So I am a big fan of dystopian science fiction literature - books like Hunger Games, Divergent and Uglies (a series too) are awesome!
So I decided to read more of a classic in the same genre - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It is written back in 1932 - but it is totally the Divergent of it’s time!
Huxley brilliantly depicts a society (future London) where everyone is breaded in a glass, and where words like “mother”, “father”, “family” and “birth” are completely vulgar and obscene. There are different classes/castes of people - from Alpha down to Epsilon - to do different kinds of work. Everyone needs to have fun all the time and never be alone. Everyone belongs to everyone - you just have sex with whomever you want. But no attachments permitted! High culture, art, science and love are all kept away from these stupidly happy people with empty lives.
When an outsider from a reserve - that is yet not “civilized” - comes to London, he is completely surprised by this so called civilized way of life.
I really loved this book. It urged me to read more old classics in the sci-fi genre. Next up is Island (also by Huxley) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (by George Orwell).
Let Brave New World be your classic summer-read! :)