Dystopia is the right word to describe this novel. First let me tell you that I totally disagree with the concept. A socialist society cannot be a dystopian. It would be utopian where all the people are equal and no economical differences. Of course, there will be differences in power; no political system can give power to all.
I think George Orwell was a huge supporter of capitalism. We need to look into the period when this novel was written. It was in late 1940s when it was thought that Britain would see a revolution that makes the country a socialist state. And he wanted to make sure he writes something which he thought would be the result of the revolution in future which is as per him a dystopian society. This is what I did not agree.
Having said that, keeping all the ideological issues aside, if I review the book, I would say this is one of disturbing works of fiction. You would never want to live in a society that penned down by Orwell. The Society where suppressing is normal and accepted whole heartedly.
Throughout the book you will not find the lighter side anywhere even by mistake. He make sure that the gloomy feeling never gone down anywhere even in the love episodes of Winston and Julia.
One thing I liked about his writing style is, he hasn’t explained about the society and how it is created etc. Instead he keeps us in dark till Winston knows it. Till then you could wonder how this society came into existence, who is Big Brother etc. Some of them were answered towards the end, some of them not as they say to Winston; you would know only what we want you to know.
My rating for this book is ★★★☆☆
I would have given four stars for this. But the first two paragraphs explain why it is only 3. One word of caution before you choose this book to read, it is too depressing and some places a bit violent. Keep it in mind and decide whether to read it or not.