I recently read the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and was immediately intrigued by the way it portrayed the main character Montag. Montag was a fireman meant to burn books in order to keep the public “happy”. Montag connected with me personally because he knew what he wanted to accomplish but was unsure how or if it was worth it. His emotional conflict is what leads the book and seeing his confusion first hand makes it more real. This also connects with me because of recent events in U.S. politics where censorship is becoming more prevalent. I really enjoyed this book and am glad that I read it.
I had no idea what was going to happen throughout this book and would read it on my own time, which I haven’t done in quite a while. Once I got into the book I wanted to finish it. I was intrigued by the plot and was excited with the way the author seemed to go the opposite way I thought he would. I loved how I was always excited, I haven’t felt that in a while because all the other books I’ve read have all been for school, where I had to read a chapter then write something about it. I hadn’t had a good chance to get into a story for a while.
One aspect of the book that I was not as fond of was the ending. To me the ending seemed abrupt and that the story still had great potential. I also think that the escalation of events happened very slowly at the beginning. Some times Ray Bradbury would also write several pages of “detail” but to me it just read like filler. This made some chapters monotonous and I would have enjoyed the book more, overall, with less of those “ description rants” that he seemed to go on. I would suggest this book to anyone that is a fan of dystopian futures and internal conflict, but I feel most people will enjoy it.