In 1984, London is a grim city where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be.

October 17, 1949  |  668 pages
(Rated on Sep 3, 2013)
Grade: A–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 90% Literature, 10% Entertainment
Writing Quality:
Low High
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Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

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Sequel Potential:
Low High
As I told my significant other recently, 1984 is a distinctly "un-fun" read. It's not enjoyable in the traditional sense; as you move through the novel, it fills you with a deep sense of unease and disquiet. Having said that, I feel like this book is a *must read* for everyone. The issues of freedom, government, and technology that the book addresses have real-world pertinence, and it offers a distinct and viable critique of modern society. I still don't like it as much as Brave New World.  (+22 votes)