Genre: Science-Fiction, Dystopia
No. Pages: 229
Set in a future London in 2540 AD (or 632 After Ford), the ideal civilisation has been created. Brainwashing, genetic engineering and encouragement of recreational sex and drugs are all used to shape a civilisation in which everyone is happy and fulfils their role in society.
I found this book really interesting and I was hooked from the beginning. It took a little while to get to grips with the different aspects of the future that Huxley depicts but it made me want to keep reading to find out more. The story follows a small number of characters and of course, some are unhappy and even rebellious. There is a conflict of beliefs and the realisation of being trapped and controlled in a society which has eradicated free will.
The only problem I had with this book is the occasional use of words that you wouldn’t necessarily come across today. For instance, the use of “pneumatic” to describe various things such as women which actually means well-rounded or balloon-like in particular reference to a woman’s breasts. A quick google cleared this and other terminology up so didn’t pose a problem.
This is a book which I would have liked to have studied during English classes at school. There’s a lot more to Brave New World than meets the eye when you first read it and I would love to analyse it further.
Have you read Brave New World? What did you think of it? 🙂