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Social Commentary and Social Issues:

    George Orwell
    Somewhat of a downer, Orwell paints a picture of society in 1984 England. In this society, history books are rewritten to suit the ruling class and maintain power.

    Animal Farm
    George Orwell
    Based on a communal farm where all animals are created equal. It's just that some animals are more equal than others. Some interesting commentary on how power corrupts and creates an animal hierarchical class based society.

    Brave New World
    Aldous Huxley
    Huxley offers an insight into a Utopian state where people worship Henry Ford and children are conditioned--or should we say programmed--to behave a certain way. Again, not the happiest book in the world but it sure got me to think.

    The Catcher in the Rye
    J.D. Salinger
    Holden Caulfield is pretty much your cynical teenager. We highly recommend this read to anyone who has ever felt that they didn't fit in.

    Fahrenheit 451
    Ray Bradbury
    This work of science fiction is about a world in the future where firefighters set fire to banned books. It's a haunting look at a society that does not value intellectual freedom.

    Lord of the Flies
    William Gerald Golding
    A group of English schoolboys are left stranded on a deserted island after their plane crashes. Traces of modern civilization are gone. The result is a blurring of the line between human reason and rule by force.


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