‘We’re Heading This Way’
I have finally got around to this. The book has been sitting in my to-read pile for years, my occasional scanning of the first few pages putting me off, having me pick up something more readable instead.
My first impression: why on earth would you give away the ending in the Introduction? This edition has an introduction written by, erm, someone or other in the 1990s. (I’d check but I’m still annoyed at the whole thing.) And in that introduction, he gives away the ending.
It’s effectively an introduction to the book that depends on you having already read the book before reading the introduction.
This makes no sense to me.
But, the book itself: the characters aren’t great - they’re a bit thin, not very fleshed out. Especially the women. For a book written in the 1930s that’s probably not surprising. The plot isn’t that great either, depending as it does on implausible coincidence.
But what’s important, I suppose, is the setting. What does this view of the future say about us then, and about us now? Here’s where it hits its mark. I’m not going to explain the themes and setting here - if you want to find out what what Corey Doctorow meant by ‘Huxleyed Into The Full Orwell’, read it yourself!