Lord of the Flies, William Golding


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  1. Chloe A. Says:

    In the book, The Lord of the Flies, an evacuation plane was flying away from a WW2 war zone. The plane was filled with children and a small amount of adults. The aircraft continued its flight until it was suddenly falling out of the sky without anyone knowing what caused the crash. Many of the evacuees died in the crash but a majority of the children survived. Not a single adult lived. The children, of course, had to figure out how many (approximately) survived and how to stay alive on the abundant island. There were the Littuns and the Bigguns. Ralph and Jack were the two main leaders. Ralph volunteered to be the leader, as did Jack, but Ralph was voted Chief. Jack was the leader of the choir boys which became the hunting group. Piggy was a minor and major character for different reasons but most of the time he was taking care of the Littuns. They constantly kept a fire lit to use as a smoke signal for planes and boats to know that there were people on the island that needed saving. After a long time of not being saved, the once posh boys become savages who would turn against each other and many died after time. But, the big question is, did they ever get saved? You’ll only know if you read the book.
    The Lord of the Flies was a decent book in my opinion. The plot and character development were excellent and nice to read. Although it often dragged on and got caught in the never ending description of the same forest and beach over and over. Even though this book genre isn’t something I would normally read, it was still fascinating. Some people love reading books based off the description, I am not one of those people. People with short attention spans would end up skipping pages and chapters to get where something actually happens.

  2. Jazmin T. Says:

    Summary: Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, is the story of a group of British boys who crash land on a deserted island while being evacuated from the oncoming world war. Now, with the pilot dead, they are alone without any adult supervision. Their ages range from about 6 to 12. In the beginning, an older boy named Ralph and his friend, unwillingly called Piggy, call the group of children together using a conch shell they found. Among the group, only one other older boy is recognized as a possible leader, Jack Merridew. Ralph is the one who is voted as chief. Gradually, the boys find a way of life: they build shelters, find fruit in the forest, and eventually manage to kill a pig, thanks to Jack. However, the original glamor of the island fades, control slips, and as fear sinks in, the group becomes more and more divided. Jack begins to value a more violent way of life as time goes on while Ralph and Piggy realize the importance of being rescued. Ralph knows that without the smoke from the fire they have no chance. Civility is removed as the island of children accept Jack’s oppressive rule. The boys now seem more animal than human, and without anything to stop them, death and fear run rampage among them.

    Review: While reading, I could visualize even the fruit on the trees because of the vivid descriptions. I would recommend this book to anyone who is prepared to sit down and read for a long period of time even through the slow parts of the book. It all comes together to create a picture in your head. The story includes an important message and is about an adventure we have all thought about before.

    Evaluation: 3.5 out of 5

    Recommendations: The Pursuit of Happiness, Stargirl, Scorpio Races.

  3. Emma W. Says:

    Summary: In the book Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, a group of boys from London are evacuated to a safe place during World War Two, when their plane crashes on a deserted island. Immediately after they crash leadership is established. A boy named Ralph steps up to the plate, but so does a boy named Jack. The majority of the boys vote for Ralph, so he is the chief for the time being. Ralph and Jack are quite different; Ralph is all about being rescued and creating shelter, whereas Jack wants to hunt and play games. For a while things go smoothly, everyone seems to get along. Ralph and Jack both know their duties and continue to fulfill them. But soon, things start to get out of hand. Who is the actual leader? is a constant question. The boys eventually split up, the majority goes with Jack, and few remain loyal to Ralph. After this it is pure chaos: there are raids in the middle of the night, fights, and deaths. Will these actions lead them to safety? Will these young boys survive on island without adults? Will they finally be rescued?

    Evaluation: In the book Lord of the Flies, by William Golding, the reader seems to be in the plane crash with the boys. Their struggles of finding food, shelter, and being saved somehow become yours as well. Golding does a good job of helping you imagine the scene and making it your own. During a few places in the book it get slow and the language is slightly hard to follow, considering the word choices are a little WONKY!

    Rating: 3.5/5

    Recommendations: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City, Shelter

  4. Brenna G. Says:

    In the book, Lord of the Flies, a group of English school boys are getting shipped to a safer place during World War Two. On their way out their plane crashes on a deserted island. The boys are all alone with no adults or any supplies. The book is about the boys trying to survive and get rescued. In the beginning they elected a boy named Ralph to be chief. His goals are to have order, food, and a fire that produces a lot of smoke, so if someone passes by they will be rescued. At first this works and everyone is somewhat happy; they have fruit trees and fresh water and are still civilized human beings. And then the role of the leader is questioned and fought for. A boy named Jack wants to have more power and also wants to hunt the pigs on the island for meat. Jack became less concerned with being rescued and more concerned with the hunting and killing of pigs. He starts to become more savage throughout the book. As this happens Ralph begins to lose power over everything. The island starts to become more chaotic. Eventually the group of once united boys divides into two. One group is under the leadership of Jack. They are constantly hunting and not focusing on getting rescued. Then the other group is under the lead of Ralph, focusing on getting off the island somehow. The result of this divide is theft, more chaos and even death.

    The book Lord of the Flies takes you and a wild adventure beyond your imagination. William Golding describes the problems as if they are your own. He illustrates the scene and the struggle of power and peace so vividly it is as if you are one of the boys. The book has many turning points and some events that you wouldn’t be able to see coming. I would suggest to read this book because it constantly keeps you guessing. It does get a little bland at some places though. The read isn’t that challenging but it definitely isn’t the easiest.

    Rating: 3.5/5

    Recommendations: Percy Jackson, The Maze Runner, The Hunger Games

  5. Dalton H. Says:

    Summary: The book begins, with a couple dozen schoolboys stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. The pilot is killed, and there are no adults anywhere. The first part of the book is focused on the struggle for power between two main characters, Jack and Ralph. Jack is more intent on hunting pigs and retrieving meat, while Ralph’s main goal is to keep a signal fire going, so they can be rescued. Throughout the book, the boys grow more savage and less reasonable, unlike Piggy, who tries to keep the group civilized. They hear rumors about a beast, and this fact adds to the trials they face on the island. By the end of the book, we see just how far the boys have deteriorated, intellectually and morally.

    Evaluation: Lord of the Flies is not my favorite book. I like the concept of no adult supervision, similar to Michael Grant’s Gone series, but the fact that the children are portrayed as unintelligent bothers me. I don’t think children are that foolish. The author also has incredible descriptions of the island and the boys, something I appreciated greatly. Overall, I found the book slow and boring, interjected with brief scenes of action but not frequently enough to capture my attention.

    Rating: 3/5

    Recommendation: Gone by Michael Grant

  6. Adam E. Says:

    Summary: Lord of the Flies is the story of a group of young school boys who end up on a deserted island after a plane crash. The oldest of the boys, Ralph, is elected chief and put in charge. The group starts building shelters, searching for food, and starting a smoke signal in hopes of getting rescued. Some of the boys want to hunt instead, coming back with the news they saw a beast. As the two oldest boys try to get things under control, issues arise over who is the real leader, and their government falls to pieces.

    Evaluation: At first the book didn’t appeal to me… but as I read on the book got harder and harder to put down. I like how the idea kind of reflects on how sometimes culture, created by humans, fails by falling upon itself. Overall, I thought Lord of the Flies was pretty good. In a couple years I will probably read this book again.

    Rating: 3.5/5 stars

    Recommendations: Percy Jackson Series, The Outsiders, Jurassic Park

  7. Adam P. Says:

    Summary: A plane carrying a bunch of kids crashes on an island. Ralph, one of the older boys among the survivors, calls a meeting and gets elected chief. He makes some rules and tries to keep the group under control – makes shelters, and builds a fire for smoke for being rescued and such. But another group of kids wants to go hunt a bunch instead and never follow Ralph’s rules, and chaos ensues.

    Evaluation: The writing in this book is great; it really paints a clear picture in the reader’s head. It’s challenging enough to be interesting, but simple enough to be understandable.

    Rating: 4/5

    Recommendations: Lord of the Rings, Fahrenheit 451, The Tao of Pooh.

  8. Sara C. Says:

    A plane of british school boys gets shot down and lands on an island. Many boys survive the crash. Ralph, who is one of the oldest of the boys, gets put in charge. Ralph, Jack, and Simon go and explore the island to find that it is in fact deserted. When the others hear the news, they decide to set some rules for the time that they are going to live there.They start a fire at the top of the mountain to attempt to signal any passing by ships. As time goes on, the boys’ effort and thought begins going more into survival on the island instead of being rescued. The boys begin fighting and turning on one another, and begin going insane.

    Evaluation: I think this was a fairly challenging read. This book was very well written. I nearly never react when characters die in books, but it made me tear up when Piggy died. I definitely enjoyed this book; I suggest reading it, and I would love to read it again.

    Rating: 4/5 stars

    Recommendations: Harry Potter, Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian, A Wrinkle in Time

  9. Morgan C. Says:

    Summary: The Lord of the Flies is about a group of boys that is stranded on an island when their plane crashes. At first there are two boys who step up to the role of leader, and they work together. They attempt to build a fire and keep it going to attract ships or planes that might rescue them. When one of the leaders turns the focus to hunting rather than rescue, the group is split apart. One side becomes savages that hunt, kill and eat, completely forgetting the rest of the world. The other remains focused on rescue. By the end of the book the conflict has led the boys to killing.

    Evaluation: I liked the descriptive language used in the book. This made for gripping action scenes and terrifying realism. I also liked the author’s ability to think as a child would and create realistic situations. The ending was incredible, because the boys transform from a mob of murderous animals into a group of sobbing children with the simple reminder that there is a world apart from the island. Overall it was a captivating book and a lot of things could be learned from the mistakes of this small society.

    Rating: 4/5

    Sherlock Holmes
    The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

  10. Alden R. Says:

    Summary: A plane, full of schoolboys, crashes on the beach of an uninhabited island. The pilot is killed and there are no other adults present. The survivors of the crash are lost at first but then become united by the Ralph blowing on a conch and summoning them to the beach. Ralph is elected chief of the tribe they form but soon finds out that controlling the band is a daunting task; he faces mutiny with only one hope: that by some chance he will be rescued by a passing ship.

    Evaluation: I felt the book was sort of a warning that shows what can happen when no true leadership is present, and when no guidance is there to direct unknowing individuals on the right path. Lord of the Flies was really interesting and gripping.

    Rating: 4.5/5

    Recommendations: Bartimaeus trilogy, Percy Jackson series, Lord of the Rings

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