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I'm not sure why I liked this book so much, but Brave New World is one of my favorites. I...moreThis may or may not contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.
I'm not sure why I liked this book so much, but Brave New World is one of my favorites. I read it about a year or two ago, when I was 14-15, so I feel like a lot of it went over my head. I really want to re-read it though, maybe when I'm a little older, so hopefully I can absord all of it. Many people say that they find it disturbing or unsettling, but I didn't. I just really like Bernard.
Anyway, for those who don't know, Brave New World takes place in the future. I think it's about a few decades into the future from now, about a century or so into the future when it was written. Anyhow, in this future everyone is unified under the World State (NWO anyone?), and humans are mass produced. They are also put into castes, which is predetermined for them before they are...made. We've got Alphas, Betas, Gammas, Deltas, and those lovable morons, Epsilons. While these children are forming and whatnot alchohol (I believe that's it, I could be wrong) is added to the surrogate to stunt their growth and/or intelligence (which is why Epsilons are morons, but oh so lovable!). Betas get the least amount, Epsilons get the most.
Everybody is subjected to this expect for Alphas. They're allowed to form and develope naturally minus being in a mother's womb. So typically Alphas are taller and smarter than the other castes. Except for Bernard Marx that is (I love him). He's smart but short, so he doesn't quite fit in. He only has one friend, Helmholtz Watson, who Bernard likes cuz he likes Bernard. Then there's Lenina, but she doens't really count. And John the Savage ("Mr. Savage", I love him too). He counts.
Bernard's a bit of a cynic because he's an outcast. He really just wants to fit in, but since he can't he spends his time complaining to Helmholtz. Maybe he should take a page from John's book and read Shakespeare instead.
Then there's Mr. Savage. I love him just as much as I love Mr. Marx. John also doesn't fit where he lives, which is on a savage reservation. All the other people of the reservation are brown skin (I think, they may not be but that's how I always picture them) but John is white (I think >.<) because his mother is of the World State. She ended up stranded in the reservation due to a freak accident. I can't remember how she got pregnant with John though. Anyway, that's one reason why John doesn't fit in. Everyone else knows he's different. So the poor kid spends his time reading Shakespeare.
Bernard meets John when he and Lenina take a vacation to the reservation. Lenina was smitten at first sight, which is hard for me to imagine. Before I read the book I always thought of John as being this nasty, smelling, hobo-esque old man. Turns out he's like 18 or something. Goddamn. Anyway Bernard smuggles John with him back to civiliztion and, even though all that happens in the first half of the book, that is really where the story truly starts, in my opinion.
This book definitely isn't for everyone. I can imagine a lot of people might find it boring. But I loved it and I really think everyone should give it a chance.(less)
I really wanted to like this book. Truly I did. I read an excerpt from it on Amazon and thought it was charming, but about 30 pages in and charming qu...moreI really wanted to like this book. Truly I did. I read an excerpt from it on Amazon and thought it was charming, but about 30 pages in and charming quickly turned into irritating. The way Bradbury writes is just so confusing that half the time you really have no clue what's going on, and the other half you're bored to tears by his long, unnecessary, drawn out descriptions of the most pettiest things. Half way through I had to force myself to continue (it really wasn't that hard since the chapters were so short, so I simply read one a day).
But the characters were nice, well-rounded and all that good stuff that characters should be, and there were a few funny parts here and there. So if you're interested in the book, then go ahead and read it. You just might like it. But I'd recommend getting it from the library first before buying a copy.(less)