Reviewed by Zachary
Animal Farm is the author’s fictional interpretation of the twentieth-century USSR. The author uses the third-person perspective of cute farm animals to portray an even deeper meaning. It gives the world a simple perspective on Communism and the effect it has had on citizens who have lived under this system.
I enjoyed reading this book as the author uses colourful descriptions and vivid real-life examples to get the reader really thinking. The book seems to be directly based on events that occurred in the USSR in the twentieth century. This relation and the animals chosen to represent politicians are clever tactics to get the reader to understand Communism better. Once the reader gets into the details of the book it is impossible to put down, and it leaves you with unanswered questions that make you want more.
I would recommend this book to teens 14 years and older. While it does not contain coarse themes or language, it seems that it would be hard for a younger audience to understand the true message and intent of the book. I think that this book is appropriate for anyone over the age of 14 because it shows the reader just how bad a Communist government could turn out to be.
This book reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, because of its deep messages and its common theme relating to history. That book focuses on the deep racial prejudice among many people in the early United States and the effect that it has on the people around them.