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Lord of the Flies

Posted on Oct 10, 2015 by in Book Reviews |

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

At the dawn of the next world war, a place crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of school boys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate. This far from civilization they can do anything they want. Anything.

But as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventures seems as far removed from reality as the hope of being rescued.

-book cover

I’ve heard plenty of people saying they have read Lord of the Flies. I have also heard people say that they absolutely hated the book.

Is it because they’ve been forced to scour over every page just to find a line to annotate on? Or maybe they hated the way things went in the book.

Either way, I would say I thoroughly enjoyed the book despite having to annotate it.

Some say that they hated Jack was a poo head but I’ll be having my say here. His acts of cruelness is what makes him interesting. Yes, I agree the things he and his group do are very terrible and maybe borderline insane but that kind of stuff is what makes reader’s think “Hey, that guy is a jerk. Let’s keep reading so I can see his head getting ripped off by a banshee.”

Ralph is also a great character in the way he acts which I would say is very realistic. He goes through several changes throughout the book and they are very down to Earth. Not everyone is a perfect leader or an angel. In fact, there are probably no people in the world who has never committed an act that’s negative. Everyone has their flaws, Ralph should also be allowed to have his own.

These kids have been on the island for months, it is justified that maybe things may turn a little crazy. Not to mention the fact that the oldest kid is 12. It’s even more of a reason that they set the island on fire I mean they don’t know anything.

Deaths of the characters feel like they make a point, not just the author saying “By now the readers will be getting bored…how bout I kill…him and him.”

Yah no that didn’t happen, but I wish he would’ve killed some other characters instead of my two favorite ones that would’ve been great

Uhmm next is writing. I would say it does a good job of really drawing you in. It may not be obvious but Golding has several points in the book where there are hidden messages of the boys or the island itself. Also, it was easy to comprehend what was happening. Some books have some crazy descriptions going on where I’ll be thinking “Hold up what’s going on??!??” It’s like watching a badly filmed movie from a camera but not in this book.┬áThumbs up to him!

As for plot, I never felt it was too slow or too fast. It kept me interested the whole time. Of course at the end, I was kind of mad that they got rescued so abruptly. OH NO RALPH IS GOING TO DIE NOOO SAVE HI-oh wait. There’s a man there. Just waiting on the beach to rescue them. If this isn’t plot convenience I don’t know what it is.

tis a good book. It’s very short as well so you’ll finish it no time!

5/5 fires