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Lord of the Flies: William Goldingís 1954 classic is renowned for its stance on the essential nature of humans, and the conflict between individual welfare and the common good. But letís be honest, itís just a bunch of dudes going bonkers on an island. Weíre sure some English teacher has, or will, make you read this book, but read it on your own without having to worry about what Golding is saying about the human condition. Sometimes a pigís head on a stick is just a pigís head on a stick. (Just kidding, it symbolizes the end of rational thinking and the dominance of the primitive side of human nature.)
Battle Royale: Koushun Takamiís 1999 novel is basically Hunger Games if you took out all of the emotional, touching parts and replaced them with someone getting their head chopped off. In a bloody, gorey nutshell, the book is about a yearly program in a fictionalized Japan, where students from one high-school class are made to fight to the death on an island to dissuade the general public from uprising and keep them distracted. Yeah, we know what youíre thinking after reading that sentence: It is suspiciously similar to the Hunger Games. Thatís the only downside to reading Battle Royale, there are definitely a few parts that may make you question Suzanne Collinsí originality. But guess what? The Hunger Games is really, really good, so who cares (other than maybe Koushun Takami)?
The Lottery: Shirley Jacksonís classic short story is not exactly pleasure reading. Residents...