For reasons unexplained, a large number of English school boys suffer from a plane accident causing them to get stranded in an uninhibited island. It appears that any adults on the plane have perished, leaving the boys on their own. Trying to be civilized, they elected a leader and started the division of tasks and jobs to ensure their survival. They build shelter for themselves and some of the boys stay on fire duty, while other act as food gathers, or animal hunters. What starts out like an adventure/survival story slowly turns into a tale of terror and evil.
The younger boys start having nightmares and fears in the night about a beast on the island with them who lurks within the forest. Could they be as alone as they thought they were? Eventually, their civilization crumbles and the group becomes controlled by fear. One extremely disturbing night changes it all and the boys themselves are at war with each other.
Somehow, this was my first time reading this classic! It takes place on the brink of World War II, which could be symbolic for the war that the boys on the island begin with one another. The only thing I did not personally like about this book was that some of the dialog in the beginning felt like it dragged a little, but once you work past it-HOLY MOLY IS THIS BOOK TERRIFYING. I partly listened to the audio-book (read by Mr. William Golding himself) and partly read in physical book form when Mr. Golding was not reading fast enough for my level of NEEDING to know what happens! My page turner/nail biting scale was at a 10/10 once I passed the middle. We own both the book and audio-book in the teen area.
I would highly recommend it for any teens who like scary stories or suspense. Seriously, it will scare your socks off. -mc