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William Butler
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Butterfly Revolution

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  432 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Welcome to High Pines Summer Camp for Boys. There is hiking, swimming, canoeing--and a revolution led by General Frank. He promises change for the better, but little by little, he begins to change, and the revolution turns into a nightmare....
Mass Market Paperback, 221 pages
Published April 12th 1986 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1961)
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Dec 30, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
True confession time: this book got on my radar after watching an exceptionally bad '80s movie adaptation of the story called Summer of Fear. However, I saw that movie fresh off of reading Lord of the Flies and it made an impression. I never was able to find a copy in my public library and it was out of print for ages, so I just happened upon it this past year when it became available through

Was it worth the wait? Yes and no.

Butterfly Revolution is built on a great concept:
Oct 13, 2007 Annalisa rated it really liked it
I have a hard time separating this book from my own literary and emotional development. While most people were required to read Lord of the Flies, I was required to read this book. I liked it better than Lord of the Flies because it doesn't have the duex en machina ending. As a thirteen-year-old, the book left a deep impression on me, but that may be because it was more intense in content than anything else I'd read. To this day, there are '80s pop songs that put me right back into how I felt wh ...more
Aug 03, 2008 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
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Feb 18, 2010 Bryanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a required book, and after reading it, I could tell why some schools conviently decided to leave it out of their curriculum. If I haven't added it to my Won't Be Reading Again list, remind me to.
Printable Tire
Jan 04, 2009 Printable Tire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
This book was terrible and an obvious rip-off of Lord of the Flies. I don't remember why it was terrible, but I remember it WAS terrible. And the movie's not much better, but it IS better.
Leonard Pierce
Nov 16, 2008 Leonard Pierce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Passable "Lord of the Flies" knockoff with most of the ethical speculation removed, and one of the few young adult novels I've read not as a young adult.
Sep 19, 2010 Paul rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Lord of the Flies" was better.
Gino Sorcinelli
Jun 06, 2016 Gino Sorcinelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Butterfly Revolution by William Butler is an excellent book that was first released in 1961 and is now forgotten by most readers. I found the book at my neighborhood thrift store for a quarter and went in with minimal expectations. I was sucked into the story in an instant, enjoyed the entire book a great deal, and was satisfied with the conclusion. The book tells the tale of a camper revolt and takeover at High Pines Summer Camp for Boys. The revolution is lead by one of the older campers, ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I may be one of the only reviewers of this book who read this as an adult. I don't know if I'll have a different take on it, but unlike many reviewers who immediately compare it to Lord of the Flies, I actually feel it's more similar to Catcher in the Rye. Yes, a camp is taken over by kids who promptly lose control, and yes there is death; but to me the book was really about a kid who is trying to find answers and meaning in a world that is quickly losing any semblance of sanity. The main charac ...more
The first few chapters really hooked me in. Then the book started to lose its pull. I liked the book but only wish it would have kept my interest like the beginning did.
The book reminds me of animal farm.
I read animal farm in school and then again when I was older. I understood the book much better with age. I think if I would have read The Butterfly revolution in school I would have been able to relate to it better than animal farm and understood the political meaning behind the story line.
Oct 27, 2008 Carly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2008
This was a clear cut "3 star" book until the last 80 pages or so, and then it was so good I just couldn't (well, didn't want to) put it down.

It is the story of a group of boys at camp, who decide that they do not want to be told what to do anymore. Very Lord of the Flies-esque....but I think this one might even be better?

The narrator is Win, a book nerd (woo!) who is reading about the political philosophies of Thorough, Mill, Jefferson...and Marx, which gets him labeled as a communist.

Really g
Apr 08, 2010 James rated it it was ok
Shelves: politics
This novel is the tale of a revolution where the kids take over a Summer Camp. Filled with a political commentary, it tries to be like Orwell's 1984 or Animal Farm. The cover says that Butler "avoids being overshadowed by...Orwell." Bull. It was OK, but just OK. It's a little too heavy-handed with the allegory and even throws in that the main character carries a book of political philosophy and starts quoting from it. If you really like Orwellian-style fiction like me, it may be worth a read, bu ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this was a great book. This book was a little slow to start but I couldn't put it down towards the end. Great character development, awesome plot, fleshed out, and a striking concept made even more striking in the fact it is actually possible of happening, this book is great for anyone who likes reading about revolution. My only gripe is that it's diction could have been more interesting. It used a lot of bland words. Other than that this is an excellent read for anyone interested ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Attila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, dystopian, society
Similar to Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, or 1984. Teenagers in a summer camp get bored by the childish and repetitive activities and decide to take things in their hands - locking away teachers and introducing a military-like leadership, aspiring for an utopian and fulfilling holiday. However, problems appear and things head for tragedy very soon. An amazing book with lots of questions about politics, religion, and society.
Sean Moore
May 07, 2008 Sean Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mrs. Thomas, my 10th grade English teacher, pulled this off the shelf and asked me to read it--just me. There was a teacher who truly knew me. I'm not sure whether this is a take on Animal Farm, Won't Get Fooled Again, or just life in general. Nerdy kid goes to camp, other kids decide to take over camp from adults, things go fine at first but quickly deteriorate, cops and parents show up ...
Jack Gillespie
Jan 04, 2011 Jack Gillespie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book; same genre as "Lord of the Flies" if you like that type of book. Scary to think of what young people are capable of and how quickly things can really get out of control because of the power of a bad influence. Suggested by my 7th grade Literature teacher and I really enjoyed the book.
La Donna
Jun 19, 2008 La Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a bizarre journey of teenagers thinking they can do just as well as adults. Truly a revolution. I read it when I was 12. I don't know anyone, outside of family, who has read it. It is probably out-of-date now. I find it in the library every now and then. ahhh, the 70's.
Nicole Diamond
Apr 30, 2016 Nicole Diamond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If it has one star I liked it a lot
If it has two stars I liked it a lot and would recommend it
If it has three stars I really really liked it a lot
If it has four stars I insist you read it
If it has five stars it was life changing
Sep 06, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amy by: Jon
Recommended by my husband as it made an impact on him when he read it in high school. Re-read 20 years later, he admitted it wasn't what he remembered. I was only able to get 1/3 through before setting it aside.
Trisha Owens
This was a good book...probably not as well known as others like it, such as Animal Farm or Lord of the Flies. This tale is similar in many ways, but nonetheless, has a message for us all within its pages.
this book was a boring book that i just couldn't understand the point of because of all the chaos that went on. it was definitely not the worst book i've ever read,but not as interesting as others
Mike Shippee
Nov 18, 2012 Mike Shippee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my go-to book grades 6-8 whenever it became time to choose your own book to do a report on. It's Lord of The Flies set at an American summer camp.
Ericha Loch
A fairly average interpretation of Lord of the Flies. Barely brushes the surface orf political and social theory (even for a young readers book).
Gena Lott
Many have compared this book to "The Lord of the Flies" but it was neither that caliber nor that haunting.
Apr 28, 2009 Eli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book immediately became one of my favorites. Very relatable to my own childhood in a small sense.
Jan 13, 2009 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Lord of the Flies at summercamp. Actually, I liked this much better than Lord of the Flies.
Arthur Sperry
Jul 07, 2013 Arthur Sperry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in Junior High and never forgot it. A great book on how a Revolution goes wrong.
Nov 02, 2009 Zunpip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
... reading for school, so far I don't think it is right to read to bored 12-15 year olds...
Lady Shahrizai
It was too long ago. Unfortunately, I don't remember. All I know is that I liked it.
Jade Singleton
Very Lord of the Flies, with a slight bit of I Know What You Did Last Summer.
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