1984 by George Orwell
Review by Diana Ho
1984, a classic written by famous author, George Orwell, is about a regular man living in dystopian England. He wrote this book in 1948, predicting what life would be like after the war and how there would be a huge division between Party members, who supported Big Brother (government) and the proletariats. The regular man’s name is Winston Smith; he lives an ordinary life in Oceania (England) but meets a young woman Julia. Together, they choose to rebel against the Party and join an underground organization called the Brotherhood. Though once they face the reality of the Brotherhood, they face huge consequences from Big Brother.
This book is one of my favorite novels of all time; it’s hard to understand but it makes you think critically and helps you understand human nature. It evokes emotions that you think you’d never have and keeps you waiting for more. It’s dark, but an extremely powerful book. In my opinion, I think I’d rate it a solid 10/10.
My favorite quote is, “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted, all else follows” (Orwell 77).