Desperate Games

Desperate Games


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Desperate Games by Pierre Boulle

Long before Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, the author of The Planet of the Apes imagined a world governed by science and brutality gone mad in this long-neglected, dystopian sci-fi classic, now in a new translation

Despairing at the state of world degeneration, a group of the world's most renowned intellectuals form the new Scientific World Government, aiming to put the world to rights. Elected into power, they quickly start making changes for the better, eliminating world hunger and cancer, encouraging scientific thought, and banning frivolous entertainment. But while congratulating themselves on a job well done, they fail to notice that actually, people are not happy. The suicide rate has sky-rocketed and, strangely, it turns out the public wants a little risk and conflict in their lives. So to cater to the masses, the Department of Psychology forms a plan: they will stage an entertainment show the likes of which the world has never seen before. It starts with gladiatorial style battles, bloodthirsty and brutal, where the victors become celebrities of unseen proportions, and quickly escalates into entire historical battle re-enactments involving chemical warfare and mass destruction. The Scientific World Government has unleashed a monster. What has the world let itself in for? 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814907313
Publisher: Vanguard Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/28/1973
Pages: 214

About the Author

Pierre Boulle (1912–1994) was a French novelist best known The Bridge over the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes. David Carter is the author of Brief Lives: Honoré de Balzac, Brief Lives: Marquis de Sade and Brief Lives: Sigmund Freud.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than I expected. It was a bit heavy in the language, but after getting the flow of it, it is a more adult version of the hunger games, or a different future to Red Rising. I was not dissapointed.