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Brave New World

This Utopian (dystopian) novel is one of my favorite books. Written in 1932, It tells the story of a dystopian society that Huxley believed could occur. He wanted to scare people with a vision of the future that was unlike one that had been written before. The whole population is united under "The World State", where the population will remain stable, happy, and perfect. Humans are "genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve the ruling order" There are no more families, babies are made in test-tubes, and pre-determined to be in one of the 5 castes. They all have jobs set out for them, and they are brought up to think like the World State wants them to think, because of something called hypnopædia, or sleep teaching. It focuses on two main characters: Bernard, an Alpha-plus who is beginning to doubt society, and John "The Savage", a so-called savage that lives on one of the few reservations of places the World State could not control. This book is so famous in the way that Aldous Huxley creates an entire world that could be plausible with the advances at the time in the Industrial Revolution and mass production. Once I started reading it, I could not stop. That, to me, is a true quality of a good book. I got engrossed into Huxley's Brave New World. When the savage sees the World State after leaving the reservation, he says, "'O brave new world, O brave new world...' In his mind the singing words seemed to change their tone. They had mocked him through his misery and remorse, mocked him with how hideous a note of cynical derision!"  To this day, the novel remains relevant as the world progresses towards a more science-centered future. I highly, highly recommend it. Rating: ★★★★★

The Poisonwood Bible

Extremley Loud and Incredibly Close