Brave New World is a dystopian novel by English author Aldous Huxley, written in 1931 and published in 1932. Largely set in a futuristic World State, whose citizens are environmentally engineered into an intelligence-based social hierarchy, the novel anticipates huge scientific advancements in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society which is challenged by only a single individual: the story's protagonist. Huxley followed this book with a reassessment in essay form, Brave New World Revisited (1958), and with his final novel, Island (1962), the utopian counterpart. The novel is often compared to George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949).
In 1999, the Modern Library ranked Brave New World at number 5 on its list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, Robert McCrum, writing for The Observer, included Brave New World chronologically at number 53 in "the top 100 greatest novels of all time", and the novel was listed at number 87 on The Big Read survey by the BBC.
Although the writing is a bit stilted based on the year is was written, the author definitely gets his message across. This book could have been plucked from today’s headlines. Huxley could have shared the same crystal ball as George Orwell. Definitely worth the time.
A book that makes you think
In a futuristic world, that we are trying to approach, seeing the dangers of perfection is perfectly described in this book. Thoughtful discussions at the end, this book mixes Philosophy and opinions. Better to live in n imperfect savage world than in a perfect civilized world
Hopelessly relevant to our time.