My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Short version: Good book, but I think I preferred 1984.
Longer version: Reading books that aimed to predict the evolution of society in present day are always a treat… especially when they hit close to the mark. 1984 hits closer to home for me than Brave New World primarily for the Newspeak concept and how quickly I apply it to the degradation of language thanks to the Internet. That’s not to say that BNW isn’t a great book – just my preference.
The idea of a drug induced society staying hopped up on Soma does present a fairly accurate image of today’s society concepts, though. Instead of drugs, the modern world plays into constantly attempting happiness through artificial means (like video games) instead of actual real world accomplishments.
Or – they just use drugs: Xanax, Valium, etc.
Glad to have reread it in today’s day and age.