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Brave New World (book)

344 Ratings: 3.4
1932 novel by Aldous Huxley

The novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, biological engineering, and sleep-learning that combine to change society

Author: Aldous Huxley
Genre: Intelligent Science Fiction , Dystopian
44 reviews about Brave New World (book)
review by . July 06, 2010
Another excellent example of a negative utopia which generally is named in the same breath as Orwell's 1984...but there is very little in common beyond that.      The book opens by showcasing it's perfection of societal division, where social groupings and career roles are predetermined by a eugenics program implemented after years of research and development.  As well, within the opening introduction, we discover that the old social mores and customs have been eliminated …
review by . July 04, 2010
   John and Mond debate the value of the World State’s policies, John arguing that they dehumanize the residents of the World State and Mond arguing that stability and happiness are more important than humanity. Mond explains that social stability has required the sacrifice of art, science, and religion. John protests that, without these things, human life is not worth living. Bernard reacts wildly when Mond says that he and Helmholtz will be exiled to distant islands, and he is …
Quick Tip by . January 12, 2011
Reread this when my kids had to read it in school and remember why I liked it so much.
review by . July 30, 2010
   One of the noticeable things about this novel at its conclusion is that you don't really find any fully likable characters. While most novels have a clear and defined party you should sympathize with and join for the journey throughout the work Brave New World does not. Lenina, John, and Bernerd all have appalling or ironic behavior that make them difficult to like. The other characters, while developed and rich are even worse. This isn't a bad thing but an interesting story …
Quick Tip by . November 06, 2010
This is far from my favorite dystopian novel but it does have a lot of great elements in it.
review by . June 14, 2010
To me, Brave New World and 1984 are two sides to the same dystopian coin, but it's 1984 that tends toward popularity and glory, while Brave New World is often only discovered by people who are already fans of the science fiction genre and looking to expand their classics reading.      I, too, am guilty of this and only discovered Brave New World a few years ago.  Now I say to myself "How can you call yourself a Science Fiction fan without having read this (and …
review by . July 01, 2010
Brave New World is often compared to the better known 1984 dystopian novels which describe a future run by an overbearing government. Brave New World was actually written first and in my opinion is the worse of the two but that does not mean it is a bad book by any means.      The story tells the tale of a future where human beings are no longer conceived but instead cloned and have been categorised into pre-determined roles due to controlled levels of intelligence - alphas, …
Quick Tip by . August 26, 2010
It is undeniably prophetic how closely Huxley comes to extrapolating trends that reach into today's post-modern world.
Quick Tip by . August 09, 2010
Plausible, creepily plausible. But I buy most of Huxley's philosophy wholesale.
Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Frightening, sickening, and yet ever-so-real. It's like our world right now! ACK!
Quick Tip by . July 15, 2010
I know it's a classic, but I really didn't love it. There are much better utopian-esque books out there.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Okay book about the future, but honestly it was a little analytical for my taste.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
I liked this dystopia much better than 1984. Huxley's writing seems much more eloquent and expressive than Orwell's. My favorite part about the book though, and something that sets it apart from 1984 is the fact that the dystopia presented, as horrifying as it is, might not be all that bad...
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
Good book, I should probably reread it. A friend recommended it to me. It is an interesting commentary on the individual vs. the state.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
This book is one of the classics of science fiction literature. I have to be honest, I did have some trouble understanding the ending. The ideas that Aldous Huxley came up with in 1932 are amazing. There is a reason that this book has stood the test of time -- it is a great book by a wonderful author. I would like to reread this book and try to understand the ending a bit better.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
In my opinion, an excellent analysis of a potential future far more insidious than that of books such as 1984. People balk at control via suffering, and cruelty much faster than society's attempts at eliminating "unpleasant" or "dangerous" things, (for instance through censorship and Lithium in the water).
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
not as interesting as I thought it would be
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
I really enjoyed this book when I read it in high school. Very thought provoking.
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
Read this in high school. Thought provoking
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Dystopia sci fi, with of course some sociological points.
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Love it!
Quick Tip by . July 02, 2010
Read this as a high school freshman, but enjoyed it better when I re-read it as an adult.
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
A great dystopia, eerily similar to today's world. Drugs, classes, prejudice - will it ever end?
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
This dystopian view is in some ways more clinical than 1984 or Fahrenheit 451, but it is perhaps more chilling for that reason. We're not there yet. Hope we don't get there!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
You can't appreciate George Orwell's "1984" without "Brave New World." While sex is forbidden in the former, it is the method of control in the latter. Either way, flourishing dystopia is the end result. If you thought one of them made you think, looking at them together is even better. Also, if you've read "Brave New World," check out the song "Hug Me" by Meg & Dia. It is based on the book and I quite like it.
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