Battle Royale - Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would! It took me awhile to really get into it, though. I generally am not a fan of translations, there's always that something missing, you know? But I'm glad I read this. If you like thriller, adrenaline and graphic violence (and, trust me, it's graphic) I definitely recommend it.I also really enjoyed the multiple POVs. I love getting into many different characters heads (especially ones that we've seen as villains through the protags eyes. It's always real fun to get into the baddies mind). The book has a somewhat surprising humanistic touch, as well.The ending is perhaps not as bleak as you would fear. Thumbs up.