I first read this in high school, and it made a deep impression on me. You will never look at propaganda the same way again after reading this book.— Jenn, Atlanta
Airstrip One - formerly called Great Britain - is a place of constant war and omnipresent surveillance. The oppressive thought police known as Thinkpol ensures no citizen steps out of line. Control is total. Winston Smith, an unremarkable worker for the Ministry of Truth, spends his days diligently falsifying historical records. When Winston discovers a corner in his apartment that is not in view of State surveillance, he finally has a tiny space to dream and think. But thinking for yourself is forbidden, and Winston's taste for freedom leads to ideas of rebellion and to an illegal love affair, and he enters a world in which one false move can mean a fate worse than death.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a frightening tale of one man's silent struggle within a totalitarian system dominated by falsehood, propaganda, war and repression. It is a chilling warning which, now we enter an era of total surveillance and increasing authoritarianism, is more relevant than ever.