Lord of the Flies: (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by William Golding
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.