In case you, my dear reader, are like my friend, I'm writing this review for you. Perhaps you'll still never read the book, but you at least need to know what it's about as you'll find allusions to it everywhere.
Ever since I read it in high school, 1984 has been one of my favorite books. The book takes place in 1984 (30 years after it was written) in one of three world powers: Oceania, which is comprised of the Americas, Australia, part of Africa, and the British Isles. Oceania is a stricter police state than any one ever known to man: there is even a thought police that seeks out those who even have thoughts against the country's ruling inner party. Every room has a telescreen: a television that they can use to watch and hear your every move and your every noise.
Winston Smith finds himself locked into this world that he knows is wrong. He himself works as someone who rewrites history, changing "facts" in past newspaper articles to reflect the current state of things. He is obsessed with finding ways to undermine the controlling party, headed by "Big Brother."
I enjoy two things about this book: first, it's presentation of Orwell's anti-totalitarian thoughts is fascinating. Secondly, at some point in the book, Winston realizes that truth is truth, regardless of whether anyone else believes it to be true.
This book also holds the honor as a book that has made me cry at it's ending each time I've read it, though it's not a dramatic book like others that make me cry. To explain further would be to give too much away.
So, if you haven't read 1984, I really think you need to!