The first chapter starts with a fair-haired boy walking toward a lagoon on a beach. He encounters another boy when he reaches the lagoon. The fair-haired boy meets the chubby, asthmatic glass-wearing boy. They each introduces themselves, first Piggy as the chubby boy and then the fair-haired boy as Ralph. Through their conversation, we learn that there was an atomic war going on that caused a transport plane to emergency land. The plane that was carrying a group of English boys. It crashed in thick jungle surrounded with sand. Scattered by the wreck, the boys lot each other and cannot find the pilot or any other grown-ups.
Ralph and Piggy decided to go look around the beach trying to find survivors of the plane crash. They later discover a large pink and cream-colored conch shell, which Piggy realized he has seen before been used as a kind of a trumpet. Piggy makes Ralph trying to use the shell to find the other boys by blowing in it. After the success of a blow, boys one by one, starts to wonder onto the beach. The boys comes up to Ralph and Piggy and sits down on a trunk of fallen over palm trees. Piggy trying to remember the names of the boys while Ralph keeps on blowing. Piggy and Ralph decided they were going to have a meeting for what they are going to do in the future of the time being away from civilisation. Out of the jungle, towards the beach marched a group of seven boys’ choir, dressed in black gowns and led by an older boy named Jack. They march to the beach in two parallel lines, and Jack snaps at them to stand at attention. The boys start taunting Piggy and mocking his appearance and nickname.
Ralph starts the meeting a choice of an election of a leader. The choirboys vote for Jack, while all the other boys vote for Ralph. Ralph wins the vote, however Jack became the leader of the hunters. Jack then asks the choir to serve as the hunters. The choir accepts the request.
Ralph then starts to talk about the need to explore the environment to make sure that this was truly an island. Ralph chooses Jack and a choir member named Simon to explore. Piggy makes a request to come join while Ralph ignores it. Ralph later gives Piggy a task to look after the other boys staying on the beach. The three explorers leaves the meeting place and set off across the island.
The boys becomes tired and exhausted by the exploring of the island. After a long time they reach the end of the jungle, up a mountain. The boys climb up the side of the mountain. When they reach the top, they can see that they are on an island with no signs of civilization. They think the view is magical and beautiful. Ralph feels as though they have discovered their own land.
On their way back, the boys remember the feeling of being hungry. They then finds a little pig caught in a curtain of creepers. Jack then draw his knife and was planning to kill the piglet, but hesitated. The piglet then got away. Jack made a promise to himself that next time he will not hesitate to kill.
Then the boys made their way home their new home, with a new family.
I can say that I really like the start of this book, and I am looking forward to reading it more and more.
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