Written in 1953 and STILL a Draw for Today's Teens

Summary:

In this dystopian version of America, books and literature are prohibited. All of humanity is controlled by a government that prohibits free speech. Anyone caught in possession of these materials will be hunted down and executed.

Guy Montag is a "fireman," whose job it to burn any books that the government finds. As he continues to go on these raids, Guy begins to question himself and what is happening. Eventually, with the help of a friend he takes some forbidden books and run s away. The police chase him, and he is left for dead, in a river. Guy climbs out of the river and escapes. He meets a band of “book revolutionaries” trying to keep literature alive. After the government bombs the city, the group are among the few left to survive the nuclear blast. The book ends with them deciding what the next step will be.

BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
Fahrenheit 451 was a great read for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it all the way through. The story is brilliant in terms of character development and plot. Guy Montag shifts from being a cold-blooded book burner to someone trying to keep literature alive. The plot and hidden-but-not-so-hidden message is very meaningful. He wrote the book in 1953, yet it still addresses a large problem that remains today. Bradbury addresses many of the current fears in our society, such as suppression of free speech and limited access to information. What I disliked, though, was what felt like the very rushed ending. The rest of the novel progresses steadily, but the ending came suddenly. I would have liked to have a more satisfying conclusion, and for that reason, I give it 4 stars.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a must-read for anyone (teen and older) who like books that address timeless social issues. The characters are exceptional and readers are quickly immersed in Guy's world.

Content Awareness Factors:

Despite the lower reading level, this book is for teens in high school and young adults (or older). In addition to arson, people are murdered (burned in their homes).


Type of Book:
This is a classic, award-winning science fiction novel that appeals to teens, young adults, and adults.
Educational Themes:

The underlying theme of the book pushes readers to think about censorship, free exchange of ideas, and by extension, intellectualism. There is an exceptional book club-like discussion guide on the Lit Lovers website.

Reading Level:
5.2
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
15 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow if you love science fiction.

Title Fahrenheit 451
Author Ray Bradbury
Publisher Simon & Schuster © 2012
ISBN 9781451673319
Material Hard Cover
Cost $15.99
Genres Children's Classics, Science Fiction, Social Issues

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