This week I finished reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. I also managed to read the popular manga Battle Royal. Although both are dystopias they are as different as day and night.The Giver is about a young child who has spent his entire life in what he thought was an ideal society until the day he was selected to work for the Giver as the keeper of all of the community’s memory. After working for the giver the boy learns many hard truths about his town and the people in it and begins a journey to change everyone’s life forever. The world of The Giver is one without any emotion or free will. Love has been reduced to a scientific, practical term and every decision you make from your job to the person you marry is determined for you by a committee. Hopefully the decision The Giver and the boy make change society for the better.
Battle Royal takes place in a society where every year the Japanese government selects a class for a reality show and uses the profits for the rest of Japan. I know what you are thinking that sounds like a good thing right? Wrong the class in the reality show is always a group of junior high students. The students are taken into a random location and forced to where collars that shock people if no one kills anyone or if the remaining people refuse to kill each other. They have to keep killing till only one person is left. The class selected had about 25 students and three students’ team up together to survive. Almost all the class members had known each other for awhile so they manga portrays the different students and their friendships. My favorite male was the one who attempted to blow up the room the government people were in and escape. My favorite female was the blond childhood best friend of the judo master. I wish we got to see more of her. Word of caution the death get pretty graphic and there is a lot of sexual content so don’t read without a strong stomach. Final note I would like to review another manga for next week any suggestions?