Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

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Fahrenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

Year: 1953

Famous for: A psychotic mechanical dog, a flamingly-obvious message about censorship.

Main character: Guy Montag, a book-burning-turned-book-loving fireman who dares to challenge the status quo in his twisted, futuristic society.

The scoop:

Guy Montag is no ordinary fireman. Then again, his society in Fahrenheit 451 is no ordinary society. In Montag’s world, books are banned, and Montag’s job is to start fires, not to stop them—to burn any remaining books, and the houses that hold them.

But being around all those books is starting to have a reverse effect on Montag. He wants to know what’s inside the books—and what the world might be like if some of that forbidden knowledge was actually put to use.

Will Montag risk everything—his wife, his career, his life—for literature? Of course he will. And it’s precisely Montag’s choices regarding banned books that resulted in Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel about censorship ending up on the banned books list itself.