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Anthem is Ayn Rand’s dystopian fiction novella that takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been…  See more details below


Anthem is Ayn Rand’s dystopian fiction novella that takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age characterized by irrationality, collectivism, and socialistic thinking and economics. Technological advancement is now carefully planned (when it is allowed to occur at all) and the concept of individuality has been eliminated (for example, the use of the word "I" or "Ego" is punishable by death). This classic novella has been formatted for optimal viewing on the Nook and is equipped with an active Table of Contents for smooth and simple navigation!

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Anthem 3.9 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 246 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ignore these ignorant, youth-driven responses. Nearly every negative review given was from an individual complaining over assigned reading for an English class, or seeming supporters of non-individualistic forms of societies and/or governments. If you're a free-thinker, independent, and believe in individual freedom, you will thoroughly enjoy this book. It is an extremely quick read, as it is less than 150 pages; however, it is also completely enthralling the entire way through. I also saw a few critical reviews citing the lack of character development, but that is absolute garbage. The character(s) grow dramatically given the length of the book, and I like to use the comparison of the development to Hemmingway's "Old Man and The Sea" both are short, but have great development in the main characters. Strongly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutley could not put this book down! Rand's story is simple, yet poignant. Even though I don't agree100% with her philosphy, she expresses it so well in this novel that you can't help but want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book took me a bit to get into it, and once I did I was intrigued. A quick read and I made many connections to the Giver!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down. Read it in 1 day. Individuality and freedom is everything. Now more the ever. Must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anthem by Ayn Rand is one of the best books I've ever read, and that's saying a lot. It's true her final pages take the concept of how important individuality is a little far, but it is consistent with the character and the freedom he would feel. That said, I understand how some people will hate this book, but I hope they can rise to the level to understand why it is still an important read. Very, very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book we are reading it in school, and its perfect for 10th graders to see how Ayn Rand saw the world in her perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I read it for my english class never heard of her or this book. But I loved how they talked so different the " we" instead of I, my friend like alot of people in class didn't like it, I think it takes a certain person to enjoy and understand this book. Great book and ending :).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly a more grown up version of "The Giver". Really gets you thinking. Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read!!! Thank you ayn rand for writing such a wonderful book. It was a little hard to understand at first, but after a chapter or so it all came together. Its not some romance novel that has no meaning at all. I was hooked from the start. By the way, thanks for explaining the whole "we" thing mrs. L. And for anyone else that doesn't get it, they say we instead of i because they don't know the word i. That would single them out as being an individual. Anyone that hasn'tread this book needs to!!!!!!!!!
Gabrielle Pelzer More than 1 year ago
it was a really good book and the way she wrote it really makes you think. it is a great book and i would highly recomend it.
Tyler-O-Liberty More than 1 year ago
Anthem is somewhat confusing at the beginning. We read this book in my English class and if my teacher didn't explain it to us, I may not have understood it. This book may make you appreciate the kind of life you have today. It has a small love story in it, and there isn't much action, so if u like those kinds of books then go ahead and read Anthem.
davemoneypezzhead More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was very symbolic and had alot of important life lessons. One very interesting thing about the book is it's almost 75 years old and the message is still relevant today. The book shows the true value of words and how if one was removed from society it could be catastropic.The book also has a good ending in my opinion.
Liberty28 More than 1 year ago
This type of book doesn't really fall into my category of interest, but my English 2 class was assigned to read it thoroughly and answer a few questions. It started off a little slow and confusing, but if you stick with it, and pay attention to Rand's details your eyes will soon be glued to the book until you've completed it. Her use of select words and references gives you a strong connection with the author's struggles and frustration in that time period, and the dull, uniform society she was forced to live in.
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Anthem by Ayn Rand is a book about a collectivist dystopian society. Anthem portrays the many cons of a collectivist society well, and shows the meaning of individualism. Equality is a man from this society that gets assigned street sweeper, and goes through many ups and downs, to even position himself against society to discover his “I”. Anthem is a great book that should be given to those who want to learn the struggles between individualism and collectivism. To begin with, the setting of Anthem has a very mysterious air to it. The size of Anthem is not particularly described and the environment around this society is not known except for the uncharted forest. Ayn Rand gives you the point of view of Equality, and one way this government has people to cooperate is to have them as ill-informed as possible. Which is why Equality cannot tell us much about anything outside of the society and the inner clock works of the government. Ayn Rand does not focus as much on setting detail as she does with character development. The fact that Ayn Rand focuses on her characters make  much more cohesive and well developed story. Ayn Rand does not dwell deep into the ideas and thoughts of the other characters through Equality, but gets her ideas across with the inner conflicts and ideas of Equality. While the other characters are not as well developed as  Equality, Equality’s growth and development is well seen. The hardships he goes through gives allows him to grow as a person. In Anthem he is constantly trying to discover who he is and the ideas that he believes people need to know. The plot of the story is well written, but predictable. There are plot holes that are not explained in the story, but it seems to be intentional, to show that not all the problems of individualism and collectivism could be solved, but to only show the struggles between them. There are some plot holes that may have been better answered, such as who the world council is, or if they were the only society like them. This book may be inspirational for people who are trying to be themselves and finding out who they are. What I did not like about the plot was the romance. It feels half-hearted and not well developed, and the story did not really need it. If the romance was a little more developed it would be a good addition to the story, but it does not seem to be well placed. In conclusion, Ayn Rand’s Anthem society should have more detail added into it, but is overall good. The main point was to show the struggles of individualism and collectivism through the protagonist Equality, but it sacrifices this through the lack of detail of creating the world itself. The Anthem society has many plot holes and lacks details with the world itself. Ayn Rand is a book that I liked to read, but not one I would pick myself off the shelf. I would rate this book 3.5 out of 5.
AnnyHoang More than 1 year ago
The novella "Anthem" written by Ayn Rand portrays the idea of individuality. Published by the New American Library in 1938, it has since became a favorite of many readers across the globe. Although it has won over the hearts of many readers over the past decades, it did not win over mine. The story begins with the main character, Equality 7-2521, explaining who he was, and how his society worked. He spoke of how he felt and what he discovered but never took credit for his own works. He did this because his community preached the idea of collectivism , which led the society to never experience their own thoughts or ideas. As the story progressed, it became obvious that Equality 7-2521 was experiencing new emotions: love. He had an attraction to a seventeen year-old named Liberty 5-3000, whom he have nicknamed The Golden One. The two unintentionally express their feelings for each other by giving illegal nicknames and awkward hand-kissing. Besides learning how to love, Equality 7-2521 also discovered a simple form of electricity; an old light bulb. There he finally claims credit for his invention and plans to to reveal the bulb at the World Council of Scholars, who are conveniently meeting at his city the next month. The day comes when the Council is here. They laugh at his face and deemed it unfit for the society. When they demanded the bulb to be destroyed, Equality runs out of town and into the Uncharted Forest. He travels for a couple of days until the Golden One caught up to him. The two sets off, leaving forever. After days of traveling, the two stumbles upon an old house left from the Unmentionable Times. They wander around the area exploring new objects. Eventually they plan to start their new live as Prometheus and Gaea.  I really dislike this book because Rand left a lot of questions unanswered. Basically Equality loses in the story because he gets kicked out of society. I feel like this story is not logical because everything Equality encounters in this story is something he happened to stumble upon. For example, he just happened to be sweeping that particular area that day and just found the manhole. Or when he met Liberty. He just happened to meet her that particular sidewalk he was sweeping on that particular day. What were the odds that she even liked him? In the real world, meeting people that are attracted to you when you aren't attractive is very unlikely. What prevented him from discovering the manhole before? Or meeting the Golden One? I rate this a generous ¿.
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EA_Lake More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Just plain loved it! Rand shows her unique style in every sentence, almost every word. Writes looking for creative ideas need to go no further. Just watch her crisply slash all personal pronouns. We'll the singular ones at least.
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Very good read, short and sweet.
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