1984, by George Orwell

You can read about the background to this book here.

First of all, I should tell you that this is not really a book for children. It has some ‘naughty bits’ as well as some scary bits and some violence. Also, the story is one that would be more for adults or maybe teenagers. But I thought it was amazing and this is why:

  1. The story really builds up, and you are always wondering what will happen next.
  2. You end up really wanting the main character, Winston, to be a hero and to keep up his rebellion.  He’s not exactly a character that you like, and he’s not like a normal hero, and that makes you want him to succeed all the more.
  3. You don’t know who to trust, so you start to suspect everyone – it’s quite tense, and gets into your head even at times when you’re not reading.
  4. It’s really well written. There aren’t lots of complicated words, but the descriptions make you feel like you’re actually there.
  5. It’s about things that matter, like truth, and justice, and peace.
  6. It explains where ideas like Big Brother and Room 101 come from – most people don’t know that.
  7. It was written quite a long time ago, but the author was almost seeing the future, when he wrote about how everyone is being watched all the time. It makes you wonder how much the real world is like the world in the book but just better hidden.

The only bits I didn’t like were when they were reading ‘The Book’ and it was just about politics. But you can skip over those parts if you want to.