If you're read Orwell's depressing 1984, in which the Ingsoc Party (Communists by another name) acts with impunity, you'll find 1985 to becoming a much more uplifting sequel. Not only does Big Brother finally keel over (as does his toady bitch of a wife), a bunch of Thought Police (the KGB/NKVD by another name) get deservedly killed as well.

The most remarkable thing about the novel is that the author got away with writing the novel whilst living in Hungary in 1982, i.e. back when that country was still suffering under the Iron Curtain jackboot.