MY TOP BOOKS OF 2016 (Revised):

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” -Aldous Huxley

1. 1984 – George Orwell

Perhaps most famous for the novel Animal Farm, George Orwell’s 1984 is a novel worthy of high recognition.

It follows the story of Winston and his relationship with ‘the party’ a totalitarian government. Telescreens monitor actions and thoughts scanned for treason; there truly is no freedom. Black is white, 2+2=5.

1984 is a gripping novel, with a daunting storyline. I found myself hoping for the downfall of the party and for the freedom of the common person- freedom came from utmost faith in the party.

Perhaps the greatest love/dystopian piece of fiction, 1984 shows us the hardships in life. Death is inevitable. My words cannot truly describe how thrilling the novel is.

2. Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

An empowering novel…. A modern day To Kill A Mockingbird, it does not recieve the recognition it deserves. This book should be a necessary GCSE study. It is a truly amazing piece of art.

Two girls, hatred is high, but their love is just blooming, it did make me cry.

3. Brave New World -Aldous Huxley

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a memorable novel, looking forward to the fate of a ‘Utopian lifestyle’, late in the 26th century. It explores details such as childbirth, education and the caste system which is in place. From start to end Brave New World is a shocking novel:

Throughout his novel, Huxley creates a surreal yet terrifyingly possible world. After the revolution of mankind, savages are forced to live on reservations whilst other must live in a world of hierachy and corruption. People outside the reservations live in a modern environment, satisfying themselves on drugs and intimacy. Nearly the entire population is satisfied under this system except Bernard.

Bernard, unsatisfieid and disgusted of the world, takes a trip to the savage reservations. Here he discovers it is much difference to what he sought it to be.

The question is who is more civilizied, the savages (us) or them?

To conclude, Brave New World is a fantastic novel: the characters were very interesting and many phrases are easily quotable, showing how effective a novel it really is. A novel definately worth a read.



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