What the book is about...
My initial expectations...
Never have I come across a classic novel with better detail than this. I've always had a bit of trouble understanding the metaphors of classic authors. Thankfully, Bradbury managed to paint a flawless picture. It felt as if I was experiencing the story through Guy Montag's eyes, and not just watching from afar.
What I didn't like about the book...
I perfectly understand that this book is supposed to set in a dystopian world. However, that doesn't excuse the lack of logic that appears sporadically throughout the plot. The background to the setting was what annoyed me the most. While on one page it is stated that book burning has being going on centuries, other claims make it seem like its only been going on for a few decades at most. None of it made sense.
Additionally, you can't just duck and cover to escape the force of an atomic bomb only a few kilometers away. That's just common sense.
My overall thoughts...
Have you ever read a book which, once finished, left you with a profound new view of yourself and your place in society? For me, this was one of those books. The last time I felt so moved by a book was when I read Perks of Being a Wallflower in 9th grade (about 4 years ago).
Sure, the books in between have been enjoyable to say the least. However, no matter how good the books were, no matter how much they made me cry or laugh, they never changed the way I saw the world, myself or others.
To be honest, I haven't yet figured out how exactly this book has changed me. That's okay though because revelations don't come instantly.
In conclusion, while the characters and plot weren't fantastic, the message they carried sure was.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads!
Would I recommend it to anyone? Yes. Go read this if you haven't already.
Would I read it again? Yes, I think I would. (I've already read this 3 times since February).
Check it out on Goodreads!