Hi everyone! How are you today? ❤ I recently finished reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding and found myself really wanting to share a review on it. I’ve been so busy lately with coursework, hospital appointments (productive ones!) + flare-ups (that leave me more worthless and unproductive than busy), meeting up with a friend as much as possible before she heads back to college as I just know time will fly by and she’ll be on the other side of the country again soon 😢, concerts, writing another post for Bridgewater! and just general worries that pop up when you least expect them to (I’m not used to things being this jam-packed but things will soon die down. Thats weird…it’s starting to feel like I have a life around flare-ups! 😮😂 Almost everything else has taken a backseat, excluding reading and blogging of course or else I’d go bonkers! 😂).
Lord of the Flies is the book that kept me going through it all, giving me a much needed supply of escapism! This is a spoiler free review and it was quite hard to put my thoughts into words if I’m honest but I didn’t give up on it! I will outline the story when giving my opinion but try my best to steer clear of full detail so here we go!
A plane crashes on a desert island and the only survivors, a group of schoolboys, assemble on the beach and wait to be rescued. By day they inhabit a land of bright fantastic birds and dark blue seas, but at night their dreams are haunted by the image of a terrifying beast. As the boys delicate sense of order fades, so their childish fears are transformed into something more primitive, and their behavior starts to take on a murderous, Savage significance.
I’ll start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book (because I did! Off to a great start Lucy now keep going 😌😂) even though at times I found myself taking breaks from it when it became difficult to follow as it involved a lot of thinking and I wanted to be fully into it each time and ready for the challenge ahead….I also forgot to use a bookmark which made it ten times harder to find my place but that’s beside the point! 😂.
I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole endeavor wondering what would happen next and as the story drew on and I grew to fear the worst possible outcome a switch flipped at the back of my mind and I no longer wanted my imagination to get the better of me, I wanted to stop wondering but I couldn’t! 😂 It is such a gripping novel and you unconditionally give it all of your attention or none at all.
With each turn of the page I was with the characters there on the Island urging them to keep hopeful and so it was without a doubt an emotionally draining read but I wouldn’t of had it any other way. At first I hated Ralph and yet the elements of his personality that I didn’t like soon became admirable as the story went on and he kept trying to get everyone saved. From the beginning he immediately allocated himself as the leader which was destined to go one of two ways. No matter what the consequences he stuck to his guns even when his mind began to fail him.
I sympathized with Piggy and how he was betrayed in the worst possible way for being himself and not conforming to the norm. He was always dealt the lesser hand yet continued to stay true to himself. Everytime his nickname came up I felt so angry for him and the fact that he never heard his real name again throughout the duration of the story and most likely forgot it despite being the smartest kid we were allowed to meet. A false sense of security surrounded the characters on the island which at first was almost described like an advertisement for a holiday before the cracks began to show. Golding knows how to set a scene and I was often left in awe of the beautiful mask held over the deadly environment lurking beneath in the shadows.
It was horrible watching from the sidelines as the order of things fell apart forcing all of the boys to adapt to the situation in different but mostly inhumane ways. Erratic, animalistic behavior became dominant and almost expected as normality crumbled putting many at risk especially when a frightful “beast” came into the loop. A question hung in the air throughout: is the concept of survival the same as acceptance to an extent? Many who weren’t doing so to save their own skin found it easier to give up hope and convert into savages which begged the question: what had they left behind in civilization to make them want this existence more and what would they do not to go back to it?
For trying to comprehend the mechanics of their minds you are left feeling a bit off kilter because you understand why they go to such extremes being driven to insanity and thats quite scary. Things shifted into a severe state of disarray as the climax of the novel approached and I honestly couldn’t tear my eyes away from the pages. I don’t think I can write about the ending without giving it away but I will say this, I wasn’t disappointed.
When I finished it I went back to the first page like I do with all books I enjoy, it was no longer shrouded in mystery and I just lay there staring into space (it was the middle of the night which probably wasn’t a good time to be reading this kind of a book but I actually did sleep afterwards so there, past self who thought I couldn’t do it because I really shouldn’t! 😂). It felt like a lifetime had passed since I’d last read those first words and I’m so glad that I did decide to (like I had a bloody choice! 😂) because now I can put a story to the name that has intrigued me for years!
Thank you for reading this review! 😉 Have you read this book before? What did you think of it? Let me know and we can have a lil chat about it! (Spoiler free doesn’t have to extend to comments). The next book I’m off to continue reading is Monster by Michael Grant! It’s been a while since I read the Gone series but so far so good! I’ve remembered allot of the goings on and this addition to them is amazing!! 📚 I hope you’re having a lovely day! ❤