The article, “The Children Who Grow Up in ‘Book Deserts’” and the novel, “Fahrenheit 451” both explore the element of a dystopian world through information, independent thought, and freedom being restricted. The children and people in the novel are punished for reading books and brainwashed into thinking that books don’t tell you anything and complicate human life. “What traitors books can be!” stated Captain Beatty (pg 107) In the society Bradbury created in his book, everyone fears that books are traitors and they live in ignorance of the truth beyond what the government tries to tell them using propaganda. The citizens in “Fahrenheit 451” cannot live up to their potential with the lack of knowledge and critical thinking they would receive from books but cannot access because of the restriction to information placed on them. In “The Children Who Grow Up in ‘Book Deserts’” children in poverty stricken areas don’t have access to books in their lives until they reach school which gives them extreme disadvantages in their academic career. An important question asked by Neuman, the author of the article, “How do you become literate when there are no available resources?” Not having access to books allows kids to grow up with little critical thinking and leads them to struggles in their future. In poverty stricken areas, the children are forced to live in ignorance from the lack of resources they have just like the citizens in the novel. The children in these areas are confined from knowledge, independent thought, and freedom.