This book blew my mind.
If you are looking for a book that has so much relevance to society today and why it’s scary that we are all ADDICTED to our electronics, and instant gratification, then this is the book for you. Apparently some high schools require this book in their English classes, I can’t helping thinking that if all of them did, we’d all be much better off.
It should also be said, that this book scared the hell out of me. I had nightmares. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not scary in a monsters/Freddy/Jason way, it’s scary because of mind control. As in the government steps in and makes all the decisions for every single thing. And displays large billboards, tvs, speakers blasting advertisements all day and night. And taking away non-harmful things you choose to do in your spare time. You know, like read a book.
So here’s the gist: Guy Montag is just a regular guy, he works as a fireman- though, not the type of firemen we know. He and his fellow co-workers are responsible for burning EVERY BOOK. If someone is reported with a book, the firemen are called and they have to burn it. Right then. And well, if someone has a whole house of books, then the whole house goes up in flames. People in this society are not to read books. They are to watch tv (and the commercials these people are exposed to…. 24/7, everywhere they go!), play sports, consume and then consume some more. Books are a waste of time and often seen as “untrue” and therefore are cast aside for a more “peaceful” way of life. Yeah, we don’t want any pesky “intelligence” in this society. Creepy.
Fahrenheit 451 is dystopian fiction at its finest. A book that I was horrified with and shook my head at, but could not put down. It absolutely blew me away. It now has a place on the shelf with my favorites.