Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
I read this because it’s a classic dystopian novel. I hated it. I’m sure when it was first written it was revolutionary and visionary, but I found it hard to follow in places and frankly quite boring. I didn’t like or relate to any of the characters and a lot of the time it felt like Huxley was trying to shock by being overly controversial.
At 288 pages, Brave New World took me over 6 months to read, because I just couldn’t get into it. I didn’t like it from the beginning, but once I’ve started a book, I like to finish it.
With the likes of the Hunger Games and Divergent, we’ve been overwhelmed with dystopian futures just recently, so maybe I’ve got a general apathy towards Brave New World or just maybe it’s not very good.
I’m looking forward to returning to Alastair Reynolds and Slow Bullets.