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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 inhabited by genetically modified citizens and 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

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    I need to parse my rating of this book into the good or great the bad and the very fugly because I thought aspects of it were inspired genius and parts of it were dreggy boring and living near the border of awful In the end the wowness and importance of the novel's ideas as well as the segments that I thoroughly enjoyed carried the book to a strong 35 star ratingTHE REALLY GOODEXCELLENT I loved the first third of the book in which the basic outline of the Brave New World and its devalued conveyer belt morality is set forth The narrative device employed by Huxley of having the Director of Hatchery and Conditioning provide a walking tour to students around the facility as a way to knowledge up the reader on the societal basics was perfect We learn of the cloningbirthing process the caste system and the fundamental tenets upon which the society is organized This was as good a use of infodumping exposition as I had come across in some time and I was impressed both with the content and delivery method The reader gets a crash course in world and its history in a way that fit nicely into the flow of the narrative without ever feeling forced This was easily the best part of the novel for me and Huxley's mass production based society of enforced hedonism and anti emotion was very compelling Sort of like Now long jumping to the end of the novelI also thought the final debate near the story's climax between John the savage and Mustapha Mond the World Controller was exceptional This last chapterending of the book while abrupt was masterful and struck the proper chord with the overall theme of the book Thus a superior 45 to 50 stars for this portion of the book THE BADAWFUL I thought the middle of the book including both the trip to the reservation and John's initial return to London was a sleeping pill and felt disconnected from the rest of the narrative Throughout this entire portion of the book all I kept thinking was The only purpose of this long longLONG section seems to be to allow the reader to see Bernard Marx do a complete 180 in his views on the society once he finds himself in the role of celebrity by virtue of his relationship with John the savage Sorry this just did not strike me as a big enough payoff for this dry plodding section It was a test of endurance to get through this portion of the book so I'm being generous when I give it a weak 20 to 25 stars I could just have easily summed it up by just saying Bottom line I think this is a book that should be read It's important book and there is much brilliance here Plus it is short enough that the stale boring segments aren't too tortuous to get through However as far as the triumvirate of classic dystopian science fiction goes1984 is still the undisputed champ30 Stars Recommended