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Before The Hunger Games there was Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
remains as provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought and literature.

William Golding's compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first it seems as though it is all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories—and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.

"Lord of the Flies is one of my favorite books. That was a big influence on me as a teenager, I still read it every couple of years." 
—Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games

"As exciting, relevant, and thought-provoking now as it was when Golding published it in 1954."
Stephen King

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Lord of the Flies
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It was good, but...
January 6th, 2015
The book was good, I liked how the main theme of the story changed. I liked how it went from creating their own civilization, to it becoming a tribe. The boys going from civilization to savages. This book showed what true human nature is like and how we as humans will feel the need to choose power over anything else. But, for a twelve chapter book it was long and drawn out, there were too many not needed explanation of everything. Like when Simon died, I read the scene maybe three times and I still get confused because it took so long for the book to say he was dead, but then again... they never said he got killed, they just said his body was pulled away into the sea. I also didn't like how the adult man thought of the boys as "just playing". Two boys have died and the rest are crying and the man does nothing but look at his ship, then the story ends. It could have ended better. Like I said, the book was good, but it had a lot of turn offs about it.
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February 5th, 2013
Great read!!!
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