Welcome to the 30 Books Before 30 Challenge! I have concucted a list of 30 books to read before I turn 30 in my last year of my 20s. There’s some classics, some fiction literature, some fantasy titles I must read and more. It’ll be a fun time and I’m curious to see how I like each title. I’ll be posting my reviews for all of them under the 30 Before 30 page so you can follow along. If you’ve read any of them I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments 🙂
Check out all my thoughts on Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury!
“How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”
Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television ‘family’. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.
When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
I had initially given this book a 5 star rating but after I had time to think about it I knocked it down to 4 because there was something awkward about the writing for me. Just a bit choppy and almost as if it wasn’t edited. However the themes in this book are so on point I was yelling things like “YES” and “SO TRUE” several times throughout the read.
While I see similarities between Bradbury’s vision of the future and today’s society 50 years later I do see positives as well. Technology has brought people together. As an immigrant I am able to communicate with family across the sea and feel closer to them. I have made friends off bookstagram I never would’ve imagined to make without technology. Although this book is grim we have to remember that’s not all the future holds.
That being said it is important to point out that instead of being surrounded by large screens everywhere we look we’re instead surrounded by small screens that we cannot escape. They don’t need to install chips into our arms people we carry them with us wherever we go in the form of our phones.
So glad I finally read this book and that I added it to my 30 Before 30.