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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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 died. In the glare of the world's media, every survivor sticks to the same unconvincing version of events ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Virgin Books
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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 ...more
What was supposed to be an exciting class trip turned into a nightmare. A bunch of students and their staff members end up stranded on a deserted island, with the leader missing and no hope for rescue. When you’re forced to return to a stone-age way of living, what do you do?

According to Primal, this is what happens to mankind when you bring them back to the basics:

1. Monkey-like business. There is a group of chimps, released on the island 40 years prior, which the main character studies intensi
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 lot more sex (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 more.

The first half
Liron Raviv
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 ...more
David Lerner
I don't generally give bad ratings, because I honestly believe most books are very subjective. Some might like a The Catcher in the Rye, others will murder Lennon over it. It's all in what kind of books you like.

At first, Primal seemed like the type of book I'd be very interested in. A group of young, naked students doing despicable things to each other sounded like a wild ride.

But I quickly changed my mind. The writing was atrocious (in my opinion, at least), the pacing couldn't be slower and
**This review contains spoilers**

According to the front of this book, Robin Baker is an 'International Bestselling Author'. That he may be, but on the inside cover we see that he is the international bestselling author in the field of sexual biology, and whilst I haven't read his factual books, it's crystal clear that his studies have informed on this work and set the tone for the novel as a whole.

The formula is simple: Take a handful of young students, a few staff, and one crazy scientist, and
When I bought this book I had no idea it was like a porno horror 70's flick. I had just got done watching all 5 seasons of Lost and I wanted to read something similar. I just saw that it was about some people getting stranded on an island. But as I was reading it took a different turn from being anything like Lost. The characters had no depth. You would think at least a couple of people from the group wouldn't want to go skinny dipping. It wasn't my kind of book. I would have liked it to keep go ...more
Regardless of all the negative attention i have seen in reviews for this book i really enjoyed it. it may seem a little like porn to some people but to me it was a hard look at how people react and adapt to extreme situations when social conventions have been removed from the equation. It took a look at the baser of human needs and instincts. and though the professor seemed out there(as is any who would try this type of experiment and think to get away with it)he also had a very interesting prop ...more
Interesting concept. Liked that it didn't shy away from man's darker side. Overall I liked the book but there were some things that bothered me about it.

Spoiler alert:

One being that the one student gets pregnant twice from only having sex a grand total of two times with professor seems beyond far fetched to me.

Also, how forgiving everyone was after they were rescued, come on, really. People were raped and tortured but they helped fight off some chimps so everything's okay?

Sabrina Tourville
Un très bon livre, l'idée est original, mais avec la prémisse que nous avons, la suite est facile à prédire. Certain personnages sont simplement esquissés alors que nous voudrions tous les connaître plus. Le roman est divisé en deux grandes parties, l'histoire d'Ysan et l'enquête de l'auteur pour savoir ce qui c'est réellement passé. Cette division montre un vouloir de l'auteur de se démarquer, mais parfois la manière traditionnel de raconter reste la meilleure. Malgré tous ces points qui auraie ...more
This is another Lord of the Flies/The Beach type story about a group of research students who head off to a desert island with a bunch of primates to live and study for x amount of time. Needless to say they resort to some primitive behavior...

Its been some time since I read this book but I remember it being quite riveting.

Anyway the story is told in retrospect by a writer given the task of investigating the missing students and and interviewing those who survived to find out what happened on th
Angelo Karageorgos
When Humans are liberated...
A group of university students and teachers remain (by accident?) to a Fiji island for almost a year.
Robin Baker who is the author of the colossal book, "Sperm Wars", is approached by the group after their return in order to write the story. Their story... However, Baker doesn't "buy" and, although the group after a time tells him to immediately stop every contact, he decides to look further on this by himself.
The author, having a significant amount of sexual knowledg
Justed finished this book, and I have never been more mad at a bunch of fictional characters in a while. I'm sorry, but some of the things that happened are really really stupid. I understand mob-mentality, but this is ridicoulus. That said, I did like the book to a certain extent as the story did have a good premise. What can happen when people are stripped to nothing? Sadly there is no emerging leader or protector which is very strange. And the way it starts off is very odd. I know having peop ...more
I could not put this book down. It is not a page-turner in the sense of a beach-book read for an easy few hours. It is anything but easy. It is edgy, tense and gives a picture of what the human psyche is all about beneath the trappings and norms and expectations of modern society. The book reveals how easily our carefully constructed society with all its cultural and sexual strata can so easily collapse like a pack of cards when there is no-one to judge, see or punish you for acting on one's ins ...more
looked better than it was
Ellen Voets
it was not at all what I expected and not something I would read again, because it's really weird. But it kept me hooked until the last page and that's important too.
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