Lord of the Flies is a 1954 novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding about a group of British boys stuck on an uninhabited island who try to govern themselves with disastrous results.
Lord of the Flies explores the dark side of humanity, the savagery that underlies even the most civilized human beings. William Golding intended this novel as a tragic parody of children’s adventure tales, illustrating humankind’s intrinsic evil nature. He presents the reader with a chronology of events leading a group of young boys from hope to disaster as they attempt to survive their uncivilized, unsupervised, isolated environment until rescued.
The novel is very creatively written, and i did enjoy it! However i do not want to think about how bad things could really go in a nuclear war if just a few guys on an island can fuck up as badly as these guys did. They all fear an invisible beast that they eventually figure out is all in their head, they kill each other, they fight, and god knows what else they do, eventually setting the whole island on fire.
However, the novel is an allegory, which is a story in which characters, settings, and events stand for things larger than themselves. For example, the island represents the world; Ralph and Jack, two of the characters in the novel, symbolize different approaches to leadership. Which makes me even more horrified about a possible future ending up like this, especially with the presidential elections in the US happening. But enough politics, you should really read the novel!