Read Orwell as a history lesson.
Read Orwell to help you look at the world you’re living in in a different, perhaps more critical way.
Read Orwell as an introduction to humanity at it’s worse, helping you to see what can go wrong, and to identify it in the most straightforward of circumstances.
But also read Orwell for the writing. Pared back, essential, without flowery unnecessities, with great observation, irony.
1984 had many children fearing the worse would happen on that year, of course it came, it went, nothing changed, except the ability to watch over everything and everyone that Orwell wrote about so many decades before has come to be fact now, even if it was not really the case back a few decades ago.
For the real grit read Animal Farm, for a picture of the futility of struggle read his memories of fighting in the Spanish civil war, when you were as much at risk of being shot by your own people than you were of ever even encountering the right.
And if these get you hooked then use the BBC iPlayer to listen to some of the recent readings from books like Down and Out in Paris and London, or some of the plays based on Orwell’s life.