Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
This book has been around for a long time but the message still is applicable today. As a lover of books there is something strange about reading a book about how reading books is illegal. But none-the-less I love it.
Let me tell you about it:
In a dystopian future reading books is against the law. Firemen are people sent to homes to set fire to books and burn anything that could be considered to be hiding books. Books are considered to be the cause of sadness in society so by banning them it is the hopes that people will be happier by listening to the media and learning that way.
Guy is one of the firemen who sees people hiding books on a daily basis. But one day something he sees in a woman he is forcing out of her home to burn changes him. He finds a book and instead of burning it begins to read.
He keeps his book a secret from everyone, including his wife. As time goes on he starts to see the flaws in his society. But he is faced with the threat of death or imprisonment for breaking the law in such a huge way.
Ever the dutiful man Guy will try to show those around him the joy he gains by readings, putting his life in greater danger. But he has seen the light and even the threat of death isn't enough to stop him from expanding his knowledge.
This book was a great example of books with a realistic spin on dystopian futures. It doesn't have a happy ending but it has a very satisfying message. It's nice, as a reader, to be told that what you do is a threat to the government. Makes you feel pretty smart.
The writing style is a little old fashioned, since it's an older book, but the story is great. The author creates a world that plays to our fears and our hopes. It's a great read for anyone who likes books.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Have a great day everyone and happy reading!