Anthem by Ayn Rand is a novella-length dystopian that imagines a future society where collectivism has won out over individualism. Rand, who escaped Soviet Russia in the 1920’s, was a vocal critic of the Soviet Union. This book is a not so low-key criticism of Communism and Marxist ideology. People have their jobs and lives planned out for them based on the needs of society. They don’t even have individual names. They’re given designations with a number beside of it.
A young man who is unhappy with his lot in this collective utopia makes a connection to the old world that threatens to change everything for him. But I won’t ruin it for you with a spoiler.
Ayn Rand is sometimes criticized for lack of depth in her characters. I’ve seen people accuse her of writing all the same characters in her books.
I’m not one of those people. I rather enjoy her books (I’ve read Atlas Shrugged and now Anthem), and I never thought to myself that there was anything shallow about the characters.
Final say: 5/5 stars. If you liked Brave New World or Fahrenheit 451, you’ll like Anthem. Read it!
Release Date: February 15, 2011
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