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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a novel set in a dystopian society where people are forbidden from reading books.

The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman, but he isn’t your typical fireman; the firemen of this society start the fires instead of putting them out. These firemen go around the city and burn down houses that are discovered to have books stored inside.  

In the beginning of the novel, Montag takes great pride in what he does and he is ignorant of how his actions are affecting society, but all of this changes after meeting his unusual, teenage neighbor Clarisse. Clarisse makes him reconsider all that he has done as a firemen; she makes him question the life he has led following the status quo.

What I love most about this story is that it shows the importance of not following what society dictates. In Montag’s case, society told him not to read, but they never said why the people shouldn’t read. People tend to go along with what society says, but this book shows why one shouldn’t.

The people in this society were ignorant, selfish, and indifferent; they never wondered why they weren’t allowed to read books and they didn’t care. They didn’t realize that their society was falling apart because no one was reading.  

If you want to read a book that will make you question the type of life you’re living, I highly recommend reading this book.

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