We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
This book took my breath away.
If you've read books like 1984 and Brave New World, this novel was what helped inspire these titles. It's about a futuristic, dystopian society, very similar to Brave New World. The story revolves around a mathematician who discovers the confusing, terrifying, blissful, and completely irrational emotion of love. Never had I read a piece of literature that has described such human emotion so articulately and magnificently. Every paragraph, every sentence, is a work of art.
As I was reading this, it felt like my mind was on a whole different level of consciousness. I can't even begin to describe my reaction to this novel. At the very grim and bitter end, the plummet back to reality was a harsh one. The poetic style of the prose just has that sort of effect on you.
I suppose that's why I'm so drawn to dystopian literature--it really highlights the human condition. Such mundane things we do within our daily lives, from dreaming, to imagining, to loving--all are essentially stamped out and oppressed. All in the name for perfection, for a greater good. But you know what they say, revolutions are infinite.
If you've been looking for something intellectual and thought-provoking, look no further. This novel is the novel for you.