Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit Protected content Ray Bradbury
(Review taken from Amazon reviewer, 'ByWatcher97')
In a time where suppression of knowledge and information is at its inevitable tipping point, Bradbury had a prophetic moment of literary genius. His rhythmic, sing-song, writing style carries you on an emotional current into a dystopian future. A society that only caters to the most positive of emotional responses to any situation regardless of reason or intent is painted through poetic prose. I truly enjoyed reading this book and my only complaint is that once it was finished, I wanted to read more.
Montag is the main protagonist, with a subconscious yearning to understand why society is the way that it is. An inquisitive attitude is not only frowned upon, but those outwardly participating in such thought can be condemned to death. Married to a indifferent spouse, working as a fireman (who starts fires); a true model of the sociological ideal, Montag carries out his mundane routine life, until one day he runs into the one person that will change him forever. The little girl Montag meets has the key to his own pandora's box and once it opens can never again be closed.
With the realization that the true meaning of life is being hidden in plain sight Montag attempts to uncover why it is that his "better-half" and associates are addicted to superficial past times, with no relevance or meaning. Only bright boisterous distracting explosions of lights and sounds; people choose to interact with through their essential Virtual Reality devices.
Books are the only way out of this zombified state. With knowledge comes pain, but also with knowledge comes freedom. And life without pain is no life at all.