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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of the Science Fiction Novel Brave New World.

Aldous Huxley, the author of over fifty books including both fiction and non-fiction, wrote a novel named Brave New World. The book won a position in the top 100 English-language Novels of the 20th-century list. The author changed the book in an essay form with the name of “Brave New World Revisited” in 1958. Later he published a counterpart novel “Island” in 1962.

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Author: Aldous Huxley

Genre: Science fiction

Page count: 288

Good reads rating: 3.98 of 5

My Ratings: 8 of 10

Published: 1932 (Original publication)

Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 18, 2006)

Language: English

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Review and Summary of the Science Fiction Novel Brave New World.

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Brave New World portrays a picture of a state where science and technology dominate the lives of people almost completely. This novel takes place in the year 2540 in London, where technology has taken over the existence of mankind by controlling and conditioning them from their embryonic stages.

In this disturbingly devastate society, the novel revolves around the lives of several characters. Bernard Marx, an alpha male works as a psychotherapist at the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre. But despite being an alpha, he is not physically perfect. His short stature because of a cloning error created a sense of inferiority in him.

His only friend Helmholtz Watson, a writer with gifted intellect, considers it a waste in this pain-free society. Lenina Crowne, a young and beautiful worker at the Hatchery and popular among men, fell in love with Bernard. The story proceeds when Bernard came across a woman named Linda and her son John and their dark truth that Linda became pregnant by the Director of Hatcheries in the past.

After exposing the director’s truth, he resigns. Later, when Linda dies of soma abuse, John went on anti-soma riot creating havoc in the society. After this incident, they exile, John, Bernard, and Helmholtz from their society by sending Helmholtz to an island. He picked the place himself, considering it an opportunity to experience pain which he can use in his writings. Bernard became exiled to another island, and it gave John the right to be unhappy. The novel ends with John isolating him in an abandoned tower as an atonement for his sins.

Final Say on the Science Fiction Novel Brave New World.

This novel receives my ratings of 8 out of 10 because of its highly intellectual, philosophical approach. Shakespeare’s words and writings, incorporated with John’s character, show his fascination with the work. Would I re-read the novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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