1984

by George Orwell

4.62 avg rating
Book 4 of 241 in the Best Science Fiction Books
1316 votes 8 comments

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Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

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8 comments
Anonymous | 2013-02-01 06:57:16
Best dystopia ever. one that\'s come true
Anonymous | 2013-12-29 12:19:11
the date is not predicted time of this society forming, it was an arbitrary choice simply based on flipping the current date when Orwell started writing the book, so 1948 became 1984.
Anonymous | 2014-10-03 08:19:27
Divergent on steroids :)
Anonymous | 2014-10-08 04:23:33
Terrible
Anonymous | 2015-01-21 10:23:06
Visionary.
Anonymous | 2015-07-23 07:31:56
Outstanding classic work
marie ann | 2015-12-26 07:52:46
So dark. So lonely. Understandable. Something to think about. Not an action adventure novel. Read this so very long ago in high school. We live like sheep, following one another now. And leave your trail everywhere. Good book.
Anonymous | 2016-04-16 08:23:16
Fantastic and well written. It's surprisingly relative today, although slightly outdated. A mandatory read for everybody. Plot and story is weak, but the message the book portrays is the most important, perhaps of all time. If you're looking for character devlopment, it's not there. But still, a perfect book.
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