If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely
I have always loved Dystopia novels, but I never read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. I finally got to reading it an wasn’t impressed.
Book Review: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Title & Author: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Genre: Dystopia, Adventure
Release date: 1932
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
I give Brave New World by Aldous Huxley three out of five hearts because it was not for me. There is little character development and the writing felt like Foundation by Isaac Asimov, which I didn’t like.
I do think the story itself is good. It starts out looking like this Utopia, but to the main character, it feels too confined. Huxley’s writing is clear and well thought out. He doesn’t info dump but uses a tour to students around the facility to explain important aspects of the world. It was great. The end was also great and made me think of how it is in the world today. In that way it did live up to the ‘hype’, there is not much hype around this book, but people do say it’s a thoughtful book, which is true.
What I didn’t like is the impassioned way it is told. It feels more like a someone quickly narrating the story instead of the experience of someone, which kept me very far from caring about the world and the characters.
Overall I think it is an okay story, but don’t expect to care about anything. I know some people like this way of writing, but I don’t. So if you like Isaac Asimov’s writing, go ahead, this is a book for you.
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