Things I remember about this book (and it's not much):

  • Dystopian or Utopian future (I believe it was Dystopian)
  • Children where either born in a lab or brought to a lab and trained for specific functions in life (Scientist, Janitor, Teachers, Etc.).
  • I do remember that there were a few scenes that specific children were trained for specific phobias. Example: The children were in a room and when the color yellow was displayed, a piercing noise blasted them which eventually invoked fear of that color.
  • I read the book either early 90's or late 80's. I have a feeling it was early 90's.

I know it's not much to go on, and I'm digging deep in my sponge to remember more. Unfortunately I don't remember the main plot of the story. The scene of the children in the lab is what I remember from long ago.

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    Brave New World?
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 14:53
  • Welcome to the site. You have a good start here.Could you take a look at this guide to help jog your memory and edit in any more details that you can remember? Every little bit helps us.
    – amflare
    Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 14:54
  • @Valorum reading the plot of Brave New World, non of that is jogging my memory but some of it is. So, that might be it. Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 14:56
  • @amflare I'm trying :) I know it's not much to go on Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 14:56
  • @Valorum Yep, this is it. If you post it as the answer, I'll accept it :) Thanks for the quick response Commented Dec 21, 2017 at 15:00

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This is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

The novel opens in the World State city of London in AF 632 (AD 2540 in the Gregorian calendar), where citizens are engineered through artificial wombs and childhood indoctrination programs into predetermined classes (or castes) based on intelligence and labour. Lenina Crowne, a hatchery worker, is popular and sexually desirable, but Bernard Marx, a psychologist, is not. He is shorter in stature than the average member of his high caste, which gives him an inferiority complex

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