'It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were just striking thirteen'
From the first sentence, I knew this would be a whopper of a dystopian...more'It was a bright, cold day in April and the clocks were just striking thirteen'
From the first sentence, I knew this would be a whopper of a dystopian novel.
I read this before most people, only a year after hitting the double-digits. Then I read it again. And again. And again. I read it so much, that by the time I was in high school I could recite most of the novel from memory. This was my first dystopian book after the Giver, and from then on I became hooked on that genre. I read dystopian novel after dystopian novel, but to this day, none compare.
Orwell's writing is genius, he has a keen understanding on how the mind works and how people would react to certain events. The plot is unique (at his time), and very suspenseful. The only "dry" part of this novel -cut it some slack, every novel has dry parts- is where Orwell inserted an essay as part of the story. The essay is very good, just not what I was expecting. You can easily skip that entire section without hurting your understanding of the novel.
1984 is one of those rare books that can combine science fiction, mystery, suspense, and romance with the artistry of a master painter mixing his oil paints. You feel the hate, the pain, and the wonder of the main character. The Thought Police become your own nightmare. This book makes you fear for the one safe place every human on earth has a right to - their own mind.
I have read Dickens, Shakespeare, and Huxley. I have read Mitchell, Collins, and Rowling. But nothing I have read has ever come close to this beautiful, tragic piece of literature.
Freedom is Slavery. War is Peace. Ignorance is Strength.
With heart-wrenching themes of angsty teen love, underground rebellion, and tyrannical government, this book is a must-read for teens and adults alike...moreWith heart-wrenching themes of angsty teen love, underground rebellion, and tyrannical government, this book is a must-read for teens and adults alike. Suzanne Collins' second series, the Hunger Games simply destroys all competition on the bestseller list.
The futuristic dystopian novel takes heavy cues from the cult favorite Battle Royale, a tale of a government program where children battle to the death. However, Collins gives the old classic a nice spin and makes the adult novel much more kid friendly with less violence (but not so little to disappoint!), less mature ideas and a good boy/bad boy style romance.
The book is set in Panem, a future version of North America. Panem is cut up into thirteen districts, each with their own trade, and a large utopian city governing them called the Capitol. After a revolution among the districts, the Capitol took harsh measures to insure that would never happen again by shortening food supplies and launching an annual program called the Hunger Games. In the Games, two children from each district are drawn via lottery to fight for the death; a reminder to would-be rebels everywhere that the Capitol is not to be messed with. The last child standing gets a year of food rations and the glory of their District. Katniss Everdeen, sixteen-year-old rule breaker from District Twelve, is almost certain that her name will be drawn this Hunger Games. But she finds it's much too early to be making assumptions...
The Hunger Games is a definite crowd pleaser with non-stop action and surprises. Harry Potter and Twilight fans alike will be enraptured. Readers will be on tenterhooks to find out what happens next. (less)