it was slow. it was depressing. 1984 is the perfect picture of dystopia, the opposite of utopia. the main character is lacking heroic qualities. it reminded me a bit of the hand maiden's tale. despite all those negatives, you should read it. seriously, the interesting part was that it was written in the 40's but does a remarkable job describing technology in the 80's. it also would be a fabulous book to discuss in a book club, it challenges your deepest beliefs on society, government, and being an individual.