Warnings for this book: Murder, bullying (ish)
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 blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by 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.
I actually really enjoyed this book – sure, it was pretty weird, but as a psychology student it was interesting to read about the transformation of the characters throughout the book.
It’s a book that makes you think. ‘What would I do if I crashed on an uninhabited island?’ ‘Would the story be different if the characters were all girls?’ It’s a book that you can’t read all in one go, even if you tried.
I wouldn’t recommend this for younger readers, but if you are 12/13+ and haven’t read this book yet, I highly suggest you do. Golding’s writing is both beautiful and tragic, and really expresses what young boys would do if they were marooned on an island.