A Reader posted a review at 2009-10-02 08:07:06.
This one deals, as many of you might already know, deals with the idea of utopias, and the prices that must be paid to make them work. Unlike the models where everyone is suppressed by commands from on high, this one deals with everyone being allowed to do whatever and whomever they want. Only one catch is that from before birth they have been programmed to fit in a certain caste system and have very childlike desires and to deal with their problems with the use of the perfect drug, soma. Anyone who shows too much individuality is sent to islands. Society functions because everyone has been brainwashed into consuming large amounts to travel and watch brainless movies and play complicated sports. Everything is new and clean. Into this utopia gets dropped a Savage, a remnant of pre-utopia Native American society, an outcast who was born from a utopian citizen who gets injured and lost on holiday visiting the savage reservation. He doesn't fit in to the Native American society, and he soon finds out that he fits in even less in the Brave New World. As with some of the earlier books the writing is light and quick. It's a nice social commentary that has a bit of resonance with todays ills as far as the economic crisis. There are many references late in the book to Shakespear that are worked in nicely as the Savage learned to read with that collection.