Written in 1954, Lord of the Flies tells the story of a group of boys stranded on a Pacific island following a plane crash. The boys gather together and form a governance structure and attempt to provide for themselves and the group through divided responsibilities. However, the initial organization and plan quickly unravels as the boys fight among themselves, become paranoid about their circumstances, and fail to provide for the greater good. Although a dark and disturbing novel, Lord of the Flies is often considered one of the best novels of the 20th century. The novel explores themes such as groupthink, bullying, conflict, dominance, and coming of age.