Presumed dead, a group of undergraduate students who go missing on a deserted Pacific island emerge one year later in two groups of ragged and naked survivors All but one of the surviving women have conceived, and two students, plus their professor, are said to have diedIn the glare of the world s media, every survivor sticks to the same unconvincing version of events Piece by piece the narrator examines the evidence and conducts interviews with the survivors, to work out exactly what happened on the island during that year Slowly, a disturbing picture emerges of feral humans driven by rivalry and sexual tension a Lord of the Flies scenario for adults that suspiciously seems to test the dead professor s theory that by nature people are no different from apes in the wild While not the most original plot, the premise of the book sounded promising When I started reading it, what jumped out at first was the incredible amount of sex Don t get me wrong, using sex in a book is fine, but damm, this was overwhelming That being said, I still liked the first half of the book, following the students after they lost everything, including all their clothes because why not and then having to survive the harsh reality of living on an uninhabited island What really disapp While not the most original plot, the premise of the book sounded promising When I started reading it, what jumped out at first was the incredible amount of sex Don t get me wrong, using sex in a book is fine, but damm, this was overwhelming That being said, I still liked the first half of the book, following the students after they lost everything, including all their clothes because why not and then having to survive the harsh reality of living on an uninhabited island What really disappointed me was the second half of the book because of the way it was written like a set of letters and mails of a writer who s trying to make sense of what happened on the island I kept reading, because I wanted to know whether I was right in what I thought had happened Which I was So that s a good thing I guess, I did finish the book Had the book finished in the way it was written, I would have liked it better this book is terrrrrible it kind of makes me want to roll around on my back in it and savor the yuk of it all but here s the thing i was deathly ill yesterday all fever and koff koff and so very weak and i said to myself what is the most escapist book i have and i found this and i read it all day, drifting in and out of consciousness and it was a good recovery day and i am mostly healed today i don t think the book healed me, but maybe it does have secret medicinal properties all i this book is terrrrrible it kind of makes me want to roll around on my back in it and savor the yuk of it all but here s the thing i was deathly ill yesterday all fever and koff koff and so very weak and i said to myself what is the most escapist book i have and i found this and i read it all day, drifting in and out of consciousness and it was a good recovery day and i am mostly healed today i don t think the book healed me, but maybe it does have secret medicinal properties all i know is that if you like your rape eroticized and decriminalized, this is the book for you if you hate consistency in characterization and feel it is snobbery to have characters behave in a manner that people would in the real world this is your book if you hate to question character s motives or hate to ask wait when did that happen this is a great read for you there are some very interesting things in the book, really, but as a whole i would recommend it only to people roiling in feverhaze get your flu shots, kidscome to my blog The members of a university field trip both students and lecturers find themselves stranded on a remote tropical island, and gradually their most base impulses emerge, So far its The Lord of the Flies with a lotsex one thing Piggy never had to endure was being taken roughly by one of his fellow castaways.However we shouldn t hold its debt to William Golding too much against it, as this is an intriguing and clever novel, even if ultimately it left me wanting.The first half The members of a university field trip both students and lecturers find themselves stranded on a remote tropical island, and gradually their most base impulses emerge, So far its The Lord of the Flies with a lotsex one thing Piggy never had to endure was being taken roughly by one of his fellow castaways.However we shouldn t hold its debt to William Golding too much against it, as this is an intriguing and clever novel, even if ultimately it left me wanting.The first half is a vivid concoction of young attractive people, a beautiful exotic island and dramatic events All mixed in with a narrator who may not be totally reliable Most books would have just taken that scenario and just run with it right to the end, but Primal does something quite interesting with its second half The character of the author of the book starts to investigate the tale itself Gradually he pulls apart what he and us have been told by the survivors so far the survivors now being back in civilisation , to create a deeper anddisturbing version of events.It s a clever twist, as it looks hard at what makes a reliable witness and from there what makes a reliable narrator It also allows the story to emerge in a different way and the secrets to haveimpact Unfortunately I found this second half although enjoyable a lotbitty than what proceeded it The concept isn t helped by the fact that the author himself although integral never seems to become a fully fledged character although you could make the argument that that creates an extra level of unreliable narrator While I thought that the big final secret which emerged was not that big a secret at all The book always seemed to be heading in that direction.But, even though it s flawed, this is a sharp and intelligent read, which will disturb and provoke and will no doubt linger in the memory People who call this book a porno, probably did not understand this book You take a bunch of people, in this case young, healthy and good looking and you put everyone on a deserted island What do think is going to happen Of course there will be sex and violence which leads me to the rape parts people can go nuts on a deserted island, which can lead them into doing things they wouldn t in their day to day life, cause it s considered wrong and unmoral But on a deserted island, those parts People who call this book a porno, probably did not understand this book You take a bunch of people, in this case young, healthy and good looking and you put everyone on a deserted island What do think is going to happen Of course there will be sex and violence which leads me to the rape parts people can go nuts on a deserted island, which can lead them into doing things they wouldn t in their day to day life, cause it s considered wrong and unmoral But on a deserted island, those parts are taken out of the equation and so we are left with humanity s most basic behavior which is absulotly primal