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Brave New World

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Satire of ultimate consumerist society still packs punch.

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age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 15+

Everything in Context

I've read some of these reviews, and I think there needs to be some context here. The sexual content in the book is exaggerated but not explicit. It's simply to draw a stark contrast to our society and how different it would be if norms were turned on their head. The same with the castes, the consumerism, the violence etc. This is not "How Huxley thought the world would look" Science fiction writers simply explore futuristic possibilities to weave an interesting story. When talking about population control and a stable economy, this certainly could be one of many possibilities in the far distant future. However, I think that's missing the point entirely. One reviewer here got to the point with this simple statement: "The question is: ' is it better to be free or happy?' The reader is left to decide" I think this sums up the whole book pretty well. So there's the plot the setting, and then the theme... be sure to take all three into account when reading and reviewing this book
age 15+

Favorite Book

I was required to read "Brave New World" for school (I am fifteen and in grade ten), and I typically hate required reading, so I did not have high hopes going into this. I now see the error of my ways! I adore "Brave New World." It is probably the best dystopia novel; way better than 1984. In this book, set about six hundred years in the future, family is obsolete and technology has taken over. The world created by Huxley is eerie in how real it feels. This seems like it could be a potential future society. The plot centers majorly around a "savage" (a person who is much like modern-day people) entering this world, and his struggle to understand and adapt. This book is amazing. I highly recommend it.

Is It Any Good?

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Along with George Orwell's 1984, this chilling novel is one of the most famous dystopian science-fiction novels in the English language. Aldous Huxley envisions a future where a person's destiny is determined through in vitro fertilization and prenatal treatments, leading to adulthoods ruled by consumerism and aimless sex. Although originally a critique of social trends in the 1930s, the novel is still funny, disturbing, and relevant for today's readers.

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