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xaraan wrote:I have only read book one myself so far, but it was pretty enjoyable. I'm usually not too hard on something that is this easy to read and I shoot through it in a day. I'm not familiar with Battle Royale, but I could imagine it not being hard to run into similarities in a concept like this. I'm kinda interested in picking that up now and seeing how it compares.
I liked the characters in this for the most part and the story was ok as well. I realize the environment they fought in was a controlled one, but I still didn't like the way things would just randomly happen or change. Definitely interested enough that I picked up the other two to read later.
Battle Royale is a much more straight forward book (and definitely more adult).. not so much about the characters as this, and it's just one book.
But here's that list:
Both occur in a dystopic future.
Both are about a no-holds barred tournament of death. Both tournaments are run by governments and involve youth as players who are forced to kill each other until one survivor remains.
Both stories feature a lottery as a means of choosing players.
Both stories feature the use of “backpacks” which are given to the players. In both stories, the backpacks have been filled with random weapons. In other words, the players never know what they have until they open the backpack.
Both stories feature pairings of an older, stronger youth protecting a younger one (In BATTLE ROYALE, Kawada helps protect Noriko and Shuya; in THE HUNGER GAMES, Katniss helps protect Rue). It could also be argued that Kawada’s character influenced Haymitch Abernathy’s character in THE HUNGER GAMES because both characters act as guides for the main characters. Incidentally—or maybe not—both Kawada and Haymitch are survivors of previous tournaments.
As the games progress, both stories feature means by which players are informed of the current death toll
To raise the stakes for the players, there are “Danger Zones” in BATTLE ROYALE and manipulated environments in THE HUNGER GAMES.
In both BATTLE ROYALE and THE HUNGER GAMES, the surviving couples rebel against the government.