I rarely read fiction, but this past month I read two novels, one is famous political science fiction story and the other a fictional missionary auto-biography that critics evangelical missions. The other book I read is both religious history and political history and is very relevant to today. Check out my reviews, and I hope you find something that piques your interest :-)
Brave New World
I’ve known about this book since high school but never got around to reading it recently. The premise is a dystopian future where the majority of people see the world as having reached a utopian state… except for our disgruntled protagonist and a few others. In this future world of Aldous Huxley’s imagination, people are grown in laboratories, not born. Children are raised without parents and conditioned to assume a certain class in society, looking down on lower classes, and feeling inferior to higher classes. In order to maintain social stability, drugs and physical pleasure are promoted while art, science, individuality, and the search for truth and meaning are discouraged. Written in the 1930s, this is a fascinating and disturbing novel which foreshadows modern American society’s desire for big government to create safety and security at the expense of freedom. The world imagined by Huxley has similarities to George Orwell’s anti-communist book “1984", but whereas Orwell imagines an oppressive restrictive society from the top down, Huxley imagines an oppressive restrictive society from the bottom up, where people clamor for the security and comfort that their overlords provide.