The book focuses on a group of British boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves.
Genre: Allegorical, Psychological Novel, Young Adult fiction
The plot is stagnant for the 1st 130 pages, the middle of the book stretched out unnecessarily. This makes the characters feel under-developed during throughout these pages. It was tedious to get through and the narration seemed monotonous for majority of the novel. I rated it 2/5 stars.
The ending is very detailed and graphic, propelling the story forward all of a sudden and the build up of the moral degradation of the young characters finally culminates in savagery. In my opinion, this should’ve happened sooner to limit the stretch of the tedious chapters that seem to add nothing to drive the plot onward.
I agree with the critics that have claimed the book to be “too abstract”. One only begins to appreciate the allegorical aspects of the book when looked through the author’s eyes.
“Maybe there is a beast… maybe it’s only us.”
“The thing is – fear can’t hurt you any more than a dream.”
“He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one’s waking life was spent watching one’s feet.”
“They walked along, two continents of experience and feeling unable to communicate.”
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