1984 by George Orwell


1984 is a dystopian novel written by famous George Orwell.  The setting is Airstrip One, which is modern-day London.  It is a part of the superstate 'Oceania'.  Oceania is in a perpetual war with the two other superstates: Eurasia and Eastasia.  There is also a hierarchy of people, where the main character, Winston, is in the middle class ("Outer Party").  This book is essential to read, so you can understand the many allusions to this book.  These are some words that Orwell has created and has been used in pop culture: Doublethink, Big Brother, Thoughtcrime.


“War is peace.
Freedom is slavery.
Ignorance is strength.”

If you like Anthem by Ayn Rand, you would definitely like 1984. This book has some very philosophical aspects deep down, but the surface has lots of action.  The warring supernations constantly launch rockets at each other, causing explosions throughout Airstrip One.  I would rate this book a 4/5 stars, because it can be hard to understand at times, but is very deep, and warrants multiple read-throughs.