Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

You can read about the background to this book here.

This is quite a strange book. Like 1984, it’s written about a possible future, and because that future is bad, it’s called a dystopia. Ray Bradbury wrote it really quickly, in just a few days, and you can sort of tell by the way it’s written that it was all written in one go. I read it quite quickly, too, and I think that’s the best way to read it. It’s not a long book, so you could probably read it in a day if you didn’t have to do anything else, or in a week if you have to go to school or work as well.

The book feels like a dream – there are parts of the book that really are dreams, but it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s a dream and what’s real. It’s like the main character is starting to question reality. The book tells the story of him rebelling against the Firemen by refusing to burn books, and then starting to discover a different way of looking at the world.  It’s also about how important it is to tell stories, and to remember stories and pass them on, because stories help us remember who we are and what matters.

I won’t tell you what happens in the end, otherwise it might spoil it, but actually the end isn’t really an end, it’s a beginning, and there is quite a lot of hope.