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This "novel" lacks any characteristic of a story. There is essentially no plot. The characters are flat. The setting, which is in the distant future and therefore would seemingly be interesting, is barely mentioned. The romance, if it can be called that, is so underdeveloped that it barely exists.
As social commentary, I understand its purpose. But, as someone fairly well traversed in all wakes of socialist theory and literature, this is the saddest argument I've read yet. There are countless paradoxes and pitfalls the author falls into, of which specifically I can leave future readers to discover for themselves should they find themselves in the misfortune of reading this book. Most of his arguments, when traced back for evidence, end up relying entirely on assumption.
Don't let others delude you with "his predictions are so accurate," and "this book was a bestseller in its day." He barely talks about the future society. His invented "credit cards" are nothing like today's, and his "shopping malls" are anything but. Moreover, while this book was a best seller, it quickly fell out from any progress it had at becoming canonical. Twilight and Sarah Palin's Going Rogue were also best sellers. It means nothing.
All in all, Bellamy can't formulate well supported theory and can't write. Don't waste your time. If you're looking for social commentary set in the future, pick up 1984, Brave New World, Zamyatin's We, Fahrenheit 451, and countless others. This is garbage.
I think Joseph Stalin would have loved this book. It's communism in a nutshell, not a Socialist Utopia the progressives make it out to be.