Brave New World
The astonishing novel "Brave New World," originally published in 1932, presents Aldous Huxley's legendary vision of a world of tomorrow utterly transformed. In Huxley's darkly satiric yet chillingly prescient imagining of a "utopian" future, humans are genetically designed and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded and as a thought-provoking yet satisfying entertainment.
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A sublime, incredibly compelling story about a futuristic world state, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, challenged by a single individual - Bernard Marx. However, the pace can be slow at times, but the general plot and idea is fascinating.
Having read 1984 immediately before this, and what actually prompted the reading of this, a profound disappointment ensued. Felt very much more of a satire than a chilling view of the future. Clearly rebuking modern industrialism and its representatives yet often tedious and unengaging.