Book Avengers: 1984 by George Orwell

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Happy Monday friends, and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we’re featuring 1984 by George Orwellthe book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in March. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this feature that Kristina and I debuted last year! 

what did Kristina and I think of this old-school classic? We were both looking forward to reading this one since neither one of us managed to read it in higH school like the rest of the world.

1984 by George Orwell

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia” -a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Kristina’S REVIEW…

Overall thoughts…

I think these sort of books, though educational, informative, and downright terrifying at times, aren’t for me.  I find myself wanting to skim or skip chunks at a time for the simple reason that my brain doesn’t want to process this as a possible truth.  I know the world we live in and the issues surrounding us, I am not naive to these things, but I think for me reading is my escape.  I want to leave the world’s troubles behind for a while and feel safe when reading, not worse.
So with that being said – I don’t want to try to dissect this book for reasons I hate it because I didn’t go into the book with a complete open mind and that was unfair on my part and I would be trying to tear apart a book for no reason other than it wasn’t a genre I care for any more.  For that reason alone, I won’t give a star rating but a DNF.
Fantasy and sad contemps are where I need to stay.

DID IT LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

I don’t know if I’d say this book was hyped to me as much as I’ve known about it forever due to summer reading requirements.  I never picked it, I always went with Austen type books (Colonel Brandon will always win) but I did always assume I’d read it eventually. Years (more than I’d like to admit) later here I am though I’m going to be honest, I think I’m too late.  I missed the window where I wanted to read all the dystopian novels and that influenced my opinion greatly.

Kristina’S RATING: DID NOT FINISH


Meanwhile

Sarah’s REVIEW…

Overall Thoughts

Well, there’s a reason I put Kristina’s thoughts first. Because mine are going to be very short and not so sweet. I’m so sorry to report that I made it less than 100 pages before I ended up DNF’ing this one. So my thoughts are going to be pretty brief. I feel so let down. I know I should regard this as a classic and an important book that deserves to be read. But, I just couldn’t do it! I don’t know if I wasn’t in the right head space or if this book just wasn’t for me, but it just didn’t grab me at all. If anything, 1984 made me feel super anxious and freaked out.

Did it live up to the hype?

I think it’s pretty obvious that my answer to this is going to be a big no. From the opening pages, I knew this was not at all the book for me. But I tried my best to keep reading in the hopes that something would click, but it never did. It goes to show that even though a book may be considered a literary classic, that it may not always live up to the hype for a reader. Just look to “The Great Gatsby” for another example. I absolutely LOVED that book, but I know so many people who didn’t.

Sarah’s RatinG: DID NOT FINISH


What Will Happen Next

Want to be a part of selecting our next book? Below are our three April picks that we’ve narrowed down from our current TBR list and we know are well-loved by the bookish community! For your vote to count, please comment below with your pick or head on over to our Twitter hashtag #bookavengers and vote using our Twitter poll. Feel free to retweet and help promote your pick! Voting closes March 27 and we will be announcing our next pick via Twitter that day.

MarCH picks…

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. There he indulges in joys of college-friendship, love, sex, and booze- and receives a rigorous education in modern sorcery. But magic doesn’t bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning. But their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined.

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time…

But the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for…

Sorcerer to the Crown By Zen Cho

Magic and mayhem collide with the British elite in this whimsical and sparkling debut.

At his wit’s end, Zacharias Wythe, freed slave, eminently proficient magician, and Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers—one of the most respected organizations throughout all of Britain—ventures to the border of Fairyland to discover why England’s magical stocks are drying up.

But when his adventure brings him in contact with a most unusual comrade, a woman with immense power and an unfathomable gift, he sets on a path which will alter the nature of sorcery in all of Britain—and the world at large…

NextTime

We hope you guys enjoyed our post to help promote amazing back list books! Please remember to vote for your favorite and join us March 27 when we announce our April pick. As always, if it is new to you as well please join us in reading, we’d love to chat with others about the April selection. See you soon!

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Sarah

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