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1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.
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  • Theresa Taylor
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Wow! Such an intriguing book! I am about to read it -- and all I can think is, "this will be amazing!" I don't know if it will end in freedom or tragedy. But it will be an intensely great read. I'm hoping for freedom. "
  • Gilberto Luna
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "In today's environment of SOPA and the government forcing the encryption right off our phones, 1984 is even more relevant. I've read this front to back so many times, and it's not enough. I need to be warned daily, that you can't trust the powers that are in charge; you'll only end up with a cage around your face filled with hungry rats."
  • Nicolás Alonso
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you're a guy, then you must read this! Well anyone and everyone should read this really, its like a instant classic and everyone can learn from it."
  • Jennifer Coleman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "How often is it that a book written decades in the past still can ring true now? And probably will even more in the future. Amazing story and writing, it should be a required read for everyone."
  • Eric Crawford
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "this is probably his best book"
  • Jenny Zhou
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Absolute classic. Ages frighteningly well, given today's political climate. Everyone should read this at least once in their life."
  • Chirag Verma
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I have just finished reading *1984*. It is not quite accurate to say that I re-read it, as I could not finish the book before, could not make it through the torture scene many years ago. Now, for the first time, I have read the book entire. "
  • Philip Chapman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "1984 is a strange book to read since its a prophecy about the future but written over 60 years ago. It is still one of the coolest visions for a alternative reality where a dystopian government is in charge. If you look at social credit system in China today his prediction was almost right on. "
  • George Johnston
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "A book like 1984 really opens eyes and allows children to think outside the box. It helps teach people that things aren't always as they seem. Out of the list of required reading for students, this should definitely be considered a top five."
  • Harry Mitchell
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "Fiction Books is a very broad subject. The solution of 1984, a classic actually written about 1950, provided only a single named book as opposed to bringing me to a wider selection of a collection of Fiction books. In addition although the solution link brought me to specifically the paperback book for 1984 there were no ebook solutions or audio solutions. I still am of the opinion that a solution would have been better to be an overall collection of Fiction books instead of a single title. "
    Aaradhya Tata
    Written on June 14, 2017
    "1984 is a classic for a reason, though it's become startlingly more relevant every day. The grabs for power, narrative control and outright lying are eerily reminiscent of our world today. George Orwell has written a timeless masterpiece with 1984!"
    Ralph Morris
    Written on January 4, 2017
    "1984 is a brilliant novel predicting what may happen in the future. He wrote this novel in 1948 and reversed the 2 digits, however, this brilliant novel becomes more and more relevant as time moves on."
  • Brenda Jacobs
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "classic, among the best"
  • Sharon Bradley
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "George Orwell always has the best stories when it comes to hard reality and past times. This one is about a tyrannical government and everything that it is supposed to be our future society. This is a kind of description of the future events that our society will bring."
  • Jessica Gardner
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Orwell's 1984 is a book everyone knows about. Dystopian societies help us learn more about what could go wrong."
  • Terry Wagner
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "One of the best books of it's era. "
  • Diana Parker
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "1984 is a classic book that is still relevant today. I'vc read it multiple times."
  • Keith Wilson
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "What a pretty extraordinary and mesmerizing book. It reminded me of how much the government wants to control us. This novel brought to light some of the events that are going on in present day time due to a government that is always scheming. "
  • Hugo Navarro
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I love anything that has to do with different topics that aren't likely to happen. 1984 is a great book by George Orwell about people who live under the government and are always watched. It's a really good dystopian book and I couldn't put it down. "
  • Arjun Chattopadhyay
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Orwell is a classic writer and has written some of the best dystopian style books in existence. I was looking for a gateway to this genre and this delivered. There is nothing to be said that hasn't been said already about Orwell's works. A true masterpiece. "
  • Jerry Mendoza
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "this is a must read for all involved in reading"
  • Shreya Jaiteley
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "I consider 1984 to be an American classic. It's not the most high-brow book ever written; it's plot becomes somewhat obvious from the beginning. It is, however, a compelling read with many real-life implications. The connections that can be drawn between 1984 and today's society are mind-blowing! This is a great book for anyone from high schoolers to seasoned readers. "
  • Larry Anderson
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you're looking for one of the best books about totalitarianism, then look no further than "1984". This quintessential classic is a must read. To this day, it provides a foreshadowing of the ills of technological advancement when combined with relentless ruling."
  • Ann Pierce
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This book is a classic and required reading for many for a reason - it's really good, and it's messages are important (but often misunderstood). Anyone who hasn't read it yet really should, the story is compelling and the message will stay with you long after."
  • Kathy Hawkins
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is not a depressing book. It's more sobering. Some of these things that they deal with can be seen as becoming more and more normal."
  • Jack Cole
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Love this idea very good topic that many would enjoy "
  • Teresa Burton
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This gives a good look into the 1984 government and how society was and might be in the future. This looks interesting and for the price, I would def add to my kindle on my phone. I typically am not interested in these types of novels, but this looks as though its a great read."
  • Amy Chavez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "1984 is a classic novel that I enjoy very much. George Orwell brings us the story of Winston Smith who is living under the rules of Big Brother. Many find this a shocking portrayal of a possible future society. "
  • Carol Welch
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "1984 by George Orwell would make and excellent choice if you are looking for a book that contains politics. It is a story of a man and how he sees his future turning out living under the tyrannical government. "
  • Diana Shaw
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "This is a great sci-fi book and seems more relevant than ever in the times we live in. It's well-written and chilling, but something that I could completely see happening now. Great reminder to take a deeper look at democracy! "
  • Devansh Mehta
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "1984 is an all time classic by George Orwell. I first read this book in high school and found it to be extremely enlightening. Each time I read it, I find something else that I hadn't noticed before. This is a classic that should be read by everyone."
  • Timothy Moore
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "Terrifying, enlightening, amazing...all of these words come to mind when I describe 1984. One of the great dystopian novels by THE dystopian author and thinker. He was way ahead of his time and when I look at the world today and think of this book I get even more scared."
  • Xiang Qiao
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "A great read. Depressing as heck, but relevant. I've read it three or four times since I was a kid. It seems to get more true each time I pick it up. We are being watched. We are being lied to. We are oppressed. Let's just hop our fates are not as bad as poor Winston and his eventual love of Big Brother."
  • Emma Silva
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I saw this book on the shelf of my local thrift store. I was intrigued by the big giant crystal clear blue eye on the front. It was a good read, if you like the type of book that really gets to you."
  • Devansh Jindal
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I was trying to find one of the best books for 18 year old girls for my niece, and I came across 1984 by George Orwell. This classic novel may not be for every young woman, but it certainly has the mystique and pizazz to keep most young readers enthralled with a terrifying prophecy about a future government takeover. I recommend this to any young woman or young person in general."
  • Albert Fisher
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, his dystopian vision of a government that will do anything to control the narrative is timelier than ever..."
  • Daisy Wu
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I think pretty much everyone reads this as part of high school English, right? But I think you're too young then. I read it again recently, and boy it gave me the chills! It's an amazing portrayal of what could happen, and so timely too. I encourage everyone affected by world events to give this another read."
  • Matthew Castillo
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This was very fun to read especially if you are into this type of thing. Really well written and easy to grasp the thoughts of the author."
  • Teresa Reid
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I didn't know who Chris Hedges was until I looked him up, but having done so I can absolutely see why he would recommend this book. It's been considered essential reading in many high schools for many reasons, and today the story told remains relevant to this day, frighteningly so."
  • Ishan Das
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "a really great book that is becoming more true every day "
  • Roger Hudson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "1984 is, in my opinion, one of the best magnum opus books ever written. I consider it to be a classic at this point and a "must read". For some reason, I just got around to reading it and can't believe it took this long. While it's certainly dark, it's also a reminder of how bad society might become. In that way, it's a cautionary tale definitely worth reading."
  • Edward Brown
    Written on March 3, 2018
    "1984 is one of the best books I've read that I've seen mentioned in the Gilmore Girls series. Very underrated book. The story is very refreshing and offers elements that were never done before in the genre."
  • Eric Davidson
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This book is a classic overall, not just a cult classic. It's required reading in many English and Lit classes and really should be required reading for all thinking citizens. It's a timely glimpse into the dangers of the information age and is one of the most forward thinking books ever. I think people who ignore this book are in danger of living out the story it details."
  • Nathan Hoffman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The book 1984 was a great read and I highly recommend those who haven't read it yet to give it a try. An interesting look into an alternate reality that seems to become ever more true in society as technology continues to advance. "
  • Daniel Ortega
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a great book, albeit uncomfortable. Winston lives in a society where privacy is nonexistent and your every move is watched. The book really pulls you into the story and allows you to feel the hopelessness of the world. If you pay attention, you can really see a lot of parallels between the world in which Winston exists and our world today. An absolute must read classic!"
  • Thomas Hughes
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "1984 is a book that is very philosophical and goes into details of how society is in it's current state. I find reading this book to be very enlightening and thought provoking at the same time. It is not too long of a read either which is a huge plus. "
  • Jose Gordon
    Written on November 25, 2017
    "The time of year is here when we need to consider what to buy for that all important office Secret Santa pool. In these trying political times, I think that the novel 1984 makes for a thought provoking gift choice. This could make for an interesting conversation starter at your next Secret Santa."
    Aadhya Jhadav
    Written on November 28, 2018
    "@Bruce Perez It is really a great book and for office Secret Santa, people should also consider if the receiver will like this "serious" kind of book."
    Bruce Perez
    Written on November 8, 2017
    "This is a fun yet serious gift at the same time. The book would certainly surprise someone yet offer value at the same time, making it a fun secret santa gift."
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  • Philip Young
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "A great dytopian fiction novel"
  • Deborah Bell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "1984 is the best 20th century science fiction book. It's amazing how this book is more applicable today than it was back when it was written. The dialogue and narration balances out to give a depiction of how the future may look. Ironically, several of these predictions have come to pass, in our real current world. This book really makes you think. You will really be deep into thought as you read this book.Orwell is a master of setting up a scene and having you feel as if you have to figure out the solution. It's a great read that transcends time."
  • Francisco Salgado
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I don't know if I consider Orwell's 1984 a classic book in the same vein as Pride and Prejudice or War and Peace, but it sure is a classic in its own right. If you didn't read 1984 in school like I did, then rush out to the nearest bookstore and score yourself a copy. Its visions of a dystopian future are haunting, and its picture of a spying government are timeless and thought-provoking."
  • Ronald James
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I find myself reading 1984 once again, and I want again I'm in shock at the realism almost prediction quality of the work. Orwell is like a savant in that which of the book has come true in our current life he was far ahead of his time."
  • Aaron Kelly
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Good sci fi book. It tells about a future where free thought is against the law and a government that has total control over people. I highly recommend it."
  • Juan King
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Patrick Rothfuss is a great fantasy author, and I enjoy reading his work, so I thought I would love reading the text he draws inspiration from. Boy, was I wrong in this case. This was not the first encounter I've had with 1984. I tried reading the book back when I first saw Apple's 1984 superbowl advertisement, and just couldn't get into it. Now I've read it from cover to cover and though I see the appeal, it's just not for me."
    Christopher Morales
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Good choice. This book gets 4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon reviews and it has over 6,000 reviews."

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