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Fahrenheit 451–Book Review

Time for a book review! I want to try and start doing some more book reviews/recommendations because I read a lot, I just never really talk about the books I read XD. Except Harry Potter. And KOTLC. And Lord of the Rings (well, those are mostly the movies, but still).

Since I’ve never really done this before, I’ll give you guys some idea as to what I’ll be doing. I will say…

  1. The name and author of the book, and give a short synopsis.
  2. How interesting it was on a scale of 1-10
  3. How easy to read it was on a scale of 1-10 (1 being the hardest, 10 being the easiest)
  4. How much I liked the characters on a scale of 1-10
  5. How much I liked the story itself on a scale of 1-10
  6. How clean/appropriate it was on a scale of 1-10
  7. A final score, which is all of the scores added together for a maximum score of 50 (I’m going to make a score chart where I organize all of the books I review by score).

Here we go!

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag has never questioned his way of life. He has a wife, a job, a house, and a system that works. In a world where ignorance is the norm and fast-paced, emotionless lifestyles are valued, Guy works as a fireman, starting fires at houses where books, banned because of their strange ideas, are found. Then one day, he meets his strange new neighbor with strange ideas and a strange perspective, and he begins to question his world. Is there something wrong with his society, with his marriage, with himself? What is in those banned books that is so bad? When an accident on the job causes a book to fall into his hands, he decides to find out for himself. Seeking out the help of a now jobless professor of literature, he begins stealing, stashing, and reading books. Will he be able to change his society’s mind before it’s too late, or will everyone–even him–have to pay the ultimate sacrifice before the world realizes its mistakes?

I read this book about a year ago, and I have to say it is one of my favorites. Not only does it make you think, but the story is addicting and the novel is full of twists and turns.

How interesting was this novel? I’ll admit, this book isn’t something I’d see on a library shelf and go, “Oh, I should read that.” It was recommended to me by a teacher, and it was only after I started reading that I began to like it. The idea sounded interesting to me, but I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. However, it was definitely worth the read!!!

Score: 8

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How easy was this novel to read? The novel is well-written, but it was written in the seventies, and so some of the style, vocabulary, and sentence structure was a bit out-dated. It’s a lot like reading Little Women or Lord of the Rings; once you pick up on the style, it’s easy to understand, but at first you sort of have to decipher it. There were also long, descriptive sections, which got kind of boring after a while, but they were good in that they made sure you understood what was going on.

Score (remember, on this one 1 is the hardest and 10 is the easiest): 4

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How much did you like the characters? Guy was a cool character–he was curious, and throughout the book all of his actions are extremely human, so he’s not like some sort of robot the author created that always has a great reaction and always knows what to do. Some of the other characters are Guy’s wife, Mildred, who is a weak-minded, stubborn stereotype of their society; Guy’s boss, Captain Beatty, who is a total jerk; Clarisse McClellan, a teenage girl who is free-thinking and free-spirited; and Professor Faber, a fearful, cautious ex-professor of literature.

What I liked about the story is that it is told from Guy’s point of view (ha ha, I love his name) and he doesn’t like many of the people he works with. Ray Bradbury did a really good job at making us feel the same things as Guy, so that we disliked the people he disliked and we loved the people he loved. It makes me feel like I’m in the story, and like I know the characters personally.

Score: 9 (I’m taking points of because **cough cough** SPOILER: somebody dies)

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How much did you like the story itself? The story was very intriguing and well told, and the storyline was easy to follow and quick paced, so I didn’t get bored trying to read it. Guys, this book makes you think. Like, there’s this one section where Clarisse is talking about how the world just doesn’t care anymore and people are still humans on the outside, but they’ve stopped being humans inside and it’s just so BEAUTIFUL. It makes you want to go out and change the world when you finish.

Score: PERFECT 10

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How clean was the book? For the most part, the book was very clean. I can remember two or three times when there was a curse word. There was some violence (one suicide, an attempted suicide, and murder) but from what I can remember it doesn’t go into much detail. In fact, I think I was still trying to decipher that section so I wasn’t even sure what was going on XD.

Score: 7

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That all adds up to a final score of….*drumroll*…

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That’s a pretty high score!

****

Thanks for reading, and I hope to do some more book reviews so I can grow my list. Stay tuned for the next chapter of Supernova, which will be coming soon! XD

Smiles,

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