Primal

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. 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.

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By karen (Woodside, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · September 09, 2009
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 rea... ...more
By F.R. (London, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · January 29, 2012
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... ...more
By Liron (Tel Aviv, 05, Israel) · ★★★★★ · September 19, 2012
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 part... ...more
By Andrew (Norwich, NR3, The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 03, 2010
**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, i... ...more
By David (Rehovot, Israel) · ★★☆☆☆ · March 19, 2015
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 y... ...more
By Brittney · ★★★★★ · November 17, 2011
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... ...more
By Steve · ★★★☆☆ · June 14, 2012
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 f... ...more
By Sabrina (Canada) · ★★★★☆ · March 12, 2014
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... ...more
By Robdemanc (Manchester, I2, The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · February 08, 2014
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 remem... ...more
By Angelo (Guildford, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · May 04, 2013
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, Bak... ...more