Social Commentary and Social Issues:
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.
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.
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.
Catcher in the Rye
Holden Caulfield is pretty much your cynical teenager. We highly
recommend this read to anyone who has ever felt that they didn't
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.
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