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Publisher: Dramatic Publishing
Montag is a fireman who is employed to burn books and set fire to any house where books are found. He succumbs to the temptation to read but when he is discovered a nightmare hunt begins.
A genuine classic and my top book of all time. Books are banned in this dystopian world and it's the job of The Firemen to destroy any they find by burning them. Themes about censorship by the state and resistance as well as the value of literature in general, powerfully and memorably told.
Yeah, I still love this book a lot. Possibly because it's just an adult version of The Giver but I'm honestly not mad about that. It makes me happy to reread a book I had to read in high school and to love it just as much.
Plot: 5/5 - I think this story is just excellent, and also very important. In the dystopian future of Fahrenheit 451 firefighters do not put out fires but they ignite them- in order to burn books, which are illegal to possess. The story centers around one such firefighter who is, in a sense, awakened to the wonders of books and yearns to think for himself and live a life with meaning. It is, of course, also a scathing social commentary, perhaps even more so now than when it was originally published in 1953.
Characters: 4/5 - Were I not a petty person this book would get a perfect five stars from me. But alas, I am not, and the characters section loses a star simply because Beatty annoys the hell out of me. Every other character in this book- Montag, his wife Mildred, Faber, Clarisse (who has been my favorite since my first read and honestly.... Luna Lovegood before Luna Lovegood was a thing??) all bring something to this story that I enjoy, either in terms of characterization or what they do for the plot. Beatty is the antagonist and I not mad at him for doing his job. I just HATE HOW HE SPEAKS INCESSANTLY IN QUOTES. WHY DO YOU EVEN KNOW ALL OF THESE QUOTES, YOU HYPOCRITE??? It's like he's the genie from Aladdin but instead of being helpful and funny he's ANNOYING AND THE WORST.
Pacing: 5/5 - It's great. Honestly it's a pretty short book, it would be embarrassing if the pacing lost points. You're never wanting for action, really. I think the beginning is simple enough to give you a feel for the world, and then after Guy meets Clarisse there's all kinds of stuff happening.
Writing: 5/5 - It's so beautiful. Honestly I didn't even remember the writing standing out to me when I was younger, but during this reread there were so many quotes that stood out to me. Nothing ever gets pretentious or too metaphorical, but the phrasing is so lovely and you just want the words to stick with you. And given the message of this book, that's kind of the most important thing. (Just surpised myself with that truth bomb omg).
Enjoyment: 5/5 - I love this story. I love it a lot. I don't know what more there is to say because, as previously stated, this is basically the more grown-up precursor to The Giver, which is unofficially my favorite book of all time, so that's that.