Anthem by Ayn Rand is a fabulous dystopian-era read. Reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian reads, this one will hook you from the very first page. And at 105 pages, you’ll speed through Anthem!
Equality 7-2521 is a member of society and seems to be too smart for his own good. The society focuses on unity, instead of the individual, a collective “we.” But this doesn’t work for Equality 7-2521 because he has goals, wishes, hopes that seem to place him on the outskirts of society.
When he discovers an opening to a closed-off and unused sewer, he takes it for himself as a sort of laboratory. Highly illegal to do so, but Equality 7-2521 spends much time in his underground lair, writing in a secret journal (which is how we know what’s going on in the story) and conducting scientific experiments.
Will Equality 7-2521 break away from the collective and become an individual during this novel?
Ayn Rand has some strong societal views hidden among the pages of this story. I’m only going to briefly delve into them. Ayn Rand believes in the power of individual thinking and the negative possibilities of Groupthink leading people off track.
I also think that Groupthink can be dangerous at times (Look at WWII!) but that groups have also accomplished some amazing work. However, the most important thing is that if your group is going off track, do not just let them go! Be an individual within the group – stand up for what is right!
Being 105 pages, Anthem can be read quickly with little thought to the political, or totally analyzed into a great book club discussion. It’s up to you, but I recommend you getting a copy of this dystopian novel.
Are you a fan of dystopian reads? What’s a favorite of yours?