I love books that make me really think, and try to understand the mind of a human. Lord of the Flies, a horrific tale of young boys that turn to savages, is by far the most influential book I have ever read. After a plane crashes, a group of boys, ranging in age from about six, to twelve, are stuck on an island. At first, they celebrate their new-found freedom, though they think they will be saved immediately. While joy is still around, they elect a leader, a sandy-haired boy, named Ralph. With help from the others, they make rules, and assign positions. Some boys are to hunt and gather food, while others are in charge of building shelter. excitement greets them, yet as the days go by, soon everyone stops working, and lounge around in the lake, or play on the mountains. Ralph tries to insist that without a constant fire going, there is no way to get rescued. Jack, however, is more interested in hunting pigs. Together with a few, new friends, Piggy; a wise boy whose specs cause an enormous amount of trouble; a kind child, Simon, and the twins, Samn'Eric, who refuse to do anything, unless they do it together, Ralph has to do all the work. But terror strikes the island, when word of a Beast arrives. With no adults to protect them, they are forced to act bravely. The main hunter, Jack Merridew, challenges Ralph, and teases Piggy, thinking they are not brave, and soon, he has started a new group, on the other side f the island, on the mountain. Then, everything goes wrong. Simon, deranged, and going insane, has visions of the pig, covered in flies, they lethally murdered, and responds to it, as the Lord of the Flies. Meanwhile, Ralph, and the few boys still on his side, go to make up with Jack and his group and painted faces. When Simon, crawling on all fours, comes to tell them about the pig, the savages break into a chant of, "Kill the beast. Cut his throat. Spill his blood!" They dance around, spears in hand, getting closer and closer to Simon. Then, they attack. No more Simon. Now, Ralph's group is down to four. They spend their time working and mainly avoid Jack and the savages as much as possible. However, one night, when Jack, Roger, and Maurice steal Piggy's specs, in order to make a fire, they have no choice but to climb the mountain to their spot. Their, an argument, filled with threats, explodes between Jack and Ralph, and poor Piggy can not see a thing, and is horrified. SamN'Eric are tied up, and within a few minutes, Piggy is knocked over, falls diwn to the sea, and down below, a rock is covered with blood. Panic flooding him, Ralph runs for his life, and hides back at camp. The next day, when he goes to see SamN'Eric, they are guarding the area from him, and give him some advice. That morning, the hunt was to begi: The hunt for Ralph. Their words, "He sharpened the stick at both ends." Petrified, an a feeling of abandoment in his stomach, he makes a run for it, and fines a concealed place among some ferns. There, he hides until he hears the herd right by him. They had also put fire to the trees, and now he had nowhere to go, and was forced to stay. When Jack was feet away from him, however, Ralph runs out, into the crowd of angry boys, each armed with spears. A man awaits for him, a boat, and himself, no longer Ralph. They are rescued, but will never be the same. Piggy and Simon are gone, a sense of humanity, and the ease of life they possessed before the Lord of the Flies.