Book Review: Fahrenheit 451


Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

First line in the book: “It was a pleasure to burn.”

Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
My edition: Published by Voyager in 2004, with 211 pages
Age: Young Adult / Adult (Fits for adults or young adults who likes adult fiction)
Genres: Classics, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy

The plot sounded so amazing; I mean, a future where books are banned, what would people do in their spare time?


I started out confused, and I didn’t feel like I understood it better when I was finished, mainly the reason why it gets such a low score from me.Bradbury himself has said that the book is about how TV will rot your brain. Or at least that’s what is stated about the book because nobody got the message behind the book. So there you have it, TV will rot your brain. Because people think that it’s all about censorship and banning books, but it’s really not. It was interesting, I mean, the fact that in the future we’re burning books, we have firemen who do that as a living, and people are holding on to their books.


The writing is different from most things I’ve read before. It’s very lyrical in a way, it’s a tough book to read. I think that is one of the reasons why I found it kind of hard to get through, and not really that good. I need fast-pace reading, I need action and I need someone to tell me a story efficiently. This book just didn’t have that.


The main character is a puzzle to me, Montag isn’t really the kind of MC you’d like. He actually starts off as some kind of villain in my eyes. But then, he turns good, against all odds. He starts off as a fireman gleefully burning books, to someone who’s willing to risk his career, his marriage, his house and his life for the sake of books. There are other characters in this book, but I find them uninteresting, Montag is the character I want to know more about, and that’s okay. Because Montag is interesting as a character, but not interesting enough to carry the whole book on his shoulders.


The book is worthwhile reading if you like adult science fiction. It’s a good book, and I understand why it’s a classic, but for me, as a mostly YA reader, I find it boring and I lack the concentration to really understand it. I’ll probably re-read it one day, maybe when I’m “grown up”, but I don’t know if I’ll enjoy it, there’s just something that made me feel monotone about it, like I really didn’t care how it went.

Favorite quote: “We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?”



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