A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
This book was better than I expected it to be. When I hear the name “A clockwork orange” I typically think about the movie that everyone thought was disturbing or how all the stoners in high school had a copy of the book. But when I decided to actually read it I was surprised. The language in this book is intentionally hard to understand so it is worth sparknoting each chapter so you can really get the most out of it. It has political, religious, and more themes that are pretty good. One theme I found interesting was how basically the government lets criminals rape and pillage at night as much as they want because it keeps people from gathering in secret to form any political groups that could be dangerous to the current establishment. The main character also gets abused by both sides of the political spectrum. Like I said the language is intentionally difficult to understand because it is a buffer between the reader and the atrocities that are taking place as the narrator downplays it. Also, one of my favorite themes the book brings out is the question who is better: someone who chooses to be bad, or someone forced to be good?