War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. Big Brother is always watching you. In a world where the government controls everything, including your speech and thoughts, a man risks everything to follow his heart and embark on a forbidden romance with a woman.

Discover the quintessential dystopian future of 1984. This powerful, thought provoking book will change your life. It is simply a must read for everyone, young and old.

1984 by George Orwell


Author: George Orwell

Paperback: 304 pages

Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

The world of this dystopian future is divided into three superpowers: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. The three are in a constant state of war, fighting with one and being an ally to the other. But who they are fighting seems to change randomly and without notice. One minute Oceania is fighting with Eurasia. The next they were always fighting with Eastasia. The overbearing Big Brother government is constantly watching everything everyone says or does. There are spies hidden everywhere to report you to the Thought Police. If you are accused, they show up in the middle of the night to take you away. There is no trial. You simply disappear, including any history of you.

The story follows a middle-aged man named Winston. He is miserable, living alone in a small apartment in a rundown building. A member of the single political party, he works a steady job in the Ministry of Truth. A cog in the government machine, his job is to help control the minds of the people. He takes old newspapers and rewrites the articles so that they fit the current political narrative. Each time he finishes changing the recorded history, the old article is dropped down the memory hole to be forgotten in all official records forever. For as he learns, whoever controls the past, controls and future. And whoever controls the present, controls the past.

Winston is increasingly bothered by the constant surveillance and lack of freedom. But he is trapped and uninspired. That is until a young, female coworker reveals her secret love for him. She sparks rebellion in his heart and they begin a forbidden love affair. They struggle past guards and checkpoints to have secret meetings outside of the city. They find a quiet hotel where they can meet in private. But the eyes of Big Brother are everywhere and they are soon discovered. That’s when Winston finds out the hard way the terrible lengths that the government is willing to do to control your mind.

I absolutely loved this breathtaking, classic novel. Brilliantly written, it will capture your imagination and sit with you long after you read it. I especially loved learning about the long history of how this dystopian world came to be. It will open your eyes to the world we live in today.

Be sure to read my other reviews of books by George Orwell:

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