The Future is Dead (1984 – A Book Review)

1984
Author: George Orwell
Published: 1949

On Goodreads

1984 - flavorwire

My Rating: Full boltFull boltFull boltFull boltFull bolt

WAR IS PEACE

FREEDOM IS SLAVERY

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

The year is 1984 and during this time, three continents: Oceania, Eastasia, and Eurasia, have been at war for a long time. Technology is at its utmost heights. It’s the ideal utopia…but it’s not. Language is constantly changing, turning lies into the truth. Television watches you wherever you go. Even love is distorted.

This utopia where a simple crime or immoral wrongdoing could get you vaporized and your every thought and emotion is monitored by the Thought Police, you are not you. War is constant and seemingly never ending. Following Winston, get a firsthand look at this new future where your everything is controlled and the future isn’t as bright and shiny as it appears. You are watched to make sure you follow the leader, though Winston begins to search for individuality in whatever way he can in secrecy.

Big Brother Is Watching You

This book scared the ever-loving crap out of me. It felt realistic and left me shook.

The story was really slow at first, but then little by little everything was being revealed and the more that was revealed the more frightening it was! And by the time I got too far it was too late. The jeering hatred spread across the pages that was encouraged throughout the book by The Party was jarring. How dark this book is, is quite unnerving for me. The idea that an all-powerful ‘Big Brother’ is watching everything and everyone is just too creepy.

1984

The tone was mechanical and automated feeling and then started changing little by little as Winston’s world changed. I really enjoyed how it shifted along with the character. It’s unique and intriguing, emphasizing him changing throughout the novel. The ending made my blood run cold. Since I try to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible, I can’t tell you anything more except that I felt utterly stripped and drained and heartbrokenly horrified. The book is really in depth, too. There’s not a single moment where I felt lost. Everything is so well thought out, increasing how intense it is.

Winston felt like such a plain person at the beginning, but grew more and more as I kept reading. He was utterly simple and ordinary, but so is everyone in the book. That’s how The Party liked their people. Compliant. Blind. Mindless. To have thoughts or any true emotions was a death sentence.

I crumbled a few times during the book. There were no holds on what went on around Winston. It was like he lived in a grey world and slowly began to see color. (Pleasantville, anyone? Only much worse.). In such a world like this one, I wanted to protect him and warn him of all the dangers he was in.

1984

The Party, the great antagonist, was mysterious, but the kind you didn’t want to figure out. This government held all of the power and didn’t hesitate to use it to put people in slavery without them even realizing it. Imagine if every step you took or every breath or thought was being watched? Feeling like that one song by The Police? Well, that’s The Party AKA totalitarianism. Total control to the point that they could make it possible that you never existed.

Following along with Winston, he was slowly coming to see what the world was really like and how dangerous The Party was. The entire city he lived in felt so plain and dark and generic, just the way The Party wanted it. The technology was scarily advanced just so that it could invade every aspect of people’s lives. It heavily reminded me of what happened with the FCC just months ago. There was nowhere that felt safe.

1984

Do I recommend this? Certainly. The writing is spectacular and truly brought this whole twisted, futuristic world to life to feel real and possible. From the eyes of a man that lives day to day in this dark utopia. My brain just took off at the speed of light with so many contemplative questions. It’s deep and crazy and had my heart racing with dread. READ THIS!

Quotables:

“Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.” (p. 70)

“Sanity is not Statistical.” (Winston, p. 218)

“But the whole universe is outside us. Look at the stars! Some of them are a million light-years us. They are out of our reach forever.” (Winston, p. 265)

More to come soon…

–K.

P.S. Song today? One Step Closer by Linkin Park.

Find me:

Twitter

Goodreads

Thoughts? Tell me in the comment section below.

Advertisements

Controlled By No One (Possession – A Book Review)

Possession
Author: Elana Johnson
Published: 2011

On Goodreads

Possession

My Rating: Full bolt Half bolt

In a world of control or be controlled, never trust the one you love.

In this world, there are rules. You must follow the rules or be deemed a baddie and put in the Badlands. That’s the best-case scenario. Worst case? You end up as the Thinkers’ play toys.

Vi isn’t having any of that. She doesn’t truly follow the rules and she blames that on Zenn, or the way he makes her feel anyway. How much trouble can one girl get into for touching a boy…or kissing him? Then the Thinkers brainwash him and she’s locked up. In comes egotistical Jag, the only person who might be able to help her. In lock-up for selling illegal tech, he and Vi break free and save Zenn before he’s taken over and controlled by the Thinkers.

This is a game of control of be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

  

Voices haunt Vi’s mind and she’s stuck with Jag, her cellmate. He’s not all bad, just strange. He’s agreed to helping her escape lock-up after a couple of bogus rules being broken. Though, rules are what keeps this society going, she doesn’t care. They’re busting out of their jail cell and heading to the Badlands-a shot at freedom. Vi won’t do it without Zenn, though, her match. Not all is as it seems and all is upside down.

I’m so sorry, but this book just wasn’t for me. Nope. Nope NOPE.

Vi, Jag, and Zenn make and intriguing triangle. They do. Buuuuut, I don’t know what they look like and how they’re portrayed really throws me off in to strange territory. I like strange, unique and creative. They can really amp a story. Here, I didn’t get that at all. I couldn’t get a full glimpse of what they looked like and I didn’t understand them that well either. From Jag having an uncontrollable infatuation with Vi’s hair and Vi’s ‘Vi speak’ (which I didn’t understand because there was no real intro to Vi Speak), I was a lost puppy. Their actions felt incredibly awkward and random for me. The romantic triangle between the three of them felt forced, but I also couldn’t envision Vi with either of them. She was witty and honest, but incredibly erratic and easily annoyed. Jag was too easily offended and slightly creepy. Zenn…this guy, though in love with Vi, didn’t appear to be in love.

grimace

With all of the regions that make up this dystopian landscape, from the Fire region to the Water region to the outlands of the Badlands, I was amazed. That’s a whole world and it sounded so cool! Sounded…There wasn’t much in the way of imagery, so I’m not entirely sure what it all looked like. The Badlands was just about the only place I got a good look at and it was wicked! Mad Max meets The Bad Batch. And if you aren’t familiar with either then go and watch them. I’m serious. GO!

Possession

The flow was really great. I enjoyed how fast the pace of the story was. It really embraced how it feels to be on the run. There wasn’t a chance to take a breath and that made everything that much more intense. My attention was totally captured. I couldn’t peel away.

The way that the characters were interconnected was very nifty, too. From time to time, people can drop into other people’s dreams. It was freaky! And incredibly personal. I would feel violated if that happened to me. LOL. However, when it came to these part or others, I just wish the transition had been easier.

I wish I enjoyed this book more. My problem was that there wasn’t enough. Yep, I’m being greedy, bookworms. I just couldn’t enjoy it that much. Everything felt half built from the character to the world they lived in. I was so into getting into the Dystopian scene. There are more books in the series, but I don’t think I’m going to read them. No sense since I wasn’t very fulfilled.

Quotables:

“People don’t return from the Badlands.” (Vi, p. 2)

“I don’t dream. At least I didn’t used to.” (Vi, p. 42)

“A lost future with Zenn. A possibility of finding my dad in the Badlands. And the excitement of a different future. With Jag.” (Vi, p. 96)

“Apparently in the Badlands, you can blow things up and then get a coffee.” (Vi, p. 125)

More to come soon…

-K.

P.S. Song today? It’s My Life by No Doubt.

Find me:

Twitter

Goodreads

Thoughts? Tell me in the comments below.