Portions of this book hit really close to home in our present society. Several (but not all) of the predictions that were made in this dystopian sci-fi have ended up coming true. Reading this book is akin to taking an objective look in the mirror and seeing the parts of yourself that you've skillfully avoided until this point.
I think history has been the ally of this book, as detractors who claimed that the world was far-fetched and impossible have been shown to be the short-sighed ones.
Predictions that can be argued to have become true (if only for a subset of people in current times):
- The encouragement of a "throw-away"
society based on consumption to buoy
- The increased prevalence of
recreational sex and the decreased
importance of the traditional family unit among
some groups of people.
- The rise of "better living through
chemistry" by influencing emotions
and our daily lives with drugs,
sometimes without thinking of the
long-term consequences of those
- The increasing stratification of
society to distinct classes, and the
inherent dislike that socioeconomic
classes have for each other.
- The tendency for our society to gape
at people that we deem to be more
primitive than ourselves instead of
looking for the commonality in our