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Why Aldous Huxley's dystopian novel leaves songwriter Luke Roes baffled

The Ivory Hours frontman talks about his love for Brave New World.
Luke Roes says Aldous Huxley's dystopian sci-fi classic Brave New World strikes a chord with him.

Ivory Hours frontman Luke Roes loves to read dystopian novels, especially when it's Aldous Huxley's sci-fi classic Brave New World

I first read Brave New World when I was in university. Brave New World and 1984 — those are my favourite books. At the time, it terrified me. It made me very paranoid about this Big Brother concept. The interesting difference between 1984 and Brave New World is that in Brave New World there isn't that militant structure that forces people into their roles in society. Everybody tacitly goes along with it, which makes it seem all that more real and unavoidable. 

At first, I disagreed with the book entirely, but I reread it again this year. It's baffling that they could have imagined things like that — things that have turned out to be not exactly accurate, but accurate enough to make you say "woah."

Luke Roes's comments have been edited and condensed.