As I’m a huge technology geek and love thinking about social order and progress, I am going through a science fiction phase (as you could probably tell from my first #FridayBookShare on H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine).
In my opinion, Aldous Huxley takes his time setting up this dystopian world but it all starts to fall together by Chapter IV. I strongly recommend that you stick with the first couple of chapters, otherwise the science and society might not make much sense!
First line of the book
A squat grey building of only thirty-four storeys.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb
Not so far into the future, the world has become a single supranational state, ruled by a council of World Controllers. Consumerism has replaced religion, science has eliminated illness and ageing; the happiness of all is ensured by genetic engineering, brainwashing, recreational sex and tranquillizing drugs. But Bernard Marx feels alienated from a society in which ‘everybody belongs to everybody else’ and begins to show alarming signs of individualism. When he plucks a Shakespeare-reading ‘Savage’ from a South American reservation and brings him back to London, two incompatible views of the world come into conflict, with dramatic results.
First published in 1932, Huxley’s bleak dystopian novel explores the very real dangers of social and technological progress, questions the nature of freedom and uncovers the dark side of mankind’s seemingly insatiable appetite for amusement.
Introduce the main character using only three words
There are 3 main characters, I’d say, but I’ll just describe the most obvious one:
Bernard Marx – self-conscious introverted outsider
I would say this is for the avid fans of dystopian worlds and people who are interested in social progress and science’s role in society. It requires a bit of patience to read, so I would recommend The Time Machine instead if you’re looking for a lighter read!
Your favourite line/scene
The problem was to find an economically sounder reason for consuming transport than a mere affection for primroses and landscapes. It was duly found.
‘We condition the masses to hate the country,’ concluded the Director. ‘But simultaneously we condition them to love all country sports.’
You can buy Huxley’s Brave New World here on Amazon UK.
You’re very welcome to join in the #FridayBookShare! The rules are in my first one.
Btw I’m sorry I might be off the grid over the next week as I will be on holiday! However, I have scheduled a post on Monday so you will still get something to read. Until then!
Although this is meant to be every Friday, I will probably just post them once I’ve finished a book. What’s your favourite dystopian novel? Do you have a favourite genre? Let me know in the comments!