SciFi books have always interested me, but I had never heard of Aldous Huxley or his book Brave New World. A friend suggested it to me recently and since then many other people I know have read it and enjoyed it, so I figured it was just about time that I saw what was so unique about this book’s utopian future. Currently I am in chapter 6 of this book.
The introduction that Aldous Huxley has created in Brave New World is different from any other introduction that I’ve read before. There is a 3rd person point of view that while the entire world is slowly described, but never is there a first person point of view that states an opinion. The only information the reader finds out is what is slowly described to them while on a tour of the facility. It’s as if you are actually one of the students on the tour. After a few chapters I was able to figure out that the plot centers around the idea that Henry Ford set up a new type of system where the world is run more like a giant factory where humans are made in a lab and everyone is forced to be happy. For the first few chapters of the book, I had no idea who the main characters were. In fact, one of them wasn’t even introduced until 3 chapters into the book, and even then it was only in passing.
Now it seems clear that Lenina and Bernard are the main characters, but the first few chapters of the book only focused on setting up the Utopian world. Once it was clearer who were going to be the focus characters of the book, Aldous Huxley does something else with his writing that I’ve never seen before, which was swapping between scenes while only using a short paragraph or a sentence to describe what was going on in each scene. It created a sense of urgency in the reading, a sense of overlapping where everything in that world was connected and happening in a designated way. It helps the reader to create a sense of how this world runs in an orderly and controlled fashion, but there was also a change coming when looking at Bernard and Lenina’s thoughts and choices that were against the norm. Without explicitly saying it, Huxley was able to show the sort of change that was coming to this closely controlled world.