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Feb 04

Teens Review: Fahrenheit 451

Posted on February 4, 2019 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Title: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Reviewer: Raafat S.
Star Rating: 5 stars

Fahrenheit 451 CoverFahrenheit 451 is a book set in a future American society, the year 2053 to be exact, where books are outlawed and if any are found “firemen” will burn them. However, unlike the firefighters we have today, these “firemen” start the fire. We follow a third-generation “fireman” by the name of Guy Montag.

In the beginning of the story we learn that Guy is very proud of his job, but this all changes when he meets a young woman named Clarisse McClellan who asks Guy all these questions that no other fireman would answer. Some of the questions she asked were: Why do you do it? How long have you been a fireman?

She just wanted to learn, which was something that wasn’t very common for people to do in the novel. Her questioning also caused Guy to realize that thinking is always an option and he shouldn’t be against the idea. Later on in the story a tragic event happens to Guy (I’m not going to say to avoid spoilers) that takes a very strong mental toll on Guy. This event causes Guy to finally, truly think on his own and go against his fireman ways and change for good, but in the messed up futuristic society it’s dangerous to be different so Guy has to face the government.

This book is a science-fiction novel written in the third person limited omniscient. The reason that it got its name is because in the novel we learn it takes four hundred fifty one degrees to burn pages. The book is written very well with a strong flow that truly shows the author took his time. Even the characters are believable and react to events the same way that a regular person would. This novel is a good read for mature teenagers and adults, however, if you’re an emotional person I don’t recommend it to you due to the fact that the book causes you to go through an array of sad and twisted emotions. I would personally give this book five stars. I remember staying up till dawn just to finish it because it really keeps you attached. This is the best book written by Ray Bradbury in my opinion, even though this one went through a lot of controversy due to the fact that in the novel they even outlawed the Bible.

YCPL Readalikes

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman: In a future world where those between the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives "unwound" and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs—and, perhaps, save their own lives.
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld: Just before their sixteenth birthdays, when they will be transformed into beauties whose only job is to have a great time, Tally's best friend runs away and Tally must find her and turn her in, or never become pretty at all.