Lord of The Flies by William Golding
Goodreads: A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blues seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys’ delicate sense of order fades, so their childish dreams are transformed into something more primitive, and their behavior starts to take on a murderous, savage significance.
Rating: 2 – 3 stars
I was already aware of the plot of Lord of the Flies when I started reading it. Frankly, I tried to start this book twice before but I wasn’t really hooked by the first chapter or the kind of language in this book.
It was exciting at first and I was very curious to see what would happen to all of these boys alone in a deserted island (which I imagined as the island from LOST, a.k.a. Oahu, Hawaii). The synopsis is a bit of a spoiler but still, I didn’t imagine it would be to that extent. This book is much darker than I imagined.
I found the general idea and plot very interesting, as well as the way the boys changed over time, but it was a rather dull read in general. The writing isn’t the easiest to read at times and I found that the descriptions were sometimes too confusing and I couldn’t picture what the author was talking about at all. Furthermore, the conversations between 5 to 12-year-old boys weren’t always fascinating, if you know what I mean.
The ending was really surprising, not only in regards to the boys’ mental state but in the fact that I didn’t expect to see any adults there. (I thought they were just going to kill each until no one remained, to be honest.) It really left me wondering what was going to happen to the boys.
I don’t strongly recommend this book but I suppose if you’re looking for something different, this might be it.