Title: Brave New World
Author: Aldous Huxley
Release Date: September 1st, 1998
Pages: 268 (paperback)
Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his distress…
Books based in the future all have a different take on how life will be for the world later on. Brave New World is a dystopian future based off of a “perfect society” or utopia. Aldous Huxley focuses on the imperfections in utopia, creating an ironic situation where the citizens believe they are purified.
From the beginning, I knew this book was going to capture my attention. This prospective society is completely different from ours today. It is purely amazing, and a little scary, at how Huxley’s mind conceived this futuristic society. After every chapter, I was stupefied with the outrageous standards people were forced to live by in this contrasting civilization. Language terms, we consider innocuous, such as “mother”, “father”, and “birth” among many others, were considered as smut words. The comical and outrageous ideals held by those so young, provide a feeling that is indescribable. I could not possibly go into all of the details of the book that made it so…amazing. There are too many things too difficult to explain, so all I can do is tell you to trust me, and read it for yourself.
The author fabricates no emotional ties connecting his readers to the characters. Bernard Marx, Lenina and even characters like Helmholtz, never instilled any sort of need to protect them, much less like them. This lack of attachment only emphasized the preposterous aspect to their society. The ridiculous standards in this culture and excessive use of the drug soma, made a sort of laughter erupt as their continued actions technically followed expectations, but are overwhelmingly different from what we expect in our realm today.
I do not believe I can stress enough that civilization as we know and recognize it could not be any more different from this brave new world. Though, if we dare to compare some underlying factors, like stereotypes and following the status quo, our civilizations seem to be a similar match. This brings thoughts that go to consider science and how we may not be so completely far off from this technologically advanced society in the future.