Monday, January 08, 2018

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Brave New World takes place in London, in a future where people are no longer born into families, but are grown and raised by the government. Not only that, but embryo growth is monitored and manipulated and young children are rigorously conditioned to create a rigid class system of Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and Epsilons.

Bernard Marx is an Alpha. His work with sleep-learning has led him to understand (and disapprove of) the way his society conditions the public and keeps them subdued. During a holiday with the desirable Beta, Lenina Crowne, Bernard makes a discovery that will shake his world.

I have put off reading the "classics" my entire life. I was always under the impression that they were preachy, had no plot, and were all together boring. After some convincing, I decided to give Brave New World a try; I was surprised to find that not only was there a cohesive plot, but it was entertaining and engaging.

If you are interested in more dystopian classics like Brave New World, look for The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood or 1984 by George Orwell. These and many more can be found at your local Virginia Beach Public Library location.

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