Howard's End is the story of three families living in England at the beginning of the twentieth century. The struggling Basts, the wealthy Wilcoxes, and the immigrant Schlegel siblings form the narrative heart of the story. The story explores English morality and the rules of social interaction and stratification through the lenses of the members of the three families. The narrative sees the characters explore their own morality and learn to work functionally together.
Looking Backward: 2000-1887 is a science fiction book that criticizes the evils of American capitalism in the Gilded Age and argues for a socialist society of individualism and equality. The novel tells the story of Julian West, a man who falls into a hypnotic slumber and awakes in the year 2000. West meets a Dr. Leete, who shows him the new world, explaining the benefits of the state-owned economic system: reduction of menial labor, early retirement, individual freedom, abundance and equal distribution of wealth.
The Chocolate War is the story of Jerry Renault, a stoic loner, and Archie Costello, a scheming and cold-hearted teenager. Both are students at a prestigious Catholic high school ruled by a secret society of pranksters. They become embroiled in a feud when Archie uses Jerry in a prank involving the school's yearly chocolate fundraising drive. The novel proceeds to explore cliques, high school cruelty, and the fallibility of adult educators.