Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As a Librarian, I am someone whose life's mission it is to protect, organize, share, and critically assess information in all formats- the thought of a society in which books are outlawed turns my blood cold. However, if we aren't careful, it is a plausible reality. What happens if all information becomes digital and we lose the ability to preserve it in its original, unaltered form? That information could be tampered with to suit the needs of those in power. In Bradbury's novel, the government doesn't alter the information- it simply deprives society of the information completely. People are lulled into a supposedly blissful complacency which is subconsciously destroying them. This is a powerful novel and a testament to the sanctity of the written word and the necessary existence of libraries.