The unknown of the future was always a thing of awe and inspiration for many writers. The advances technology made in the last century and the speed with which these advances were made convinced many writers to try to imagine where the future will bring us.
What’s really scary for me is when books written in the early 30’s are beginning to have a correspondent in the real world. This is the case with “A brave new world” by Aldous Huxley.
A short presentation of the book
The dystopian novel shows us a world dominated by genetical engineering, where free will is basically gone with the exceptions of a few reservations, where people still live a what we now consider normal life (they reproduce the old fashioned way, get married and believe in a higher power).
The story follows Bernard, an Alpha plus sleep-learning specialist who has a complex about his inferior physique and the young, beautiful very popular Lenina as they go on a vacation inside one of the reservations. There they encounter John, the son of Linda, a citizen of the World State that accidentally got pregnant with another citizen and was self-exiled to the reservation, being too ashamed to have conceived and given birth. John is an outsider of both worlds that just can’t fit in anywhere, and this makes the central story and the tragedy of the novel.
The way Huxley describes this different World State sometimes gets a little too close to home for me. The idea of free will is slowly slipping through our fingers as it is and the extreme consumerism we experience today is similar to that presented in A brave new world, and the similarities don’t stop there.
The Reading Badger’s thoughts about “A brave new world”
So, if you want to see a personal vision of things that may come in the not so distant future, give “A brave new world” a chance.