Based in the future, modern civilization has eroded the individual psyche and focused on the communal wants and needs. To accomplish this, a central planning commission has introduced a streamlined propaganda program of human conditioning, segregated human beings into a caste system of Alpha’s, Beta’s, Gamma’s, Delta’s, & Epsilon’s, and the planners have removed the entire paternal system. The entire society is docile with the injecting of soma (drugs), concerned about living happy, buying new items and not ‘mending’ their old garments, and has group orgies. The goal of this altered human conditioning is peace and tranquility with Ford as their god.
The story follows an Alpha who is a little dissatisfied with himself and has internal struggles of living in this world. He ends up meeting a ‘savage’ who lives outside of the central planned “Utopia’ and is disgusted with how he lives. The story then switches over to the savage and his struggles with coming into conformity with the ‘Utopia’
My favorite part was the confrontation close to the end of the book with the conversation that ensued between the savage, Bernard Marx (the Alpha male), and the central planner.
The storyline is a bit tough to distinguish at times so I recommend the sparknotes as a guide when reading. Overall this book has some interesting dialogue between the characters and the choice of the savage at the end makes one think about ones choices; I was disappointed with the savage’s choice. In my opinion the book was alright but not a classic – 6/10 stars.