Author: George Orwell
Genre: Science fiction
Individuality is all but dead in George Orwell's dystopian classic 1984, one of the scariest books of all time simply because its implications are so intensely reality-based. Through the eyes of a rebellious Ministry of Truth employee named Winston Smith, Orwell's chilling evisceration of tyrannical, governmental rule depicts a world in which free thought is forbidden and "Big Brother" is always watching. Try reading it without succumbing to acute paranoia.
Fun Fact: You know that undying, ever-annoying Big Brother reality show that continues to bring solid ratings to CBS? It's directly influenced by Orwell's novel, just not nearly as good.