I swear, every kid who goes through high school has read this book. Either it was a class study or it was an option on the reading list. And as one of the shortest books on the list (in contrast to, say, the monstrous Crime and Punishment, which coincidently I read instead), just about everybody had at it at some point. Or at least read the first and last sentence of every paragraph. I avoided the book for those very reasons. Who wants to read something everyone else was reading?
Well, out of school now, I turn back to those reading lists for good reading material. Maybe I can pick up on some good classics. Of course, my time is more limited now and so short but exciting is just my ticket.
The book starts off in a haze of confusion. Two boys, named Ralph and Piggy, poking around in a forest. They discuss how they arrived there (an airplane dropped them off) and whether they'll be rescued soon (the plane was burning and about to crash in the ocean). They figure there must be more boys on the island, so call a meeting (by blowing a conch shell).
The boys obviously don't know each other and have to find out names and such. They apparantly come from a private school. My big question is, if they were all from the same plane, why don't they know each other at least somewhat? Were they all such dipsticks that they were all preoccupied with their own thing? I know how kids are, always eager to make a new friend or punch a new enemy. Regardless, they somehow got on this island not knowing who the hell each one of them was.
There are two main age groups. The older kids (12 and a bit younger) and the younger kids (six and a bit older). The older ones take charge. The obvious leaders are Ralph and Jack. Ralph is voted to be top dog, and Jack becomes the kid in charge of hunting. Each has his own little following. Jack has his hunters (which used to be the choir) and Ralph has everybody else.