“Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

            From the first page of Fahrenheit 451, readers are immediately enveloped in detailed imagery and a distinctly dystopian society. The main character, Guy Montag, lives in a world where books are burned, people watch giant, wall-sized televisions all day, and thinking is frowned upon. In this world, Montag is the burner of books, the fireman. The story of Fahrenheit 451 follows Montag as he turns his back on his job as a fireman and takes up against society. Montag runs to the country, where he finds book people who show him that books and knowledge are not dead yet.

Fahrenheit 451 delivers on all accounts. Readers come for the tale of a man finding a new identity amidst a fascinating futuristic lifestyle, but stay for the underlying message Bradbury presents about the future of humanity. Often, Bradbury shows readers events rather than tells them. He uses active voice in most instances, which helps make Fahrenheit 451 an engrossing read.

Readers who enjoy science fiction/ fantasy with deeper meaning will enjoy this novel. This book deserves 9 out of 10, its only flaw being that the story is not long enough. A longer story would allow readers to delve further into the message Bradbury presents. Otherwise, Fahrenheit 451 is a prophetic book that contains both an interesting storyline and a warning for the future.

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