki near Osaka and grew up in Kagawa Prefecture of Shikoku, where he currently resides. After graduating from Osaka University with a degree in literature, he dropped out of Nihon University's liberal arts correspondence program. From 1991 to 1996, he worked for the prefectural news company Shikoku Shihnbun, reporting on various fields including politics, police reports, and economics. Although he has an English teaching certificate, he has yet to visit the United States. Battle Royale, completed after Takami left the news company, was rejected in the final round of a literary competition sponsored by a major publisher due to the critical controversy it provoked among jury members. With its publication in Japan in 1999, though, Battle Royale received widespread support, particularly from young readers, and became a bestseller. In 2000, Battle Royale was serialized as a comic and made into a feature film.Mr. Takami is currently working on his second novel."
This book really takes the cake. No offense to Hunger Games fans, but I recommend this book over the Hunger Games series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kathy
This is really a book must read! I love this book and I never felt strong emotion such as this one. I even end up crying in some part. Which I never do! Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2013 by Mee-So Chung
I have owned three copies of this book now. I keep lending it out and not getting it back. It is my favorite book of all time. Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2013 by bboysushi
it came within a few days in perfect brand new condition. i haven't read it yet but it looks like it's the book the hunger games was tottally ripped off from.Published on Aug. 3 2013 by rose
I originally learned of this book after having read The Hunger Games. Most reviews I read said that THG was ripped off of this book, but after reading it, I have to disagree. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2013 by Rose
I don't give anything a 5 star rating... but this book is very close to it.
Great character development book, and a great read overall. Read more
Battle Royale to me is a prime example of the worthlessness of censorship. When it was first released, Battle Royale was roundly condemned by critics as sensational, exploitative,... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2012 by M. Yakiwchuk
When I first heard about the premise behind this novel, I couldn't believe it. Japanese high-school kids on an island, killing each other until only one is left standing? Read morePublished on March 13 2009 by Trevor Moe