Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding takes place during World War II. It starts right after a plane carrying a group of British school boys crashes on an uninhabited island. The pilot dies in the crash, but the children survive. Ralph and Piggy, two of the boys, alone by themselves in the jungle, try to assess their situation and discover the location of the other survivors. While they are examining their surroundings, they discover a conch shell, which they use to signal the other boys. Once reunited, they decide that a leader is needed and setup a vote. They quickly nominate Ralph as leader, who feels it necessary to establish a government. His main priority is to get the boys off the island, but it becomes obvious early on that some of the other boys have different plans…

Lord of the Flies is enjoyable to read and demonstrates the effects of a lack of government on people with bloody results. The book is quite well written for the most part with the exception of the ending, which appears to be rushed and incomplete with almost no lead in; it appears to degrade the quality of the story. Regardless, the book is a unique and interesting read, and I recommend it to anyone who is undeterred by the warnings of a disappointing ending.

Reviewed by Bj W. Grade 10

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