Damn, stuck between a rock and a hard place, aren't you? World keeps spinning, you get to keep doing awesome stuff but have to write essays. World stops, you can't keep doing awesome stuff but no more essays. What do you have to write about, anyway?
It's a book that criticizes the ills of a totalitarian government. I don't really recommend you read it for enjoyment. But it has a practical message to society and government as a whole so you should read it if you're interested in that stuff.