Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is a young adult science fiction novel written in 1950. The main character Guy Montag is a fireman. However, being a fireman in this book is different than being a fireman now. In this book, a fireman is someone who burns down houses that contain books. One day he meets a girl named Clarisse. She is not like most people, but Montag accepts her. She likes to think about the meaning of life and why things are the way that they are. Everyone else just watches television instead of using their brains to think about anything. Guy starts thinking as well. At one point, he had stolen some books because he was curious about what books contained. He hid them in his house because he would be arrested and have his house burned down with the books in it. Mr. Montag wants to read the books that he stole. Unfortunately, the fire chief finds out that Guy has books. That makes Montag have to run for his life. Eventually, he finds a group of wanderers who live a nomadic lifestyle. Each of them have parts of books memorized so that they can keep famous literature from dying out completely. This group of people have memorized books so that they won’t get arrested for owning books. The book ends with the hope that owning books will be legal again, and the wanderers can write down literature to stop it from disappearing forever.
I enjoyed reading this book very much. It was action packed and exciting when Montag was running from the police. I would give it a five-star rating for science fiction. What I thought was unique about this book was that it had many good quotes. One of them was “‘I don’t talk things, sir,’ said Faber. ‘I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I’m alive.’” (page 75.) Another quote was “Those who don’t build must burn.” (page 89.) What I find impressive is how he was, in a way, able to predict the future. Today, we don’t read as much traditional literature as we used to. We are also starting to get addicted to electronics, as Mr. Bradbury described in this book.