Battle Royale (1999) by Koushun Takami

Publisher: Orion Publishing

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 with weapons and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing.

Criticised as violent exploitation when first published in Japan – where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller – Battle Royale is Lord of the Flies for the 21st 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, now available for the first time in the UK.

The Real Students of Shiroiwa High - - Update

Hey guys!

First of all, as the Erica in the Samnerica team, I just wanna thank you guys for reading the first two chapters. I’m really happy to see that we have some likes, and we hope we gave you guys something to laugh about. Sam and I love poking fun at this stuff.

We do intend on continuing it, but seeing as the Samspoon is currently busy with school and I don’t think it’ll be as well written without her, it looks like another chapter won’t show up until the summer.

Thanks again, guys. <3 <3 <3