Reviewed by Luke Moore
1984 by George Orwell is about a dystopian society in a fictional country called Oceania. In this oppressive dystopian society, all forms of expressing individuality are strictly banned. The main protagonist, Winston, is a rebel with an unusual hatred for his government. 1984 follows Winston’s life in this oppressive society.
Winston has a normal job, normal interests, and a normal career. Just like everyone else in Oceania, Winston has been forced to conform for his whole life. Citizens of Oceania are constantly reminded that they are being watched, which scares them into following the strict rules of the dystopia. Winston, however, believes any punishment he may receive would be a small price to pay for his freedom. Winston is a determined yet stubborn risk-taker stuck in a harsh society.
The format and strong diction of 1984 made it initially difficult to read. However, once I got used to the new format, I really enjoyed the novel. I would recommend this novel for young adults with an interest in dystopian societies.
Luke Moore was a sophomore in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys swimming, playing soccer, and reading.
Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.