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 4, 2013)
Grade: B+    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 50% Literature, 50% Entertainment
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Writing Quality:
Low High
Originality:
Low High

Addictiveness:
Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Re-readability:
Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Comment:
This book is popular among those who don't normally read science fiction because it seems more 'speculative' rather than 'science-y'. It is often studied in combination with Huxley's "A Brave New World" for their contrasting implementations of social control (the carrot vs. the stick). 1984's ominous predictions of government's methods of controlling populations is still scary. Its continued popularity speaks directly of our fear of autocracy and fascism.  (+14 votes)