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A classic SF/dystopian world view story, but it seems incompletely explored..
on 7 March 2016
This is a book that is considered a classic of the SF/dystopian future world genre. It is always slightly awkward criticising such a 'classic' but the reader will naturally come to this with high expectations. The concept behind the story is interesting and in many ways we can see some predictive elements of the story becoming close to reality; the increasing reliance on TV and technology for mass entertainment at the expense of more cultural and intellectual pursuits. The gives the story prescience.
However, as the Afterward section by Ray Bradbury details this short novel comes from the evolution of what was originally a short story, and it very much shows. The dystopian world is never really fleshed-out, the characterisation is a bit superficial, and the catastrophic war which erupts at the finale is never explained in any detail. As such, the story is built around a single concept which seems to be incompletely explored. I'm pleased to have read it, but for me it didn't quite fulfil expectations.