Must-Read Books If You Enjoyed Lord of the Flies

A plane crashes, leaving a group of schoolboys stranded on a deserted island. The realities of human behavior and interactions become apparent as the boys struggle to survive. Dark, even murderous and bloody, propensities shine through.

Controversial and banned, Lord of the Flies is also recognized as one of the most important novels of the 20th century. If you liked this book, give one (or more) of the following a read.

A Clockwork Orange is a famous (and controversial) book by Anthony Burgess. This dystopian novel was published in 1962. The two books represent a particularly tragic, and English, perspective on youth in the twentieth century. Burgess's narrative style is unique and challenging, but the themes are similar to ​Lord of the Flies

In a futuristic society based on pleasure without moral repercussions, Aldous Huxley places a few oddball characters to stir up the plot. With eugenics at its core, this novel is a match to Lord of the Flies study into the concept of "survival of the fittest." 

Fahrenheit 451 is perhaps Bradbury's crowning achievement. It tells of the "Firemen" in a dystopian future where books are outlawed because they encourage people to think and, therefore, question authority. 

The Hunger Games is the first book in the same-titled trilogy by Suzanne Collins. In a post-apocalyptic United States, children from 12 districts are collected each year and forced to fight to the death. If you're intrigued by politics and human nature, this one and Lord of the Flies have much to offer.

Speaking of The Hunger Games: If you enjoy books in this style, then one you don't want to miss is Koushun Takami's Battle Royale. Every year, in the Republic of East Asia, one 3rd-year Junior High class, made up of 15-year olds, is selected at random to participate in a Battle Royal – an epic fight to the death, where the final student to survive is crowned the winner.

Ken Kesey’s 1962 American novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is a haunting look at the polar natures of power and authority, madness and sanity. The book was published to critical acclaim and is unique in its ability to be both comic and tragic.

The story of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, inspired Daniel Defoe to create this novel about a man who is stranded on a deserted island. Lord of the Flies centers around a group of schoolboys, whereas Defoe's legendary book focuses on one isolated man. Even so, Defoe discusses some of the most base characteristics of humanity.

Like Lord of the Flies, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird explores the basics of human nature. Scout isn't on a deserted island, but she's growing up in a community built on hatred. At first glance, this may seem like a strange choice for those who enjoyed Lord of the Flies. Certainly, To Kill a Mockingbird is not the same kind of dystopian environment; however, it is told through the eyes of a child narrator who begins to experience adult situations. Both are true classics. 

Kenzaburo Oe’s Nip the Buds, Shoot the Kids is the story of a group of teenage boys who are taken from their corrective center during wartime and brought to a village where they will do the farming and fielding. When a plague breaks out, the boys are barricaded inside the village until the outbreak has dissipated. In that time, the boys learn to fend for themselves – to hunt, cook, and even to play as they were never allowed to before.