Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
From the back cover –
The system was simple. Everyone understood it. Books were for burning, along with the houses in which they were hidden. Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires. And he enjoyed his job. He had been a fireman for ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames… never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Then guy met a professor who told him of a future in which people could think. And Guy Montag suddenly realized what he had to do…
My thoughts –
So I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as I had anticipated. The only dystopian novel I have ever read before this is 1984 and since I really loved that, I just assumed I’d love this too. But the two books are really nothing alike, and I just was not excited about this book one bit. I sort of got into the story in the beginning, when I was figuring out exactly how things worked in this sad future world, and I did perk up a lot when Montag started fighting the system toward the end, but the whole middle just did not do it for me at all. I don’t know, it’s probably just me because I’ve heard so many great things about this “classic” novel, but personally I was just not too into it. I did finish the book, however, so that says something good about it as I am not afraid to put down a book that I simply dislike. So because I finished the book and did get emotionally involved in some parts, I’ll give Fahrenheit 451 a rating of 65/100.
And in other good news, this is book 1 of my TBR challenge list, so only 11 to go on that challenge!