Lord of the Flies by William Golding is definitely a classic. The book begins with a plane crash on an island, which left a group of boys stranded on their own. From then on, the decisions the boys make represent the formation of society. The protagonist, Ralph, creates an orderly society at the beginning of the novel, but the island turns to chaos as the boys begin to turn on him and create their own belief system of fear. Ralph then struggles to hide from the other boys as they become more chaotic. Finally, a boat comes and rescues them, and the chaotic boys recognize their faults.
This book is very captivating, because there is an event every chapter, and William Golding does an amazing job of connecting the novel to society. However, ultimately the plot of the book is almost pointless, because at the end of the book what happened on the island is misrecognized by the adults who rescue them.