Thursday, March 8, 2018

Five books featuring adorable teenage sociopaths

Jeff Somers is the author of Lifers, the Avery Cates series from Orbit Books, Chum from Tyrus Books, and the Ustari Cycle from Pocket/Gallery, including We Are Not Good People. At the B&N Reads blog he tagged five books starring adorable teenage sociopaths, including:
Kazou Kiriyama in Battle Royale, by Koushun Takami

Handsome, rich, intelligent, and a good student: you might imagine Kazuo Kiriyama be popular with kids and teachers alike. He’s also a pretty good fit for the Battle Royale, a brutal government program that pits students against each other in a fight to the death. After a car accident damages the part of his brain that processes emotions, Kazuo becomes an extremely bored genius who masters challenges with ease—to the point where his decision whether to play along with the government’s demand he murder his classmates is left to the flip of a coin. He proves to be as good at killing as he was at playing the violin.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Battle Royale is among Peter Tieryas's five favorite books that have games with deadly consequences and Sian Cain's ten top books to read now you've finished The Hunger Games.

--Marshal Zeringue