Narrated by Michael York.Challenge: Classics Club Genre: Science Fiction – Dystopia Type/Source: Audiobook / Audible 2for1 Sale
MOTIVATION for READING: I needed a Classics Sci Fi and I can’t remember if I read it in High School.
A future where ‘they’ manufacture humans in baby factories and assign who will be the grunt workers and who will be the higher-up workers. The people in charge have doped everyone up with Soma, encouraging their consumerism and distractions of pleasant activities, never pursuing ‘passions’. All art and drama and good books are things of the past.
I can’t say I enjoyed this story but I get why it is important as satire and commentary on society; a few issues we are still grappling with today.
Oh Good Ford! I thought it tedious, to be honest. It did have its moments. I wasn’t in the right frame of mind for it.
RATING: Three slices of pie. I didn’t make note if pie was mentioned.
Thanks to one of the commenters on this post, I hereby link to an insightful post by Elaine’s Philosophy Thoughts comparing the prophecies of Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984.
I also appreciate Teresa’s review at Shelf Love. “The best dystopian novels include just enough that is familiar to make readers shudder in recognition.”