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“Fahrenheit 451″ by Ray Bradbury

In Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” the main character, Guy Montag, lives in a world where books are illegal. Not only is reading against the law, but firefighters’ job is not to put out fires, but to set books on fire. As a fireman himself, Montag starts to question the illegal nature of books after he sees a woman who would rather die than see her books torched. When Montag meets his new next-door neighbor, Clarisse, she helps him see a world where people think, talk and read rather than punch buttons and look at computer screens. When it comes to teaching teenagers the importance of reading and critical thinking, “Fahrenheit 451″ has some great lessons.

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10:15AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Excellent books. Other young adult spin-offs include Veronica Roth's Divergent series, Kiera Cass' Selection books, and of course, who could forget the Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card? Thanks.

2:49PM PDT on Oct 31, 2012

This isn't exactly a cause..

But it was still interesting to read!

12:32PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012

There was a book I read in University, well two of them, can't remeber what they were though. One was where a society was split in two, the women running the cities, and the men fought. As you read though it it seemed like the men were in control, but the end was actually quite a twist.
There was a second one about a race of beings who were living in a utopia. Then humans found them, and men found them quite attractive, to the point they tried to force themselves upon them. It ended up these being developed a defencive mechanisim whereby any man who slept with them died.

10:50PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

"Lois Lowry’s “The Giver” is a children’s book, but that doesn’t mean that teenagers won’t enjoy it"
Huh, The Giver was actually book of the month in a book club for teenagers I was in back in the 1990's. I was in my late teens when I read it for the first time, and I was blown away by it. It was the best book I had read at the time, and I didn't find it childish at all. Upon re-reading it in my early 30's, I can only say that it's still one of the best books I have read.
The sequels "gathering blue" and "messnger" aren't the same level. I'm looking forward to "Son" which will be published in October.

7:30PM PDT on Sep 21, 2012


3:41AM PDT on Sep 21, 2012

Citala sam,dobre su knjige, nisam bas ljubitelj limunada gdje
heroina spasava svijet.Da cemo doci u situaciju da se borimo za komad
hljeba to vjerujem.

8:40AM PDT on Sep 20, 2012

Thanks Donald T. for reminding me about "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess. If that isn't dystopian literature, then I don't know what is. But not sure I'd recommend it for youngsters. The book is actually difficult to read until you get used to the language Burgess used to write it in (lots of invented slang). The movie is not for the faint of heart (it includes explicit violence and sex) but every once in a while, I just have to watch it again.
The best speculative and sci-fiction writers make us think about what's already happening, and what "could" happen. So many predictions and speculations from great writers have come true.

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