Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Reviewed by E. Mankowski, September 2019

First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, is a dystopian novel featuring a world where books are illegal, and firemen are charged with burning any books that are found. Fahrenheit 451, depicting a world where books are banned, met the same fate in 1967 when it became controversial due to language; as well as the fact that The Bible was included amongst the books that were destroyed.  The book presents a variety of disputed themes, including the dangers of conformity, dependence on technology, and suicide. The book also challenges a reader’s beliefs, and forces them to truly consider their stance on the themes that are depicted throughout the novel. The novel is important for readers of a high school age as it portrays a view of what current society may yet result in, thus serving as a warning to avoid similar actions in modern civilization.