• Classics Book Review,  Dystopia Book Review

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    My Review: Winston is our everyman, a middle-aged average male living under the heel of a totalitarian regime. His work is bland, his food is bland, his everyday routine is bland. Winston is losing it, he wonders about the world that was before the party and resists in small ways. He ponders about the subtle ways that the party exerts its control, by perpetual war, by rewriting history, by lying so blatantly that the members of the party have to accept the lies as truth. Winston dreams of revolution and finds himself seeking out others like him. Nineteen Eighty-Four was not an easy read by any means, it’s startlingly brutal.…

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    Bird Box

    Warnings: Violence, Gore, Animal Death, Suicide My Thoughts There are very few books that I would consider hard to forget, but even years after I read Bird Box, I remember how much this book chilled me. With a world gone blind after a mysterious evil appears and drives humanity insane, the premise of this novel stands out. The absence of sight means that every sound or brush felt by the character immediately creates a tense atmosphere, Bird Box comes to life by using a horror writer’s best tool: the imagination of the reader. The story goes back and forth between the present-day, Malorie taking the children down the river, and…

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    The Road

    My Thoughts Where to start with this book. Well, first I can say that The Road is my first Cormac McCarthy book and I’m deeply conflicted about it. I was immediately surprised and rather frustrated by his writing style. There is a part of me that wants to read his other books to see what the fuss is about, but the other part of me is honestly hesitant because of how miserable my reading experience was with The Road. It is one of the most horrifying books I’ve ever read, both for its content and for the blatant disregard of anything that makes a book great but especially syntax. The…

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    The Memory Police

    My Thoughts The Memory Police is one of the most disorienting and haunting novels that I had ever read. It felt like watching a black and white movie on a projector with film that is slowly deteriorating. The story centers on an island where things disappear, both physically and from memory. The forgetting is enforced by an ominous police force known simply as the memory police that ensures that every forgotten thing is eliminated entirely. The narrator is a young woman, afflicted with the same memory loss as many of the island’s inhabitants, that covets forgotten things that have been hidden away in her house. She is accompanied by an…