A Reader posted a review at 2009-08-27 01:53:37.
An amazing book, though frankly terrifying and quite horrific.
The plot centers around Winston, every day guy in totalitarian society ruled by the Party whose control is absolute. People live alone, cut off from one another with their only loyalties to the ever watching Big Brother, leader of the Party. Mere obedience is not enough, you must completely surrender yourself and are trained to do so from birth, even a negative thought in regard to the regime will be spotted and is punishable by death. For the last 7 years doubt about the Party has begun to build in Winston's mind and so gradually, one tiny act at a time, he goes about starting a personal revolution which will ultimately lead to his demise.
1984 is an astounding observation on power which really goes into depth on the subject. Though written around 1950 I think, it feels hugely contemporary and raises many issues that can be related to our own lives, making them all the more poignant.
Read it, for so many reasons.