by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell is a classic dystopian novel that enthralls readers and depicts the control the government has over the citizens. This novel takes place in a futuristic (or was futuristic when it was originally written) society where the citizens are unable to have any sense of individuality or expression, especially if their expressions are seen as rebelling against Big Brother, which is the name of their figurehead in the government.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it sparked a further inquiry into some of the themes such as propaganda, restricted thoughts and freedoms and totalitarianism. I thought this book was a very interesting way to expose the real problems we have in our government and the dangers that can accompany a totalitarian dictatorship. In saying this, it is also a timeless book as it reflects some types of government control seen across the world. Overall, 1984 is a classic that is not as difficult to read as some others written many years ago. There were also very few boring or confusing parts that I couldn’t figure out. The only negative point I have for this book is that it is very pessimistic almost entirely throughout the book, which usually, as a personal preference, is not the type of novel I would normally enjoy, although this one kept me captivated throughout. Orwell has a truly unique and interesting style of writing, as this book was so beautifully written and is definitely one of my all-time favourite books.
Reviewed by Elaisa P.