If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live within the North Korean regime, this book is probably the best depiction.
One theme in 1984 I found most interesting was the falsification of reality and erasure of history through scrupulous disinformation, as well as the insanity that one can stumble under when ruminating over whether or not there’s really a world outside of human consciousness. Overall though, 1984 wasn’t anything too mind-blowing. It was thought-provoking at best. Since its publication in the ’40s, the idea of an extreme totalitarian government has been explored through countless other works of fiction and philosophy. I’d still recommend reading the book, however, if only to explore the full-extent of what an uncontested single-party system could potentially achieve.
Just be warned: like with most classics, 1984 is inherently sexist and a tad racist, but that’s to be expected given the era in which it was written.