Meet George Orwell:
George is the founder of the term/concept of "Big Brother," that someone (the government) is always watching you. In addition to 1984, George wrote Animal Farm, a satirical novel.
I read this after having read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. As it turns out, I favor Brave New World over 1984, though both were excellent. 1984 was much more depressing overall. And both authors have been all too prophetic in their messages/warnings, which is scary.
The most irking aspect of 1984 for me, the part that hit home the hardest, was (is) how society was working so hard to develop machines to be as human as possible and how humans were becoming automatons. We can already see this happening in our daily lives.
1984 was interesting in its use of the language recession. The brainwashing implemented by the Party and Big Brother is quite terrible. I don't quite know what to make of the ending. It was just depressing, really... But, a great book that everyone should read.
Both were sobering novels, both were great reads, and both are coming true. Well. We've been warned.