This dystopian novel is appropriate and should be read by those of all ages. I do not want to give too much away, so I will make this short and sweet.
The protagonist: a firefighter.
Now I know what you are thinking, firefighters put out fires and save lives. However, in this backwards world set in the distant future they instigate fires in order to burn books, and even end up killing people occasionally along the way. Montag, the firefighter, has little concept of the wrongs he is committing, and has little to no knowledge of what a book even is. All he knows is that books are illegal in this dystopian society.
Montag lives in a society where thinking is something no one does and people walk around like zombies without feeling. They watch TV and go on "joy rides" in their cars in order to feel anything at all. When Montag meets a 17 year old girl names Clarisse, his eyes are opened to the world around him and the events to follow are that of a thriller (to me at least).
In today's society where people are constantly absorbed in their screens, this book is more than applicable. We go about our lives in our screens with little thought to the world around us, turning into zombies without emotions or original thought, just like in the novel. This cautionary tale about the loss of knowledge and human curiosity is one that is just as applicable as it was when Bradbury wrote it.
I suggest this quick read to those of all ages. Even if someone young does not have the deeper understanding of the book yet, I think that it is a book one can reread (I know I will).
Enjoy and happy holidays :)