Let the games begin!
Are you a fan of dystopian books, where the future is bleak and infinitely dangerous and if you're gonna survive, you better check your morals at the door? With reality TV everywhere we look these days, and the UFC a mainstream pastime, it's easy to imagine a Survivor where tribe members voted out don't go home, but are executed instead. I figure society's perpetual bloodlust is never as deeply buried as we think. Fans of Stephen King's Bachman books The Long Walk and The Running Man, will not want to miss out on the following "deadly games" scenarios. By the way, these books are shelved as YA fiction, but trust me, these are not for the faint of heart, regardless of any age.
How do you hold on to your humanity, in an inhuman world?
by Koushun Takami
Stephen King says: "Battle Royale is an insanely entertaining pulp riff that combines Survivor with World Wrestling Entertainment. Or maybe Royale is just insane."
Katherine on goodreads.com says: "Lord of the Flies meets The Most Dangerous Game meets the gruesome, bloody stylings of Quentin Tarantino... on acid who killed Stephen King and tossed his body into BTK's backyard."
***Now a cult classic that's built up a loyal following of fans, Battle Royale has since spawned a movie and a graphic novel series
Battle Royale, a high-octane thriller about senseless youth violence, is one of Japan's best-selling -- and most controversial -- novels. As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world.
by Suzanne Collins
The Cryptkeeper says:
Definitely inspired by Stephen King's The Long Walk, and Koushun Takami's Battle Royale, Collins is not inventing anything new here but is obviously comfortable trodding such familiar, dystopian territory and making it her own. This book does not disappoint! It's page-turning, nail-biting energy from start to finish. Book 1 in a projected trilogy. Look out for Book 2 coming in September -- Catching Fire.
Katniss is a 16-year-old girl living with her mother and younger sister in the poorest district of Panem, the remains of what used be the United States. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, "The Hunger Games." The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed. When Kat's sister is chosen by lottery, Kat steps up to go in her place.