Finished this two days ago. A great book, I suggest anyone who hasn't read to do so. I am curious to know all of your reactions to the spiral into savagery (is that a word?) the boys undergo. How did it make you look at humanity differently? I am a cynic and have my doubts about humanity. I believe humans are evil at the core. The boys constantly put emphasis on what adults would do. To me this shows that they are (were) civilized because that's what they were taught and how they were raised, but when left on their own they turn savage. And not to bring sexism into it, but how do you think the story would have changed if there were boys and girls or all girls?