Monday, January 24, 2011 | By: Jason

1984 (Book Review)

Review of 1984 by George Orwell

"If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that even, it never happened—that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death."
- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 3 


After such a bad experience reading “The Giver,” a decision was made to go back and finally read “1984.” The Giver left this reader hungry for a good dystopian book and I must say that 1984 filled that void. "1984" is a masterpiece and very well constructed. This is a mind-mending book that will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. Not trying to connect the dots of the characters world and your own is impossible after being pulled into this written world. 

The big plus about this book was that the characters keep their human nature intact. Although they face so many challenges that tend to bend truth and reality. Many other dystopian books tend to recreate humanity to fit into the story line; however, in “1984” the author does a great job to keep the human side safe in the main character. 
How much can a person take when everywhere you turn seems to lead to a dead end? A great journey in a world of chaos with Winston Smith who faces many challenges and might go insane as he tried to get through them. 

Sit back, read, and enjoy this book as much as I did. 

Character development:

George Orwell” Does a great job in developing his characters. The best books written are the ones that pull you into the story and make you feel the same emotions that the characters feel. “1984” does just that. 


The plot is full of many turns that challenge the characters as well as your mind. Guessing what happens next is a challenge, a big plus. 


The setting is incredibly shocking. A world so disfuntional yet organized, that is meant for the better of society. However, a deeper agenda involved is hurting the overall population. 

Book Flow:
The book flow varies from chapter to chapter. Some chapters will flow faster then others. The last third of the book will slow down a bit as the author puts all the pieces of the puzzle together. 

4 out of 5 Stars

Recommended to all Readers 


Stephanie said...

Totally agree with your review. For me, I usually think that classics are overrated but this is one classic that lives up to the hype.

Bill said...

One of my favourite books. I think one of my favourite parts was the Newspeak Dictionary at the end.

Book_Sniper said...

Thanks for the comments Stephanie and Bill. It was truly a great book, and the Newspeak dictionary was very interesting to say the least.

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

This is a book I definitely want to read some day!

Anonymous said...

Oooh Sounds like a great book! I need to add it to my TRB...

TheBookGirl said...

This is one of the books that I remember having to read in high school that I really liked. What's odd about that is now, as an adult, I rarely read science fiction/dystopian literature...

Book_Sniper said...

@BookGirl, I know what you mean, The Giver started my interest again in dystopian writings.. But The Giver can not compare to 1984 :)

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