1984-George Orwell This dystopian novel, written in 1949, gives us a scary look at what the world may have become had the Nazis or communist regimes gained power over the world. This world is one in which every movement, every breath, every word is monitored. The Party tortures and executes all "thought criminals" or people they suspect don't love Big Brother, the leader of The Party. Ironically, the only ones who have freedom in this society are the "proles" who are your everyday poor people. The Party members are monitored by "telescreens" and controlled by "doublethink," a mental process in which people are able to convince themselves of a different reality. This allows The Party to lie and cover up mistakes without the citizens of Oceania thinking twice about it. They accept what The Party tells them without question, even if it contradicts something they already know. In a way, Big Brother and The Party are the equivilent of the gods of today's society, though The Party doesn't allow religion. People fear, respect, and have complete faith in them in the same way some have faith in God. This book does a good job of making the point that you shouldn't trust anyone completely and shouldn't follow anyone blindly. Though the technology in this book is somewhat outdated (who could have predicted the invention of the computer?) this classic will hopefully live on for a long time. Big Brother is Watching You.