taralovesbooks’ #CBR4 Review #38: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
Cannonball Read IV: Book #38/52
I first read this book back in college. I know now it’s getting a little more press due to the Hunger Games comparisons. I actually first picked up Hunger Games the week it was released back in 2008 because I read that it was similar toBattle Royale. They do share a lot of similarities, but enough differences to make them totally different novels.
For instance, both novels take groups of teens and pit them against each other to the death. However, The Hunger Games picks a boy and a girl from each district. Battle Royale randomly picks a ninth grade class who has no idea they were chosen until they’re already there. They pretend they’re taking them on a school trip then gas them on the bus. I think it’s a little more chilling that ALL of these students actually know each other and grew up together vs. HG’s involving mostly strangers.