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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
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Feb 25, 2010

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bookshelves: dystopia-utopia, library, science-fiction

The main character Bernard Marx, should be happy in the seemingly perfect world he lives in. Yet somehow he isn't quite satisfied. He questions things even further after meeting John, a Southwest Indian from a reservation.
The society is made up of genetically engineered castes: Alphas & Betas have the highest status, on down to Gammas and Epsilons who do the manual labor. Citizens use recreational drugs legally, and engage in promiscuous sex. It's rather dated, being obviously directed at the excesses of the 60's and 70's. But the commentary about the lessening of human connection and artificiality in an industrialized society is even more relevant in our digital age. It's both a thought-provoking and bizarre novel.

Also: I wrote a paper about this in high school in which I compared it to Lois Lowry's "The Giver".

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