Book Review: Brave New World

Brave New World has been on my TBR list since high school and I just have never gotten around to it. Sometimes I have a hard time with “classics;” I either love them or I hate them (probably depending on whether it is truly relatable to me). My mom told me about this book after I had read George Orwell’s 1984 (which I thought was amazing and have read a couple of time more since first reading it). Apparently George Orwell was a student of Aldous Huxley (at least according to the Introduction in my version of the book – I did not fact check this, so please let me know if I am wrong), so I thought that I was going to like this book as much as I did 1984. Unfortunately, I did not.

I didn’t hate this book, I just couldn’t really get into it the way I did 1984. The whole premise of the book dystopian in nature and modern society has turned into this place of clones and individuality where it isn’t okay to experience any kind of emotion besides happiness, so the government controls the people by forcing them (but not really because the people want to be happy) to take these pills that make them stay in this constant state of happiness and subordination to the system. One of the main characters begins to question how society is and sets into motion events that make other question what is right and what is wrong as well.

I like the whole idea of the book. And I think that it is very relevant to today and our future society, however I just did not like the writing or the where the plot goes too much. It did not read easily the way 1984 did to me and some of the characters really did just annoy me. I did not feel like there was as much growth from the characters, which I guess could be a kind of criticism on mankind and how growth is usually very limited or even impossible for most people. Call me shallow or naïve or whatever, but I think humankind is not nearly as unteachable as they are portrayed in this book, and I prefer novels that give me hope for the future as opposed to having depressing, abrupt endings.

I probably could be convinced to like this book more, but it just missed the mark for me.