From renowned author William Golding, The Lord of the Flies explores the farthest, darkest, and most primitive reaches of the human mind. Stranded on an island in the midst of the vast Pacific Ocean, Ralph and a group of schoolboys are left to fend for themselves, with no adult guidance they revel in their newfound freedom. With the hope of rescue crushed with the crash of their plane, their last hope lies in their signal fires. Soon Ralph's tribe begins to forsake their civilized ways, lapsing back into the lawless abyss of true human nature. Without the promise of rescue on the horizon, the boys forget their last hope for rescue, as all of their previous experience is consumed by the primal will to survive. Filled with page-turning intensity, Lord of the Flies is an ardent and harrowing tale, a hard book to put down. Readers will be fascinated by the down-to-earth Ralph, the reckless Jack, the sensible Piggy, and the reliable twins, Sam n' Eric. A good book, but not recommended for those younger than middle school age or particularly sensitive due to its blunt and straightforward nature, and minor language, but an over-all magnificent and meticulously structured plotline. Placed in 1950, and published in 1945, it may contain words and references used differently than in modern times. Ever a classic young adult or teen novel, readers will be transfixed by its looming reality.