Lord of the Flies by William Golding is a chilling tale of what can go wrong when civility is taken out of humans. A group of school boys are on a plane during a war heading for safety when they are shot down. Their plane lands on an island. No adults survive the crash leaving the boys to take care of themselves. The eldest boy is only twelve years old. Ralph is nominated chief, but Jack is upset by this. So Ralph in an act of diplomacy makes Jack the leader of a group of boys that are to be the hunters. This may not have been the best of ideas. For day by day, the isolation from civilization and rules changes the boys. Ralph tries to hold it together, but Jack’s influence is too strong. Jack’s influence is deepened by the growing fear of a beast on the island. Will they become complete animals? Will they ever get off the island? Read to find out.
This book is loaded full of deeper meaning but it can be a bit violent Still it is worth a read because it does make some interesting points about human nature. Because of the content this book’s age level is suggested at 14 and up.
This book was made into a movie in 1963 and 1990