“The Lord of the Flies” is a book everyone has to read in their lifetime, it is a thrilling yet horrifying adventure which captures the minds of its readers and makes us wonder how thin the line between good and evil really is.
I have to thank the blurb for making me read this. As soon as I read it I knew I would have to read it soon as the concept sounded magnificent; a typical mystery adventure! But I was deceived. The book itself is about a group of schoolboys stranded on a desert after their plane crashed without any adults. A dream for any young child, right? At first, the boys enjoy their freedom, playing and exploring the island, but soon chaos rises and the group splits into two; those who attempt to preserve the discipline and order, and those who choose to give in to every instinct and impulse.
In the group of boys we meet some very interesting characters all of which we see develop throughout the book making me love it more and more. First we have Ralph, our leader for the majority of the book and one of the characters we really see develop from a scared innocent school boy to a brave and strong leader. We see him try and lead the group of boys as well as trying to fight for survival.
Then we have Piggy, a young weak but intellectual boy who tries to be Ralph’s side kick. Poor Piggy is your typical bully victim but he overcomes this and tries to stand up for himself.
Finally, there’s Jack, our antagonist, who longs for total power and becomes increasingly wild, barbaric, and cruel as the novel progresses. In all the characters we see them developed from scared, innocent school boys to strong young adults fighting for survival!
The book is carried over a few months however you as the reader don’t feel rushed. Golding manages to leave you wanting more after every chapter with his subtle hints in the story. Not only does he leave you wanting more but his way of writing is magical. The constant metaphors and use of imagery makes you feel as if you’re on the island with the boys, feeling every emotion, experiencing every event it was brilliant. It’s not just the writing that captured me it was the concept because this book is so true to what happens in the world today. When mankind is given the power to control or self-govern sometimes the lust for power can overwhelm them causing tragedy and destruction.
Overall I loved this book and everything about it; the concept, the writing, it was just pure brilliance! Despite the horrifying storyline this books secret message is what makes it; it makes us wonder how thin the line between good and evil really is. I am happy to award this book 4/5 stars and I would certainly recommend this book to everyone as it is a must read!!