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This is apparently one of the classics of modern literature, and came very highly recommended.
My personal reaction to it was that the premise was interesting, but the characterization left something to be desired. It isn’t until about the third or fourth chapter that the character most identifiable is introduced, and even then, he’s not concentrated on until much later in the book. The second chapter introduces the other character who’s somewhat fleshed out, but I found him lacking in interest and somewhat repulsive in character.
While the basic plot was intriguing and, considering the time it was written, a fascinating view of the future — the book was a bit of a slog due to the fact that Huxley didn’t write characters I could care about on a personal level. It was a very draining and demoralizing read overall, and I kind of felt like they were so utterly unlikeable that they almost deserved their situation, and then I felt embarrassed and petty for wishing that level of misfortune on someone for being unlikeable.