Review: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The dystopian novel, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley describes a satirical utopian future set in London, England where humans are genetically engineered and raised for a single job.

Brave New World due to its broad topics is difficult to summarize. Therefore I’m not including a brief plot synopsis. If you’d like a good plot synopsis, visit GoodReads. Skipping the synopsis, I will just highlight the pros and cons of Brave New World.

I neither liked nor disliked this book, so I’m giving Brave New World a rating of Choose It! You could Read It! or Leave It! and not go wrong–I guess there is a third rating, after all. While I think the book had some meaningful warning of what the future may look like (maybe that’s why some people like the book), the book was very difficult to follow. During one chapter, every few sentences or so the character perspective would change, which is one of the reasons why. Also, there were lot’s of intense romantic scenes, which I personally disliked and skipped over.

The main character, Bernard Marx resembles Nineteen Eighty-Four’s main character: Winston Smith. Both protagonists have not fallen in perfectly with the unified mindset of their country. Brave New World bears a semi-resemblance to Nineteen Eighty-Four The plot wasn’t very clear–another aspect I disliked. If I hadn’t heard so many good things about Brave New World and I had known what is was about, then I probably wouldn’t have read it.

Part of the reason for this book’s rating is due to opinion and book preference. Leave It! is my subjective opinion while Choose It! is my impartial opinion.

Rating: Choose It!-Leave It!

Please feel free to share your thoughts and opinions on this book in the comments forum. Are there any similar books you would recommend?

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