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Friday, November 13, 2009

Friday Finds!

Credit goes to MizB from Should Be Reading.

Battle Royale: The Novel by Koushun Takami
Genre: Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Pages: 624

In an alternative future Japan, junior high students are forced to fight to the death! L to R (Western Style). 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 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 English language. A group of high school students are taken to small isolated island and forced to fight each other until only one remains alive! If they break the rules a special collar blows their heads off. Koushun Takami's brutal, high-octane thriller is told in breathless. blow-by-blow fashion. Battle Royale is a contemporary Japanese pulp classic now available for the first time in English.

*Hm, sounds kinda like The Hunger Games right? But this one was out way before, this is a second edition print :)

Beating Heart by A.M. Jenkins
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 256

Summary: She haunts his dreams.
She is a momentary chill in warm sunlight, a shadow, and a memory of secret kisses and hidden passion. He is seventeen, and ever since he moved into this house he has dreamt of her . . . hot, wordless dreams that turn darker and more intense every night. Ghost and boy fascinate each other—until her memories and his desire collide in a moment that changes them both forever.

Nation by Terry Pratchett
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 384

Summary: When a giant wave destroys his village, Mau is the only one left. Daphne—a traveler from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. Separated by language and customs, the two are united by catastrophe. Slowly, they are joined by other refugees. And as they struggle to protect the small band, Mau and Daphne defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.

*I actually have the hardcover version, but paperback came out as well!


ladystorm said...

Interesting finds you have. :)

Kelsey said...

I think Nation sounds great. I read Beating Heart, but unfortunately didn't really care for it.

Nice finds!

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brizmus said...

Yay Battle Royale - I actually compared the Hunger Games to Battle Royale in my review of it. So yes, I can see what you mean.
It's SO good! I'm thinking I might reread it soon, as I would love to post a review of it. :-)

Diana Dang said...

I want to read Battle Royale since its a popular manga series also.

StephTheBookworm said...

Beating Heart sounds really interesting!

Nikki @ Bookizzle said...

Oooh, all 3 sound good! I've heard Battle Royale is pretty awesome.

sharonluvscats said...

You need to watch the Battle Royale movie asap. I took it out from netflix this week and boy was it crazy. You have to watch it to see what I mean. I will be ordering a copy of the book very soon.

Melanie said...

Great finds! Beating hearts sounds especially great. Sounds adequately spooky and lovely. =)

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

She a wonderful author. I'll have to get this one!

Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write said...

BTW,I was talking about Pratchett...Anyway I also would love to read Beating Heart. Sounds great and I love the cover!

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