Wayne posted a review at 2009-08-16 12:04:50.
This is a great book set in the future. Although written in 1932, its ideas are getting more mainstream, and disturbingly closer to how things are getting with genetic engineering possibilities.
With State operated mass-production of Fertilisation of the entire population, genetic engineering, & conditioning, clinically in containers in the Central London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre, the populations lives are pre-conditioned and pre-determined. (Similar to how the Clone Armies were manufactured in Star Wars).
The story then has parallels to Orwell's 1984, with a story of love against an oppressive regime backdrop, even with meeting the head of the society.
Then, again in a parallel to 1984, the character we are following struggles to survive comes to terms with where he now is in his life, then we move to how he deals with his media exposure.
This part of the story also seems curiously relevant to today's society with parallels to the cult of media personality gossip and worship.
With the planned movie version in the works, I can see how this could well the ideal as a movie for todays society.
This is an interesting story, but a bit disjointed in places.